Grandpa Frank’s Great Big Blog Tour: Jenny Pearson’s Favourite Dogs in Fiction

Hello everybody! Today I’m super excited to be part of Grandpa Frank’s Great Big Blog Tour, in celebration of Jenny Pearson’s wonderful 3rd book. If you’d like to read my review, you can do that here, and now, over to Jenny with her post about her favourite fictional dogs!


Best Dogs in Children’s Books

As part of his Bucket List Grandpa Frank takes his (borrowed) dog, Dicky – a newfoundland to a dog show. Things don’t end going brilliantly at the dog show, thanks to Patricia the poodle, but through his growing relationship with Dicky, Grandpa Frank learns the joys of looking after somebody else.  I’ve taken a look at some of my favourite dogs in children’s books. 

Cosmo, from I,Cosmo by Carlie Sorosiak

I challenge you not to fall in love with aging Cosmo from the very first page of this story. Told from Cosmo’s point of view, this is a truly special book that explores the relationship between a boy and his best doggy friend. With bad hips and a sore paw, Cosmo battles on to try and win a dancing competition with the hopes of keeping his family together. Cosmo is caring, loyal, wise and some of his observations will have you barking with laughter. 

Winn-Dixie, from Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Sometimes, a dog comes into your life when you really need one. And this is what happens for Opal when she finds Winn-Dixie at her local supermarket. A joyous relationship blossoms between the pair and because of Winn-Dixie, Opal finds her voice and the courage to make friends and to finally ask her father about why her mother left. 

Finn, from D-Day Dog by Tom Palmer  When Jack’s dad, a soldier in the army reserves goes off to war, life at home changes and Jack struggles. For a school project, Jack learns about a young world war two private, Emile Corteil and his German Shepherd paradog, Glen, who both parachuted into enemy territory during the D-Day landings. The bond between Jack and his dog, Finn is strong and fuels Jack’s determination to find out more about Emile and Glen. A wonderful story that brings to the surface the realities of war and captures perfectly the range of emotions experienced by one boy and the relationship with his dog. 


Thank you so much for reading! Who are some of your favourite fictional dogs? Do you agree with Jenny’s? And are you planning to read Grandpa Frank’s Great Big Bucket List?! I’d love to chat in the comments!

Amy xx

Author: goldenbooksgirl

Disabled book blogger who also writes TV, film, music and other posts from time to time | UKYABA Champion Teen 2018 | Email: goldenbooksgirl@gmail.com | she/her

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