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Black Dog

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Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's daily session limit. However much you love dogs small children do need to know that you can't just go up to a dog you don't know like that. Levi has won a number of awards, including the BookTrust New Illustrator Award, the Kate Greenaway medal and the UKLA Picture Book Award.

By the way, can you find the toy octopus on each two-page spread showing the inside of the house (except the very last page)? Publication dates are subject to change (although this is an extremely uncommon occurrence overall). I liked how there was usually the main illustration on the right-hand side of the page and then small frames around the text giving a bit more detail to the story.The change of size throughout the story was fun and the illustrations of the dog are very endearing.

Told as a metaphor and using repetition and rhyme, it lends itself well to the study of literary language. Only Small, the youngest of the Hopes, has the courage to face the Black Dog that appears outside the family's home. Former Best New Illustrator Levi Pinfold's beautiful, stylised illustrations work to great effect in this stunning picture book about the nature of fear and the power of our imaginations.

I think it has an important message for children and could be applied to lots of things that children could be scared of such as the dark, monsters under the bed, ghosts etc. He manages to create a book both reassuring and fun for the very young, while also deep and provocative for the older ages. Levi's use of detail, lyrical storytelling and the stylised realism of his illustrations proved a winning combination. Black Dog' was a delight, and a beautiful picture-book that I plan to share with children in the future.

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