Great Dog (Hardcover)

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By Davide Cali, Miguel Tanco (Illustrator)
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As they walk the hall of family portraits, a canine dad and his child talk about their family history. As the father tells tales of distant relatives’ exceptional lives, the accompanying gatefold illustration paints a more tongue-in-cheek portrait. The question the youngster keeps asking his papa is whether he too will be a great runner, a great artist, a great astronaut, a great dog. The answer, of course, is a resounding yes—with a delightful twist. A very sweet book that demonstrates the complete and utter love between parent and child. -Holly

— From Summer Booknotes 2018


The age-old question of "what will I be when I grow up" gets a hilarious twist in this stylish and clever story.

A pup and his father contemplate his grand future while looking at other Great Dogs in their family. Will he be a marathon runner like Uncle Tibor, the fastest dog in the family? Will he be an astronaut like Aunt Yuki, who reached for the stars? Or maybe a teacher like Uncle Scooter, respected by all?

No matter what, says his father, he will be a GREAT dog!

Davide Cali's tongue-in-check writing and Miguel Tanco's unique and funny illustrations bring these great dogs to life and will have readers giggling from start to finish. With gatefolds that show the real story behind the characters and a surprise twist at the end, Great Dog is a winner for kids and parents alike!

About the Author

DAVIDE CALI began his career in 1994 as a cartoon writer for the Italian magazine Linus. He began writing children's books in 2000, and since then he has published over one hundred books for children, including Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs and Cinderella and the Furry Slippers. Cali has won a Bologna Ragazzi Special Award, the Switzerland Enfantaisies Prize, the Baobob Prize, the Belgium Libbylit Award and France's SNCF award. His books have been published in France, Italy, Austria, the United States and Canada, and translations of his books have been published in eighteen countries. Davide lives in Genoa, Italy.

Award-winning artist MIGUEL TANCO is a children's book author and illustrator. He teaches illustration and organizes creative workshops for kids in Spain, where he was born and raised, and in Italy. He has published over forty children's books including You and Me, Me and You; Les Farfelus; and The Story of Cyrano de Bergerac. He lives in Milan with his wife Federica and their two great sons, Pablo and Javier.

Praise For…

One of Book Riot’s Top 100 Children’s Books of 2018


"A playful story about familial pride and unconditional love." --Kirkus Reviews

"Best shared one-on-one so readers can pore over the detailed illustrations. Hand this to anyone seeking a story about families or ‘Great Dogs.’" --School Library Journal

"The book’s message of encouraging support regardless of a child’s background, identity, or future is lovingly presented with a subtle sense of humor." --Booklist

"Great Dog purrfectly conveys familial themes of love and acceptance. . . . Highly recommended." --CM Magazine
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101919170
ISBN-10: 1101919175
Publisher: Tundra Books
Publication Date: May 29th, 2018
Pages: 46
Language: English