Dog Gone (Book Review)

Rob Biddulph took the book world by storm over lockdown, becoming popular among children and parents for his fantastically fun Draw with Rob draw along videos. So you can imagine my own kids delight when Dog Gone, the new children’s picture book written and illustrated by Rob, arrived with us to read.

Teddy is a dog who has a pet human called Dave. If your children have read any other Rob Biddulph books before they will love spotting the Draw with Rob, Odd Dog Out and Blown Away books in Dave’s room. Teddy and Dave head to the park for a walk, but the pair are spooked when they see what everyone says is a terrible troll.

Children love it when books have a slightly spooky surprise, and I so enjoyed reading this to them and being able to give them a bit of a fright (but one that all turns out to be a misunderstanding in the end). After escaping, but then trying to reunite two squirrels with their lost nuts, Teddy loses Dave. The dog sets out to try and find his human, ultimately choosing to face his fears of the scary troll shed, where he meets an unexpected new friend.

This wonderful rhyming story will be a new favourite at story time, expect the little ones to lean in closer to pour over the beautifully bright illustrations and to fall in love with this new waggy tale that teaches the importance of kindness and friendship.

Meet Teddy and his human Dave in this fun book trailer for Dog Gone below, and don’t forget that you can even draw Teddy with Rob here.

You can also take a peek inside Dog Gone with Rob Biddulph below, but do expect a cliffhanger!

Dog Gone is available for a recommended retail price of R170.

Thanks to Jonathan Ball Publishers for sharing this fun book with us.

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