Review: Clever dog, Kip

Clever Dog Kip 150This day-in-the-life story about a hard-working sheepdog is a lovely, gentle read, and wonderfully detailed illustrations ensure that it is a treat young readers can enjoy again and again.

Kip and the farmer have a full to-do list, from letting out the ducks and hens to milking the cow and gathering the sheep, and that’s just the start. When their flock escapes from a show in town, Kip will need all his speed, determination and cleverness to get them back where they belong.

As always, Benedict Blathwayt’s pictures capture the detail and character of the countryside beautifully, with lots of things to discover and discuss on every page (look out for the kittens and wee birds).

Our favourite scene showed the local market as it changed from bustling to colourfully chaotic, but the highlight was the bond between the loveable Kip and his master, which is skilfully, almost wordlessly, conveyed, throughout.

Clever Dog, Kip, by Benedict Blathwayt (Birlinn)

– Because we received a review copy of this book, we have made a donation to Mary’s Meals, so a hungry child will receive a meal a day in school for six months. Read here to find out how this works.

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