I’m a dog person so I love books about dogs. The best one has to be Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy (and I’m not just saying that because I’m a Kiwi – even the Duchess of Cornwell loves it!). You can tell the difference between an author/illustrator that loves dogs and knows how they act and one who doesn’t. Chris Haughton obviously loves dogs and has spent a lot of time studying their habits and expressions, because his new book Oh No, George! is one of the most hilarious picture books I’ve read.
George is a dog that just wants to be good. The only problem is that there are so many distractions all around him and he can’t help being bad. His owner Harris is going out, but before he goes he asks “Will you be good, George?” and George says that he’ll be very good. But he has just seen a cake in the kitchen…What will George do?!
Chris Haughton is an incredibly talented author and illustrator. The story is one that children can easily relate to (wanting to be good but somehow getting into trouble) and they’ll want to join in, yelling out ‘Oh no, George!’ The sense of anticipation hooks you in, because you want George to be good and not eat the cake or dig up the garden. Like Chris’ other book, A Bit Lost, the story doesn’t quite end so children will imagine what George might do next. Chris’ illustrations are so bright and bold so Oh No, George will catch the eye of young readers. I’m sure it will become a favourite in schools and homes just because of the amazing cover. The thing I like most about Chris’ illustrations is that he can portray so much emotion with very little detail. Looking at the cover, you can tell that George is feeling guilty just by looking at his eyes and his droopy ears. If you look at the last page you can see that George is weighing things up in his head. Oh No, George works great as a read aloud for age 4 and up and older children enjoy it just as much (as do adults).
5 out of 5 stars
Join me tomorrow when I host Chris on his Oh No, George! Blog Tour.