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We adore 'The Detective Dog' and were therefore really excited when we saw that Julia Donaldson and Sara Ogilvie were collaborating again on a new doggy adventure.
'The Hospital Dog' certainly doesn't disappoint. We absolutely loved it! Whilst it's a different dog, Dot the dalmatian, who is the star of this book, the story has the same warm comforting feel as it's predecessor about Nell the detective dog. It almost feels like a sequel, despite being a different story entirely with different characters etc. Dogs who help people is clearly a winning theme for this pair and I hope there are even more to come from them in the future. A story about a guide dog, or a police rescue dog maybe?
The story itself flows beautifully, as we're so use to from the excellent Donaldson, and Ogilvie's illustrations are wonderfully detailed and inclusive. Despite there being sad elements to the story (sick children and an injured pet), all issues are handled sensitively, with a focus on positivity in the face of adversity.
I can see this becoming a new firm favourite of ours. It really is a beautiful story.
I bought this because we have "The detective dog" which I have learned by heart from the many times I read it to my LO. I was looking forward to the this one, so I bought the hard cover. Unfortunately, the story is not as good as the other one, but the pictures are drawn beautifully. If you are not sure which one of the two books to buy, detective dog or hospital dog, I recommend the first one. This just doesn't cut it.
A very sweet book and beautifully illustrated. Not quite as charming as The Detective Dog and certainly Donaldson’s narrative isn’t as strong as I’ve known it to be in many of her books, but the story is still very popular with our four-year-old.