Nobody’s Dog

Written by Jennifer Beck
Illustrated by Lindy Fisher
Published by Scholastic, 2005
ISBN: 1-86943-728-4

  • Winner of Children’s Choice Award: NZ Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults (2006)
  • Shortlisted for Best Picture Book: NZ Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults (2006)

NZC activities for this picture book here.

Set in rural New Zealand farmland, this story tells of a young boy who admires a painting of a dog which sits above his grandfather’s fireplace. The grandfather shares with his grandson his childhood memories of meeting and forming a strong bond with this dog, who would eventually become his rescuer when he needed it most. This story reinforces the relationship between man and his dog, as well as the intergenerational bonds which exist in families. Vivid watercolour illustrations by Fisher show New Zealand farming scenes.

Summary written by Marion McKoy

Book cover used with permission of publisher