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Dashing Dog

by Margaret Mahy

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I may have mentioned this one or two (thousand) times before, but I am a big fan of the late Kiwi children’s author Margaret Mahy.

I loved the whimsical use of language in this title but wasn’t a fan of illustrator Sarah Garland’s work. Most of the pictures looked a bit muddy to me. Not in colour but in design. I did like a couple of pages though & appreciated the effort to include different ethnicities. Not the fault of the illustrator, but Ms Mahy always made her books as international as possible in the belief that would make them easier to sell. So no Māori or Pacifika people.

Mahy’s books are often hard to find now in New Zealand, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to acquire this one if I was you.

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