Mrs Dog was once a working farm dog, but now she is old and only chases shadows. Until one day, a tiny orphan comes into her life...
Written by Janeen Brian for The Five Mile Press (an imprint of Bonnier Publishing)
"Unlikely friendships, inter-generational bonds, courage, tenacity and adapting to change all feature as the themes in this heart-rending tale of an old farm dog and a little stray lamb. [...] What follows is an agonising clutch at survival, depicted by mind-blowing perspectives and life-altering moments of bravery and determination. Where the ultimate favour of a life saved is returned, we are literally taken from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs. Janeen Brian brilliantly ties all the elements neatly together in a touching and uplifting ending.
With beautifully soft, textured quality and warming, earthy tones, the illustrations by Marjorie Crosby-Fairall perfectly complement the authentic, homely and wholesome nature of this humble narrative and endearing characters.
Mrs Dog is a timeless tale of love and generosity that young and old readers can share and treasure in their hearts for many generations to come."
"Brian’s exquisite use of language is the beating heart of this gorgeous picture book and conveys a story that will bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your heart. Crosby-Fairall’s illustrations are equally divine. The alternating use of perspective shifts the reader seamlessly from merely being an observer to Mrs Dog’s, the Tall-Ones’ and of course adorable little Baa-rah’s point-of-view. A simple tale of devotion, love and loyalty possessing all the best bits of Babe but stunning and memorable in
its own right. Highly recommended and not just because Mrs Dog is a beautiful Collie."
— Reviewed by Boomerang Blog
"Many themes are plaited through this moving story of renewal and second chances. They are the longing to be useful and needed; to love and be loved, regardless of age.
The illustrations are magnificent. They display the gentleness, compassion and the incredible bond between the animals. This produces a feeling of serenity that emanates from the page.
The stunning cover is the drawcard for this book. But the interest won’t stop there. Collectors of extraordinary picture books will surely add this to their shelves."