(18 reviews with an average rating of 5 out of 5)

Publisher: Random House

Dogger is Dave’s special toy. He is soft, brown and worn in places, with one ear pointing up and the other flopping down. One day, after collecting his big sister Bella from school, watching the flags go up for the summer fair and enjoying ice-creams on the way home, Dave realises that Dogger is missing. The whole family searches for him, but Dogger is nowhere to be found. Dave is subdued when they visit the fair the following day, until remarkably he spots Dogger for sale on a toy stall. However, he is devasted when his beloved toy is sold to another child, but a selfless act of kindness from Bella ensures that all ends well.

This heart-warming picture book is a deserving winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration. The charming artwork beautifully captures a bygone era, while masterfully portraying childhood emotions and behaviours which are just as relevant today as when it was originally published in 1977. Exploring concepts of love, loss and kindness, this classic tale will be cherished by the entire family and will particularly appeal to any child who has a favourite toy.

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