As April is National Pet Month, we’ve pulled together a few illustrations from our Barrington Stoke pet stories, with a crazy ostrich, a missing python, devious dogs and many more. Is your favourite amongst them?
Michael Morpurgo’s Snug explores the relationship between a young girl and her pet cat. The pair have grown up together, but Snug is no pampered, dull kitty who’ll slump around doing nothing all day – he’s out hunting, fighting and getting into all sorts of mischief. This story is part of our Little Gems series and is from the author of War Horse, with beautiful illustrations by Faye Hanson.
Good Dog Lion, written by Alexander McCall Smith and illustrated by David Dean, explores one boy’s wish to have a dog of his own. That wish comes true for Timo, but not in the way he expected, when he finds a dog that’s been bitten by a snake.
Mad Iris (left) swaps life on the ostrich farm for Pudding Lane School. Only, the ostrich farm owners are hot on her trail and it will take two schoolchildren to save the day. Written by Jeremy Strong and illustrated by Scoular Anderson, the story will have you in stitches.
From Gruffalo author, Julia Donaldson, The Snake Who Came to Stay (right) features a holiday home for pets with fluffy guinea pigs, a bird and a snake – only the snake’s gone missing. With illustrations by Hannah Shaw.
From Ireland’s Children’s Laureate, Eoin Colfer, The Fish in the Bathtub is a Little Gem with beautiful colour illustrations from Peter Bailey. Grandpa Feliks is looking forward to eating a carp for Christmas, until Lucja grows attached to it – and granddaughters are hard to win over.
Written and illustrated by Ross Collins, Blamehounds concerns two dogs who are tired of being framed for all manner of bad odours, strange messes and suspicious puddles, until they find a way to make money from it.