Book Review: A Soldier, a Dog and a Boy, by Libby Hathorn, illustrated by Phil Lesnie

cv_a_soldier_a_dog_andAvailable in bookshops nationwide.

This is an engaging, beautifully crafted story of a young Australian soldier who goes off to do battle at Somme.

His journey takes a twist when he comes across what he thinks is a stray dog and decides to keep him only to come upon the dog’s owner, a homeless orphan, and so begins a rather heartwarming journey.

It turns out that young Jacques roams because the Orphanages will not allow him to keep his dog Victoire and although Jaques says “No” when Albert offers to adopt Victoire, giving him a home and food, a change of mind brings a change of fortune.

This book was wonderfully illustrated, the attention to detail was just perfect and fit so well with the story. Easy to read, children will love the warmth of the story and they will love Jacques and Victoire in particular. Ideal for children 7 and up, this is just a delightful book.

Reviewed by Marion Dreadon

A Soldier, a Dog and a Boy
by Libby Hathorn
Published by Lothian Children’s Books
ISBN 9780734416377

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