Odd Dog Out

Odd Dog Out

Odd Dog Out
Rob Biddulph

HarperCollins

ISBN 9780007594153

It's a dog's life in the big city... Come join one busy dog on her journey to find her place in the world, in this third sublimely illustrated book from the bestselling, award-winning Rob Biddulph. For busy dogs A busy day Of busy work And busy play... But one dog doesn't quite fit in. It's lonely being the odd dog out, when all she wants to do is find her place in the world. She's willing to go to the other side of the world to look for it... but it might take a different kind of journey for her to discover that maybe where she's meant to be is right back where she started... A gloriously illustrated story about leaving home and finding yourself, from the bestselling and award-winning Rob Biddulph, author of Blown Away and GRRRRR!

Librarian's Book choice

This latest book from the creator of Grrrr and Blown Away is just as gorgeous as his earlier titles and also much brighter - the pages are filled with startling pinks and yellows - as well as row upon row of symmetrical dachshunds. Well, except for one. This odd dog out is pink, fluffy and carefree in a world of regimented dachshunds dressed in black and white.

Odd dog feels, well, odd, so she sets off to search for her 'real home'. Her friends in the ordered world are, however, sad to see her go and even when she discovers a world where she fits in, the odd dog is given a special message by another 'odd dog'; be proud of your differences.

This is a deceptively-simple picture book that has much to tell children about finding our place in the world and valuing differences both in ourselves and in others. Children will also love pouring over the colourful pages as there is plenty of humour within the illustrations - especially the final spread where all the dachshunds celebrate their differences!

A lovely book to share with groups and, with its strong rhyming text, a treat to read aloud. Picture book / Ages 3+ / Reviewed by Alice Johns.


Reviews

Odd Dog Out5/5

Odd Dog Out

Rob Biddulph

Review

Odd Dog Out is a story about identity, being different and fitting in or not. Odd Dog is a sausage dog who lives in a town where all the other sausage dogs dress in exactly the same way, whether they are swimming, playing a violin or swimming. But poor Odd Dog is different: she looks different and feels very left out because of this. So she packs her bags and leaves to town in search of a new life. She finds this in 'Doggywood' where all the dogs look just like her and she is very excited by this. In this new town she then meets a male dog who is different and enjoys being so. He tells her 'I love to stand out from the crowd. And so should you. Stand tall. Be proud.' This sentiment rings true and she makes her way back to her odd town where all the residents are very pleased to see her. She then encourages them to be different and to find themselves. This is a lovely book in many ways. The illustrations give the sausage dogs real expressions and are very amusing. It would make it a very good book to use as a basis for discussion with a KS1 class. Picture book / Ages 4+ / Reviewed by Fiona Collins, consultant.

Reviewed by: Fiona Collins