“Burningham gives a familiar scenario his own inimitable spin…When ‘the children’ beg for a dog, the usual debate ensues. Permission is finally granted…but the parents are horrified when the children bring home a mongrel…Courtney, however, turns out to be a paragon who cooks delicious meals, plays the violin, cleans house, and rescues the baby when a fire breaks out. Still, when he disappears, the parents observe, ‘If they are not thoroughbreds, you cannot rely on them.’ In a final sequence, the kids are saved from drifting out to sea by a hero identified only in the background as their erstwhile companion…Witty, well told, superbly illustrated.” —Kirkus Reviews
Courneyby John Burningham
Courtney is the dog that nobody wants, but the children think he's lovely. When they take him home, their parents are very disappointedhe's just an old mongrel. But Courtney turns out to be a wonder-dog who can cook, juggle, and even play the violin.
- Red Fox
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- Product dimensions:
- 10.00(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.11(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
John Burningham is one of the most prestigious and well-loved illustrators working in the children's book field today. Trained at the Central School of Art, his first picture book, Borka, was published in 1963. He has won the Kate Greenaway Award twice and has enjoyed a very distinguished career.
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