A cheeky, cheerful, charming story about naughty camp dogs that is also perfect for literacy development through its use of counting, colours and rhythm, with wonderfully funny naive illustrations.
'On Monday I went to my auntie's house and guess what I saw? ONE yellow cheeky dog sleeping on the floor.'
So begins this lively, cheeky story set in a remote Indigenous community, moving through colours, numbers and days of the week to the dog-packed final page.
Johanna Bell works evaluating education programs in the Northern Territory. Dion Beasley is an up-and-coming artist whose Cheeky Dog brand is already widely known and loved.
Johanna's writing career got off to a bumpy start when she was so busy composing a story in her head that she accidentally drove into the back of a taxi. It was while driving on a rough stretch of road outside Alice Springs that the beginnings of Too Many Cheeky Dogs took shape. Working with Dion Beasley, an artist with muscular dystrophy and profound deafness, has changed the way Johanna sees the world and tells stories.
Short-listed Territory Read Awards, Children's Literature/Young Adult Fiction Award 2014 AU; Short-listed Reading and Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards, Picture Storybook 2014 AU
Allen & Unwin
A & U Children
3 - 5