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  • Published: 1 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9781842708804
  • Imprint: Andersen
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

Old Dog


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Paperback edition of this hilarious picture book from the award-winning duo Willis and Ross, that turns the stereotyped view of grandparents on its head.

‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.’

The Young Pups don’t want to visit Grandpa – he is so boring, and only ever wants to talk about the olden days. They don’t believe Grandpa was ever young or fun, so Grandpa sets out to prove them wrong, and show them that there is life in the old dog yet!

  • Pub date: 1 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9781842708804
  • Imprint: Andersen
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Authors

Jeanne Willis

Jeanne Willis is an award-winning children's author and scriptwriter. She had her first picture book published by Andersen Press at the age of 21, and since then she has won the Silver Medal Smarties Prize (Tadpole's Promise), the Nasen Special Needs Award (Susan Laughs), the Sheffield Children's Book Award (Who’s in The Loo) and the Red House Children's Book Award (Bottoms Up). Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, including Polly Pocket and The Slow Norris, and a pilot TV series for Dr Xargle. She lives in North London with her husband.

Tony Ross

Tony Ross has been illustrating books for over 40 years, and has been published all over the world. He is perhaps best known for his much-loved Little Princess series, which has been adapted for TV and is currently showing on Channel 5s Milkshake, and for his collaboration on David Walliams’ best-selling children’s books. Tony’s books have been shortlisted for the The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards (Slug Needs a Hug) and the Kate Greenaway (Dr Xargle's Book of Earth Tiggers), and Tadpole’s Promise won the Silver Medal Smarties Prize. He has been named as the best-selling illustrator in the UK for three years in a row, and he is the UK’s libraries' most-borrwed illustrator. He lives in Rutland.


Praise for Old Dog

“Essential for readers aged 4+”

The Times

“Another very funny picture book from this partnership.”

Children's Bookseller

“A dream team of writer and illustrator!”

The Times

“Toddlers can't resist Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross's uproarious tales.”

Daily Telegraph

“Tony Ross' illustrations are action-packed, cartoony and great fun.”

Keith Dudhnath, TheBookbag.co.uk

“Grandparents will love reading this tale to their young whippersnappers.”

The Bookbag

“Grandpa has some spectacular old tricks up his sleeve”

Dawn Casey, armadillomagazine.com

“A wry and warm book, accompanied by very funny illustrations.”

Tina Hene, Families Online

“A real shaggy dog story to give little whippersnappers paws for thought about underestimating senior citizens of any species.”

Cork Evening Echo

“A wry and warm book, accompanied by very funny illustrations.”

Emilie Amos, Families Magazine South West


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