Eoin Colfer is an Irish Children’s Laureate. His new book, The Dog Who Lost His Bark, is a poignant, uplifting story of a young boy, his new puppy, and the power of music to heal.
This short novel boasts beautiful hand-drawn, emotive and detailed illustrations which bring the story to life for young readers.
These pencil drawings are the work of Irish illustrator, PJ Lynch who is the fourth Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature.
Today I’m delighted to introduce you to this children’s book, which has recently been released in the United States, and is a collaboration between these two Children’s Laureates. Plus I have a copy of the book for one lucky reader to win.
But before I share details of how to enter the giveaway, let’s first learn more about the little puppy who lost his bark and the creators of this beautiful book.
About The Dog Who Lost His Bark:
This is a sweet story of a young puppy and a boy who eventually find each other. Before they can be friends for life, they must first learn to trust one another, and overcome their loneliness together.
This book is told from the point of view of both main characters.
Oz, the little puppy has a difficult first few months of life. The people he meets are very unkind, from the man who bred him, to the lady and her husband who bought him as a Christmas present for their selfish son. It was here that poor Oz lost his bark. He learned that if he made any noise, he would not get fed.
Eventually these terrible people abandon him, leaving him alone in a strange place. Oz ends up in an animal shelter, feeling sad, scared and all alone.
Excerpt from The Dog Who Lost His Bark courtesy of Candlewick Press
Oz remembers his mother’s words…
“Don’t worry, she said, Someday your boy or girl will come. A human who is right for you. And that human will take you to the wonderful outside. That is the best thing for a dog”.
Patrick, a young boy who is longing for a dog of his own, finds Oz at an animal shelter. Patrick is staying with his mother and grandfather while his father is away for the summer, playing music with a traditional Irish band in Australia. Patrick misses his father and feels lonely and confused.
This is the story of a puppy who endures abuse at the hands of nasty people and of Patrick, a young boy who longs for a dog for all the right reasons. Is he the perfect boy for Oz and will he help this quiet puppy find his bark again?
Music is the powerful tool which helps bond these two friends together. I love how this story underpins the importance of music in all our lives.
An Uplifting Story:
The illustrations in this book are beautiful. They are emotive and help convey the challenging reality of a discarded puppy.
They enhance the story narrative and help illustrate the important message for children, that puppies are for life and not just for Christmas.
This may be a difficult topic for readers younger than nine, but I believe it is important for children to learn about the commitment involved in owning a dog.
This story affirms the power of love between a boy and his dog.
We learn how this little puppy becomes frightened of barking and afraid of humans. He must relearn to trust so that he can grow to love the boy who he was meant to be with. Together they embark on a journey of discovery, hope and love.
This truly is a heartwarming read for any animal lover, and especially for older children thinking about asking for a new puppy.
This book is a quick read, and a touching story about the bond between a boy and his dog, who truly do need one another.
Where You Can Find This Book:
You can learn about Eoin Colfer’s work on his website.
One lucky reader will win a copy of the book, The Dog Who Lost His Bark by Eoin Colfer and illutrated by PJ Lynch.
To enter just leave a comment on this blog post by noon ET on Sunday, October 27th, 2019.
Any comment will do. What you write does not affect your chance of winning, but if you need inspiration why not tell us about your favorite pet or if you are an animal lover.
A winning comment will be chosen randomly. Remember to leave your e-mail so that I can contact you should you win. Your e-mail won’t be published, just used to contact our lucky contestant for mailing of the prize.
The winner will be announced on Sunday, October 27th, 2019, at the bottom of this blog post.
You may check out Irish American Mom’s complete terms and conditions for sweepstakes’ entries by clicking here.
Many thanks to everyone for stopping by to check out this book giveaway.
Feel free to share this little raffle with family and friends.
And many, many thanks to Eoin Colfer, PJ Lynch and Candlewick Press for sharing this charming Irish children’s book with us today.
Update – Winner Chosen On October 27th, 2019:
Our lucky winner has been randomly chosen using the Pick Giveaway Winner Plug-in for WordPress.
And the lucky reader is ….
I’ll send Joan an email to help coordinate mailing of her book.
A big thank you to everyone for supporting this Irish American Mom giveaway by leaving comments. And many thanks to the good folks from Candlewick Press for sponsoring this prize.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
Disclosure: I received a free, advanced copy of this book for review purposes. This post reflects my honest and unbiased thoughts about this work, The Dog Who Lost His Bark.
Text copyright 2018 by Eoin Colfer.
Illustrations copyright 2018 by P.J. Lynch.
Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, Mass., on behalf of Walker Books, London.
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