A Boy, His Dog and the Sea

By Anthony Browne

A poignant picture book about a boy and his dog finding adventure where they least expect it, from the acclaimed Kate Greenaway Medal-winning author-illustrator and former Children's Laureate, Anthony Browne.

Danny isn’t expecting much excitement when he takes his dog, Scruff, for a walk on the beach. He would much rather play with his older brother, Mick. Scruff loves the beach, but Danny thinks it’s boring. Will Danny discover just how extraordinary the beach really is? From the international phenomenon, Anthony Browne, comes a heartfelt, visually stunning picture book, about the hidden treasures of the seaside and the wonderful relationship between a boy and his dog.

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 3+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781529507058
  • Published: 06 Jul 2023
  • Price: £12.99
  • Size: 230 x 270 mm
  • Pages: 32

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Customer reviews


'As is usual with Browne, the scene expresses the mood. Painstaking artwork conjures the wide sea, while faces are hinted at in beach huts and pebbles. Misunderstanding and suspense lead to a happy, heroic rescue.' The Sunday Times

'Browne’s iron-grey, layered skies and intricately coloured pebbles invite the reader to linger in his extraordinary landscapes.' The Guardian

'An adventurous walk on the beach, conjured with such detail that you can almost taste the salt.' New Statesman

'Anthony Browne is the most extraordinary author and illustrator […] His books should be essential reading for children and adults alike.' Cotswold Life

'This is a moving picture book showing a special relationship between a boy and his dog and what unexpected, amazing things you see when you look carefully.' Primary Times

'From front to back endpaper, every page is a visual treat; one would expect no less from Anthony Browne.' Red Reading Hub

'A really lovely book from Browne […] another book that you’ll want to keep on your shelf whether you’re 7 years old or 70 years old.' The Letterpress Project

'The world is full of wonder and possibility. We love the illustrations in the story – every time we read the book we see something new […] This is a story about being mindful and looking at the world with wonder but also a story about the beautiful bond between brothers, the healing nature of animals and the companionship and love that they bring.' Mini Travellers Blog

'Scruff brave the waves – the rescue. The story celebrates the everyday, ordinary incidents that can become extraordinary. The language is direct, unfussy matter-of-fact. Yet the reader is held, immersed. In Danny’s little world.' Books for Keeps

'This lovely story of a boy and his dog's adventure is lifted to a new level by Browne's wonderful illustrations… This is a perfect read for 3-7 year olds.' English 4-11

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