Bob Graham has written and illustrated many children's picture books, including Max, which won the 2000 Smarties Gold Medal, and Jethro Byrde, Fairy Child (1844284824), which won the 2003 Kate Greenaway Medal. He has won the Australian Children's Book of the Year Award an unprecedented three times.
"*"The witty, exuberant text is a real treat to read out loud". Children's Books in Ireland"
Young Kate wakes `to Full Summer' just knowing this is the day the family should get a pup. Mum and Dad are almost as enthusiastic, and after a quick check of the newspaper, they abandon breakfast and rush to the Rescue Centre for homeless dogs. They find Dave - small, cute, young and excitable who is `all that [they] want' - but in the next cage is old fat Rosy with watery eyes. Readers' eyes might well water too when Rosy is, inevitably, rescued and gets to spend her remaining time asleep on the floor, couch or bed as companion to Kate and lively Dave. A simple story, it seems, and one which in other hands would be sugary and sentimental, but here the strength is in the detail and humour. Kate is grieving for her cat who died in winter, and so are her parents, although this can only be deduced from a small photograph taped to a kitchen cupboard which suggests the cat preceded Kate's birth. There is more that readers can either take or skim over (like Dad's expressive t-shirt logos) but it all results in a richly textured picture book about family life, love and renewal. Another triumph from a fine artist and writer. Kerry White is a bibliographer and major contributor to The Source, an on-line guide to children's poetry and fiction. C. 2001 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors