The Dog That Saved the World (Cup)

Publisher: Barrington Stoke

For Pickles the dog and his owner Elsie, football is everything – they love nothing more than playing the beautiful game together. So when Elsie’s local team win the chance to play a half-time match at the upcoming World Cup, the pair are very excited. But off-pitch, times are hard. Elsie’s dad is struggling to pay for rent and food. To make matters worse, the World Cup trophy has been stolen, putting the whole tournament – and Elsie’s dream match – in jeopardy. Can the loyal Pickles save the World (Cup) and make Elsie’s Wembley dream come true?

This highly engaging plot takes its inspiration from two fascinating real-life football icons – including a dog called Pickles who discovered the 1966 World Cup trophy after it was stolen from an exhibition! Written to be highly accessible, the clear layout, dyslexia-friendly font and tinted pages make this a great book for building confidence in newly independent readers.

A heartfelt and super-readable story with a positive and encouraging message about staying true to your dreams even when life presents challenges.

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