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Courtney

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When the children bring Courtney home he's just a loveable scruffy old dog. But the-mongrel-that-nobody-wants has the most amazing talents. He can cook! He can juggle! He can even play the violin! Then one day Courtney the wonder dog packs up his trunk and leaves home - but the children find out his helping paw is not far away...show more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 250 x 290 x 6mm | 199.58g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • RED FOX
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 0099666812
  • 9780099666813
  • 134,105

About John Burningham

John Burningham is one of the most prestigious and well-loved illustrators working in the children's book field today. Trained at the Central School of Art, his first picture book, Borka was published in 1963. He has won the Kate Greenaway Award twice for Borka and Mr Gumpy's Outing, and has enjoyed a distinguished career spanning over 45 years.show more

Review quote

"His expressive pictures carry entire conviction in this splendid book" Observer "This is a classic Burningham, a real joy" The Good Book Guide "He is one of the best writers in the business" Financial Times "The language of children is Burningham's" TESshow more

Review Text

One of Britain's most thoughtful and creative picture-book makers gives a familiar scenario his own inimitable spin. When "the children" beg for a dog, the usual debate ensues. Permission finally granted, the boy and girl ignore their parents' admonition ("Make sure it's a proper dog. One with a pedigree") and request "a dog that nobody wants." The parents are horrified when they bring home a mongrel, but Courtney turns out to be a paragon who cooks delicious meals, plays the violin, cleans the house, and rescues the baby when a fire breaks out. Still, when he disappears, the parents observe that, "If they are not thoroughbreds, you cannot rely on them." In a final sequence the kids are saved from drifting out to sea by a hero identified only in the background of an illustration as their erstwhile dog. Appropriate to the gently ironic tone and carefully understated subtext, Burningham's pictures here are in his familiar cartoon mode, poignantly expressive but without the marvelously vibrant alternating spreads he has often used to express a child's imagination or emotions (e.g., in John Patrick Norman McHennessy... [1988]). Witty, well told, and superbly illustrated. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

Back cover copy

When the children bring Courtney home he's just a loveable scruffy old dog. But the mongrel-that-nobody-wants has the most amazing talents. He can cook! He can juggle! He can even play violin! Then one day Courtney packs his trunk and leaves home - but the children find out his helping paw is not far away.show more

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61 ratings
4.16 out of 5 stars
5 44% (27)
4 39% (24)
3 8% (5)
2 5% (3)
1 3% (2)
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