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Harry is a mischievous young dog, adored by his family, Dad and Mum, Maisie (8) and Max (5). When the family leave him on his own he creates chaos. Dad demands, “That bad dog must go!” Alone and sad in bed that evening, Max asks, “Can anyone help?” How will the Thunkies respond to his call?
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This is a lovely, thought provoking book that has brilliant, appealing illustrations and a great message for children and adults alike encouraging them to consider the effects of their actions on their pets and help them to empathise more with them.
Harry is a lively young pup who really doesn’t understand what is happening when the family he lives with leaves him alone. The ensuing mess upsets them all but only by considering why he is behaving like this can they learn how to help him. It is told as a story with the Thunkies as the heroes to help Max and his family. The explanations are clear and so are the steps to help resolve the problems. It is written in a child friendly manner and the eye catching illustrations really help get the messages across.
I think this book would help some dog owners who are adults understand their pets better, too! I definitely think it has a place in school libraries, too, and could easily be used by teachers in lessons on pets, empathy, citizenship, PSHE, art and so much more! It is a delightful book and the start to a series involving the Thunkies that I can’t wait to discover more about in future.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this lovely book and thoroughly enjoyed reading and sharing it. This is my honest review after doing so.
Author and Illustrator Bios
Jerry Rhodes AUTHOR bio
Jerry Rhodes’ life-long research and teaching is the inspiration behind ‘Home Alone Harry’, this first book in a series for children featuring the cartoon characters, Thunkies®. After completing his degree and teacher training at Oxford University, Jerry’s career as a school-master was cut short by polio. He changed course to a management career in industry, discovered his talents for creativity, and formed his world-wide consultancy to collaborate with international organisations. A special project with Philips led to the discovery of ‘Thinking-Intentions’, to which he has now given the playful name, Thunkies®. Jerry writes his books from his weather-beaten old farmhouse in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds.
Rachael Messiter AUTHOR bio
Rachael Messiter, a Dog Listener, uses the approach known as Amichien® Bonding pioneered by Jan Fennell. Rachael has her own practice, Talking Paws, based in Staffordshire. Previously she lived with wolves for close on two years in Colorado, USA, to learn how packs work. She has identified a group of issues that dog owners experience that are due to the well-meaning but flawed behaviours of owners, rather than ‘nuisance’ dogs. How to properly avoid and resolve such troublesome issues will be the theme of each book in the series Thunkies® love Dogs.
Nicky Hill ILLUSTRATOR bio
Nicky Hill is an illustrator and storyteller from Winterbourne near Bristol. Her artwork is featured throughout the Thunkies® Love Dogs books, bringing a bright, vibrant style that captures the imagination. A great lover of animals both wild and domestic, Nicky also illustrates and writes her own series of books about ‘The Wotton Pack’; a group of inquisitive pooches who spend their days and nights having many adventures. She currently lives with her own pack of three dogs in Wotton-under-Edge, a small town in Gloucestershire, where she also co-runs the shop called ‘The Collective’.
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