Ten Little Dogs by Ruth Brown

Published by Scallywag Press, 2021.

Ten Little Dogs is a beautifully illustrated count-down book featuring ten utterly gorgeous puppies. We see them at play, enjoying a meal, and having a snooze. They are adventurous and inquisitive, mischievous and full of boundless energy. There are all sorts of breeds and Sam and I had lots of fun choosing our favourite pups.

As the book counts down from ten to one, it introduces the concept of one less. The clever use of rhyme and page turn will help children guess then learn which number comes next. Each page has a spot the difference element too as you look to see which dog is missing.

The book is lots of fun because of the puppies’ playful antics. We frequently see them getting into trouble: they are chased by bees, drenched by a hose and one even gets stuck between two trees.

The illustrations are delightful – Ruth Brown is an incredible illustrator! There’s such life and energy in the pages; dogs with tongues lolling, dogs with fur slicked back as they bound through the long grass, and dogs whose fur clings to their bodies after a dip in the sea.

Ten Little Dogs is an adorable picture book which would be a welcome addition to any pre-schooler’s bookshelf.

Rating: 💙💙💙💙

Suitable for children aged 2+

Thank you to Scallywag Press for sending me this book to review.

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