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Book of the month: What’s That in Dog Years?

Written by Ben Davis, illustrated by Julia Christians
Perfect for age 9+

The last woof and testament of Gizmo the Wonder Dog!

When George realises that his beloved pet dog Gizmo has been around for a long time – it’s an even longer time in dog years! – he writes him a bucket list, and they set out on a series of laughter-filled adventures, in search of ice cream, pampering and Gizmo’s fifteen minutes of fame.

This heartfelt yet hilarious book uses funny fiction to explore the idea of loss with children in a sensitive way by combining laugh-out loud humour with poignant moments that will make them think.

With engaging illustrations and fun features, like Gizmo’s ‘Dog’s Tale’ with his views on walkies, jammie dodgers and more, animal lovers will be moved to tears (mostly of laughter!) by this touching relationship between a boy and his dog.

Win a copy of the book!

To celebrate the publication of What’s That in Dog Years?, we’re giving away a copy of the book to five lucky winners!

For their chance to win a copy of the book, we want your child to write a short poem for their pet. It doesn’t matter whether the pet is real or imaginary – we just want to hear about their ultra-wonderful adventures! Simply comment on the competition post at the top of the Oxford Owl Facebook page with your child’s poem to enter. Enter now!

Scroll down for Ben’s top tips for writing a poem for your pet!

UK residents only. Entry closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 28th July 2019.
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About the book

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What’s That in Dog Years?

George knows that Gizmo is getting old – after all, he’s been around since before George was born and what’s that in dog years? – so he writes Gizmo a bucket list. As the pair work their way down the list, they have lots of adventures and lots of laughs.

This heartfelt yet hilarious book is sure to be a hit with readers.

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About the author

Ben Davis is an author currently living and working in Staffordshire with his wife, son, and wimpy dog. Ben Davis writes funny books for older children and teenagers including the Joe Cowley series, My Embarrassing Dad’s Gone Viral and Make Me Awesome. When he’s not writing, he regularly visits schools and leads creative writing workshops.

Julia Christians received her diploma in communications design at the University of Art in Brunswick. After graduation she started working as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. She lives in the deep dark forest of the Harz Mountains, Germany, with her husband, her son and a pack of dogs.

Book extras

More books from Ben Davis

The Private Blog of Joe Cowley

Warning! Contains embarrassing parents, freaky friends, and treacherous parrots! 14-year-old Joe Cowley didn’t think his luck could get any worse. But then he finds out he has to share a bedroom with his new step-brother – wedgie-giving school bully Gav James – and Joe realizes all his worst nightmares are about to come true!

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Make Me Awesome

Can Freddie transform from zero to hero? It’s time to buy a one-way ticket to Successville and join Chuck Willard’s legendary (well, kind of), revolutionary (hmm, not so much), and 100% guaranteed (no chance!) Make Me Awesome programme. That’s what Freddie has just done and he’s ready to turn his life around and make it truly AWESOME!

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My Embarrassing Dad’s Gone Viral

When Nelson’s mum disappears, his dad decides to move the family to the middle of nowhere where they will lead a simple life. And by simple he means no TV, no internet, no games console, and no indoor loo! It’s time to come up with a drastic plan to get his mum back! And it involves turning his dad into an unsuspecting internet star…

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