Little Dog and the Summer Holiday

The summer holidays stretch out forever.

Little Dog and his family set off with their caravan.

A nostalgic and delightful story about the way family holidays used to be.

Little Dog and the Summer Holiday

“If there is such a thing as a perfect ‘grandparents’ book’, this is it.”
– The Australian.

Magpies Review, September 2017.
Little Dog and the Summer Holiday (2017)
Corinne Fenton, ill. Robin Cowcher, Black Dog Boos, 24 pp.
9781925381160 $24.99 Hb
Although Little Dog is firmly at the centre of his family’s life, the real value of Little Dog and the Summer Holiday (by the author of Queenie: One Elephant’s Story and the author and illustrator of Little Dog and the Christmas Wish) is in the memories it will evoke in the Older Set and the opportunities to share these with the younger set for whom a lot of the details in the illustrations will be a mystery. Undeniably Australian, set in the late 1950’s and following a family’s Summer holiday trip from Melbourne to Sydney, the appropriately old fashioned flavour of the book dovetails with the time of which it tells.
Leaving early to avoid the heat of the day (Dad’s rule), passing mileposts and Savouring the delights of the open road, the family travel along in their Holden Special towing a shiny new, state of the art but wonderfully quaint, pumpkin-shaped caravan – maybe a Rowvan? They enjoy the simple yet exciting pleasures of days that stretch forever and different places in which to spend them.
The framework of the story can be found in the faithfully rendered art-work by Robin Cowcher. Her pen and ink sketches with watercolour finish are well crafted – from Bondi Beach, to Little Dog and his people, plus all the paraphernalia of the era: a Tilley lamp and old meat safe, used here to store the fruit; a set of anodised mugs and a heavy-as-a-rock Esky; leather suitcases and a little primus gas ring; hand-pumped refillable insect spray; bench seats in the Holden and no seat belts; the modest clothing of the beach goers – not a bikini (or less) in sight; and the carousel on the Manly Pier. Fenton’s gentle, flowing story of a different era has a specific charm.
Christine Horsfield

Australian Dog Lover Review, October 2017

A charmingly illustrated book and a delightful story
about a much loved Little Dog and his family.

The summer holidays stretch out forever. Little Dog and his family set off with their caravan from Melbourne to Sydney.

Set in the Summer holidays of 1957/58, this is a nostalgic story about road trips, camping, sunshine and the way family holidays used to be. Just as Little Dog and the Christmas Wish celebrated Melbourne, this is a lovely look at the Sydney of the 50’s, when dogs were allowed to share the fun with you practically anywhere…

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Black Dog Books (an imprint of Walker Books Australia), 1st October 2017
For Ages: 5+ years old

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