Lula always likes me to go with her to the end of the lane. She loves a bit of a cuddle and a lick or two before the school bus comes. ‘Oh Russ’, she whispers. ‘A horse.
It’s all I want for my birthday.’ And I’m thinking – ‘Scuse me, but what’s so great about a horse? Isn’t a dog good enough.’ Michael’s story is an energetic romp through a dog’s busy day on a farm.
Russ, the sheepdog, herds sheep and cows and plots against Tigger, the farm cat. He covers Lula, his master’s daughter, with lots of slobbery licks but when she gets a special birthday present, he worries that she might love it more than him… About the Author.
Michael Morpurgo, the former Children’s Laureate, has written more than forty books and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children’s Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times. He is a tireless champion for children’s books and was recently created Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. Patrick Benson was born in 1956 and was educated at Eton. He studied classical drawing in Florence, and continued studying Art at Chelsea Art School and St Martin’s School of Art. In 1984 he won the Mother Goose Award, given annually to the most promising newcomer in children’s book illustration for William Mayne’s Hob Stories. He gained further acclaim for illustrating Owl Babies, written by Martin Waddell, The MinPins by Roald Dahl and since has illustrated many other titles, including The Little Boat by Kathy Henderson and The Sea-Thing Child by Russel Hoban, both shortlisted for a Kate Greenaway Medal. The Little Boat also won the 1995 Kurt Maschler Award.