The Dog on the Tuckerbox and Little Dog and the Summer Holiday


I’m taking a break this week from blog posts showcasing friends and fellow creators. I will continue with that in next week’s blog post. This week, I’d like to talk a little about a recent reprint of the paperback of The Dog on the Tuckerbox, illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe and published by Black Dog Books/Walker Books Australia.

This book was originally released in hard cover in 2008 and launched at the Gundagai Library on August 1, 2008. It was named a Notable Book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards the following year. The paperback was released in 2013 and has been reprinted many times.

While writing and researching, I made five trips to Gundagai and way before that, as a child, then later with my own children. In the years since the book has been around, I’ve always stopped at the statue and the now, The Dog on the Tuckerbox Lolly Shop and Cafe and the Gundagai Information Centre, to sign books.

Last week the Lolly Shop and Cafe, which is located beside the statue, received bundles of new stock and I’m hoping to once again travel the road to Gundagai very soon and sign more books.

My blog posts dated 20 July, 2011

18 July, 2018

and 31 July, 2019

give much more information. There are also some great Teacher’s Notes on the Walker Books Australia website

Another book which includes The Dog on the Tuckerbox and Gundagai, is  Little Dog and the Summer Holiday which was released and launched at Collins Booksellers Croydon in 2017, illustrated by Robin Cowcher and published by Black Dog Books/Walker Books Australia. This is the story of Little Dog, a mischievous westie who first made an appearance in Little Dog and the Christmas Wish (2014) (Myer Windows theme 2015). In Summer Holiday, Little Dog travels with his family from Melbourne to Sydney and is set in the late 1950’s. This book has two double spreads which are set in Gundagai – the blurb reads: ‘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.’ Available in hardback and paperback.

Undoubtedly relevant again, as so many Australians are hooking up caravans and traveling about our beautiful country.

So, if you are doing that, don’t forget to stop at the famous statue – I might see you there.

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