Dog Gone – reviews

P1000797(1)‘I discovered Dog Gone recently, a children’s chapter book by Carole Poustie, published by Avant Press, and I’m so pleased I did. From the start, Dog Gone speaks to us in the strong, vibrant voice of its main character, Ish …

‘Dog Gone is fast-paced, with great characters. The language is evocative but simple enough for junior primary readers to understand.’

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‘Death, disappearance, separation, ghosts, bullying – sounds a bit depressing, right? Not in the hands of Poustie. This is, in fact, one of the most positive books I’ve read… Poustie’s poetic turns of phrase make this book charming, heartfelt and friendly. For a child, it’s like visiting a best friend for a chat … A gorgeous story, and a must-read for both boys and girls.’ — Megan Blandford, Kids Book Review

‘Written with charm and humour, this is a story full of incident and emotion about a missing dog, a ghost and a family at crossroads – but most of all about the wondrously healing power of poetry in the life of a child.’ — Ursula Dubosarsky

‘The poems provide a good introduction to free-form poetry, giving this book application in the classroom and perhaps encouraging young readers to have a go at writing their own poetry… This novel for younger readers is more than just a lost dog story. It is a story of hope, the ability to adapt, enchanted fishing rods and, best of all, poetry.’ — Tina Cavanough, Magpies



‘Ish’s poems are collected in one sequence at the end – ‘Ish’s Poetry Journal’ – all the ones from the text, but some others as well. All a joy to read.’ — Dr Virginia Lowe

‘… I loved the book. Started it at lunchtime at work and just wanted to keep reading to see what happened …. Ish is a great character and the poetry such a wonderful element in the story.’ — Kathryn Duncan

‘Ish’s free verse is accessible, hearting-warming and humorous. They feature as little treats throughout the story, breaking-up the narrative and providing background. The narrative is exceedingly well-written. Told in first person from the perspective of Ish, it is convincing and not overly colloquial, which is somewhat refreshing.’ — Reading Time

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