Review: A Dog’s Guide to Being Human

Title: A Dog’s Guide to Being Human
Author: Shanna Silva
Illustrator: Agnès Ernoult
Age: 4-7

Hello there! It’s been a while, I know – I took a hiatus over the school holidays and was away from home for 7 whole weeks. I hope you had as fantastic a summer as I did!

I’m jumping back into blogging with a review of A Dog’s Guide to Being Human, by Shanna Silva and by Agnès Ernoult. This is a charming and humorous picture book told from the perspective of a dog, Smudge, as he welcomes a new (human) baby to the family and watches her grow up. As she does, he offers her advice, both funny (“Sneak me treats when no on is looking”) and heartwarming (“Love big”).

The illustrations perfectly capture the mischief and fun had by Smudge and his girl; in particular I enjoyed the page where the girl looks through a keyhole and gives Smudge a thumbs up while he drinks from the toilet.

There’s something about books where you actually see a child getting older that really appeals to me, especially when the illustrator pulls it off well, as is the case here. And who can resist a sweet story about a little girl and her cheeky, fun-loving dog?

A Dog’s Guide to Being Human was released on 23rd August 2022. Many thanks to Shanna Silva and Yeehoo Press for a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

You can get hold of a copy by clicking one of the links below:

Book Depository


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