Mr Dog, the perfect gentleman dog!

First in the new series!

Ben Fogle is one of our favourite celebrities due to the work he does with animals, and his interest in the natural world. I love the title of this book and the cover illustrations are bold, bright and attract the reader straight away. Nicolas Ilic has truly brought Mr Dog to life and he is very handsome! I would be recommending this book to 6 + readers.

Mr Dog is a fantastic character, he takes things so literally and does things without a lot of thought. His instincts are as true as his heart and I bet he will soon become a favourite pooch in many houses. Mr Dog is an elegant name for a brave dog and as he solves mysteries and rescues animals, he truly lives up to his name. His fancy neckerchief certainly adds to his elegance.

I love that he can speak rabbit and cat, and from the preview of a second in the series, I wonder what other “languages” he can speak! I look forward to having another adventure with Mr Dog. I think this will become a hugely popular new series of books for younger readers. The plot is easy to follow and the vocabulary is rich and will enhance their language skills as they read. Well done Ben Fogle and Steve Cole!

Second Adventure

I read Mr Dog and the Rabbit Habit a short time ago and immediately fell in love with this adventurous dog. He has an endearing love for helping animals, regardless of the trouble he may get into. His heart is always in the right place and somehow he always manages to get it right!

This newest title is a brilliant introduction for younger readers into the serious state of pollution in our oceans and waterways. Ben Fogle is also giving these new chapter book readers a brilliant foray into meeting new animals and learning about their habitats, food needs and abilities. A book that is enjoyable and teaches new information is a fine balance to master. I think because Ben Fogle is an animal lover, explorer and adventurer, these books and Mr Dog’s adventures come naturally to him.

I want to imagine they started as stories he shared with his children and have grown into a loveable series of books. The illustrations bring Mr Dog, Dizzy and Lulu to life and the dangers of plastics can also be appreciated by younger children. Mr Dog is loveable and adventurous and I hope to read many more of his adventures. Who might he meet next and where will his adventures take him? Find out in Book 3!

Third and Most Recent Adventure

Mr Dog is on the road again, or in this case, on a boat travelling to an island. As he is a stowaway, he is using his nose to help him figure out what is happening in this new place. There seems to be some mystery involving a hedge. A chance encounter with a basset hound named Dandy, leaves Mr Dog with a mystery to solve about hedgehogs. Mr Dog loves an adventure and sets off straight away!

It turns out that Dandy, his owner, and their dog sniffer friends are hunting hedgehogs. The gentleman Mr Dog cannot let this happen- he is a friend to all creatures. Putting his own sniffer to use, he soon meets Hog, a young hedgehog. As night draws near, they realise they are in incredible danger from Dandy and his gang. It’s going to take more than hiding out to avoid being captured or worse. Hog and Mr Dog work together and put their trust in each other to make it to a safe destination on the island.

I continue to be a huge fan of Mr Dog and love his kindness to all creatures, his willingness to save them and his elegant red and white hanky around his neck. He is indeed handsome and could perhaps become Sir Dog! An excellent book series for younger readers and those who love animals. Ben always adds a special informative page about the focus animals to help children know more about them. There is a sample of the next book in the back so I am already looking forward to that! Keep them coming Ben and Steve. Illustrations by the talented Nikolas Ilic

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