Top Ten Books For Dog Lovers

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We're dog lovers here at Bookbag Towers, well, apart from those who prefer cats and we've found some wonderful books to share with you. There's fiction and non-fiction and something for every age group. Why not tell us about your favourites?


The Dog by Kerstin Ekman

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A classic story of the development of a bond between a man and a wild dog - beautifully told with no sentimentality and highly recommended. It's the book that no dog lover should be without. Full review...

The Dog Whisperer by Graeme Sims

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An excellent book about training your dog. The method requires a considerable amount of time and patience but pays dividends. Unusually for a book of the type it is very readable with some wonderful cartoons which left me howling with laughter. Highly recommended. Full review...

Call of the Wild by Jack London

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For confident readers, teens and adults too, The Call Of The Wild is a timeless classic. It has a challenging, but appropriate vocabulary, great pace and high romance in bucketloads. Bookbag recommends it for reading aloud to children in early primary school years and for reading alone for confident late primary readers and teens and adults of all ages. Full review...

Dogs by Emily Gravett

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This is the perfect book for any adult or child who loves dogs - or who might learn to! A gentle story with a neat twist in the tail will stand the test of time. It's highly recommended for the two-to-a-hundred-and-two age group. Full review...

Red Dog by Louis de Bernieres

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Red Dog is a lovely little piece of modern folklore suitable for adults and younger readers just beginning to find their feet with books for grown ups. It follows its eponymous hero's adventure through Western Australia in a timeless tale of the littlest of lives. Full review...

Old Dogs by Gene Weingarten and Michael S Williamson (Photographer)

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Any dog lover will adore this book. It's a celebration in wonderful words and stunning photographs of the older dog. The occasional sad moment is far outweighed by the laughter. Highly recommended. Full review...

Some Dogs Do by Jez Alborough

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Fantastic picture book, with humour and magic; good rhythm, simple but well flowing rhyme, great illustrations and a huge feel-good factor. Suitable from about 2 years old, but 3 to 5 year olds would appreciate it most. Full review...

Life with Beau: A Tale of a Dog and His Family by Anna Quindlen

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As Beau nears the end of his life Anna Quindlen looks at what he has meant to the family and what they have learnt from him. In the hands of a lesser writer it could be trite but it's elegant, witty and with a real eye for detail and social nuance. Highly recommended. Full review...

The Dog Listener by Jan Fennell

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It's not quick-fix dog training but a way of life that you have to adopt with your dog. If you do, you'll both have a happier and more rewarding time. The book is simply written and easy to read. Recommended. Full review...

RSPCA Complete Dog Care Manual by Dr Bruce Fogle

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A comprehensive book on dog care written by a vet. It takes you through from choosing a puppy to the care of the elderly dog and gives loads of sensible advice. If you have a dog it's one to buy and keep close to hand – it's saved the life of one of our dogs on a couple of occasions. Full review...

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