WOOF WOOF! Today is my stop on the blog tour for Olivier Tallec’s new picture book I Always Wanted One! This is a book for dogs. And dog lovers, but mainly for the dogs – dog owners can just read it to them. Finally, dogs are getting to tell THEIR story from THEIR perspective.
Dog has always wanted a little boy. It’s a shame Dog didn’t get to pick which little boy he had, but it doesn’t matter because Dog likes his boy. Even though the little boy is very fussy about food – who doesn’t like dry biscuits? Thankfully, Dog has discovered a game for them to play together involving a stick, it keeps the little boy entertained for hours…
Olivier has a wonderful ability to create humour in the facial expressions of his characters. The illustrations are delightful and induce giggles. My daughter liked Dog calling the house “cat’s house” and the little boy sleeping in the kennel.
Right from the start Olivier has set the tone of this picture book by the binding. The book opens landscape and this quirky reading experience matches the upside-down perspective. This classic relationship between a boy and his dog is turned on its head and told from the dog’s point of view. The first-person account from Dog is packed with humour. I Always Wanted One is a funny, quirky, delightful read.
Publisher: Words & Pictures, Quarto
Publication date: 18 August 2020
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour!
I am very grateful to the publisher for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book. This voluntary review contains my honest opinion.