Worzel says hello! Will you be my friend? by Catherine Pickles and Chantal Bourgonje
|Worzel says hello! Will you be my friend? by Catherine Pickles and Chantal Bourgonje|
|Category: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Sue Magee|
|Summary: A delightful picture book which is a really good read and informative too. Help your child to understand dogs. Highly recommended.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 32||Date: August 2017|
|Publisher: Veloce Publishing|
|External links: Author's website|
I'd like you to meet Worzel, but you'll need to do exactly what I say. Worzel is quite a big dog, but that doesn't mean that he's fierce, or even very brave. In fact, he's frightened, and little as you are, he's frightened of you. He'd like to meet you though: can you see that nose just poking out from the side of the sofa? Now he's peering over the cushion - and finally he's risking leaving that very safe place he's found, behind the sofa.
Worzel would like you to stand still and let him come to you. He'll want to sniff you once or twice and he'd really prefer that you didn't try to stroke him straight away. Please don't wave your arms about, squeal or yell or shout or Worzel will end up as a quivering heap on the floor. He'd like to check that you're kind and safe and after he's walked around you (whilst you pretend that he's not there) he might let you stroke him (gentle strokes on the flank please - and not on the head) and when his tail begins to wag and he does a little dance it means that you've made a friend.
He'll give you a lick or a nudge when he'd like a stroke. He might even take a treat from you. And this is what Worzel would like you to do each time you meet. You might just be one of the people Worzel is not scared of.
Oh but this book is gorgeous. I fell for Worzel Woolface as soon as I saw him and I had murderous intentions towards that giant of a man who thought that it was alright to threaten a small puppy with a newspaper and shout at him. When you meet a dog you don't know what sort of a life he's had, so this approach will work with all dogs. Some will come dashing up to you, happy and confident and wanting to play. At the other end of the scale there will be those dogs like our beloved Kia who in nearly fourteen years only let a few very special people into her life. Respect the dog's wishes and you may well make a friend for life.
The illustrations are gorgeous. Chantal Bourgonje has Worzel perfectly: the dog who whispers a woof at a hedgehog whilst trying to hide behind a waste bin half his size, but who's frightened out of his skin by a frog. Every child (and an awful lot of adults) should read this book: it could make their whole lives a lot happier. And we might have fewer frightened dogs like Worzel.
I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy of the book to the Bookbag.
If you enjoy this book you might also enjoy Dogs by Emily Gravett. You might also appreciate Gina's story. Dog on a Train: The Special Delivery by Kate Prendergast is one of our favourite picture books featuring a dog.
You can read more book reviews or buy Worzel says hello! Will you be my friend? by Catherine Pickles and Chantal Bourgonje at Amazon.co.uk.
You can read more book reviews or buy Worzel says hello! Will you be my friend? by Catherine Pickles and Chantal Bourgonje at Amazon.com.
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