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Dylan the Shopkeeper is the second picture book
in a series featuring an exuberant stripy dog, who just loves toplay.

Created by bestselling illustrator Guy Parker-Rees,
Dylan is a joyous new character who uses playing and fun to
help toddlers explore and understand their world.


Today Dylan is playing at being a shopkeeper. It's all great fun,
until his friends, Jolly Otter and Purple Puss, decide they want
to be shopkeepers, too!


Dylan's friend, Dotty Bug, also appears
on every page,
encouraging readers to join in
with the story.





Look out for more Dylan books in the series:



Dylan the Doctor

Dylan the Teacher

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23rd January '17
I read it to Yassy GG aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
The book is really colourful and interacts with the children throughout. The story is really good, The characters have good names and are colourful and friendly. The book has a really good description my children really liked the book.
23rd January '17
I read it to SophieKelly aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
Won on a Toppsta giveaway.... and after one read of it, went online to buy "Dylan The Doctor". What a fabulous book - bright, colourful illustrations and a very engaging story with a "lost friend" testing your listeners attention to detail / comprehension of whats being read. Dylan decides he wants to play shop today and he has a till that goes "ding" (just like my daughter had for Christmas...). He just needs someone to buy something... but all his friends are interested in either selling their own things or buying something else (not from Dylan's store). Eventually Dylan has a customer..... but he manages to sell something precious, that he didnt intend to sell.... how will he get it back? I really liked the "Dotty Bug" character who appears on each page with prompt questions to ask the listener - "do you like going to shops", "what would you sell in your shop", "do you know where XXX is?" - they help engage/hook the listener into the story without being overly distracting / making you lose pace in the "proper" story. Really delighted - what a great book to win !!

The only disappointment - there are not more books in the series ! Hope he writes some more soon !!
23rd January '17
I read it to Ibby aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Really good book. Nice storyline and the picture and colourful. There is a lady bird at the bottom of the page, who asks questions which helps little ones engage more with the story. Good read :)
11th April '18
I read it to FreddyBoggis aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
This is a fun book, with nice illustrations. Dylan starts a shop with all the old bits he can find, but no one buys anything. So he goes and sees his friend and they start a shop. But no one will buy anything from Dylan, until the owl comes along. But he gets more than he hoped for. My little boy enjoyed this book and that it had little questions throughout, which he liked answering.
24th January '17
I read it to Bob2 aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
This is an utterly charming book, a wonderful bedtime story book to share with either a boy or girl.  Dylan is a gorgeous dog, (my son loved how he was drawn), who wants to run a pretend shop for his friends.  This links nicely to role play of small children.  Dylan's problem occurs when no-one wants to buy from his pretend shop, and in fact they want to start selling their own items instead.  The book is very subtle in how it deals with feelings young children can have, frustration, feeling left out, disappointment, which could be used for discussion easily with any child.  
My son loved reading about Dylan, and he loved the little ladybird on each page who has a question for the reader to answer.
Overall a really good little book, definitely one for any child's bookshelf! 
19th March '17
I read it to JJ aged 6 aged 6 & to Li aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
What a fun book! Dylan is a really loveable little character that children will really relate to! My boys loved the brightly coloured illustrations and loved the storyline about Dylan wanting to sell things in his shop - they often set up "shop" at home and sell everything they can think of! a perfect book about sharing, with lovely characters. 
24th January '17
joey read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
Joey age 6 "I didn't like the bit where they lost titchy chick and I liked the bit where they swapped things from the shop"  "Dylan was sometimes a bit angry and the other characters were quite happy" "Dylan was my favourite character".  This book was beautifully illustrated and the ladybird was a great addition giving a good discussion point on each page.   The book is a good length for a pre schooler up to age 6/7 with lots of interaction.   It is very eye catching and I would say, has scope for Dylan to have other adventures.  
25th January '17
I read it to AvaW aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
My daughter couldn't wait to read this, as she has a till and loves playing shopkeepers. She liked Dylan, the colourful dog. It was a rhyming text, which we enjoyed, and my daughter liked the pictures. We were glad Dylan had Someone come and buy something from him in the end. It got my daughter talking about when she plays shopkeepers, and gave her ideas for what she can sell in her shop next time she plays. There are other Dylan books, like Dylan the doctor. My daughter would love some other Dylan books. 
30th January '18
I read it to Ragdollkhanbaby aged 6 aged 6
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4 stars
This is a charming little book about Dylan wanting to start a shop and everybody jumping on the bandwagon and selling their stuff and he ends up with his still unsold, the story takes a twist and a friend ends up being sold by mistake! Great little story, lovely pictures, highly recommended.
24th January '17
I read it to RCHogan aged 2 aged 2 & to AIHogan aged 1 aged 1
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4 stars
This bright paperback picture book tells the story of Dylan the dog, who decides one morning he's going to play shops. His main motivator is to make his till go "ding" when somebody buys something. He doesn't sell anything and as the story goes on, his friends Purple Puss, Jolly Otter and Titchy Chick join in with their own shops...only they still haven't sold anything. Until crotchety owl arrives and buys everything from Dylan's shop: he is delighted that his till went "ding" - until realised someone very special is missing! Dylan goes to see owl to get him back.

This is a very colourful and vivid book; there are large illustrations on every page, most incorporating the full page. The detailed images help demonstrate meaning to the words as we read and allow me to pick the relevant image out as we go along. My one year old was fascinated with the pictures, after we'd finished reading she took it off into a corner to examine the pictures again; she frequently pointed and asked what things were. My two year old really enjoyed them too and spent time counting the smaller items, like the pom-poms or socks. There's plenty of opportunities to pick up on colours and work on vocabulary.

It's a sweet story that incorporates lots of different themes - from friendship to feelings; there are plenty of jumping off points for further discussion, such as why Dylan is sad.

My one year old wasn't interested in the plot line at all; my two year old got a bit bored on the first read during the day and wandered off. We read it again at bedtime and although he did read until the end this time his main interest was talking about what was going on in the pictures than following the story-line exclusively. I think the book is best suited to 3+ - though it can be used with younger children if you're willing to be flexible rather than just running through the story from start to finish. I think my toddlers will get more out of it with every read as they get a bit older. Both of them - especially my son - enjoyed joining in with the "ding". There were lines repeated several times, which is perfect for young children and allowed my children the opportunity to join in as they knew what was coming. 

There's a ladybird that consistently appears throughout the book (every double-page spread) which encourages the reader to get involved more with the story e.g. What would you buy from Dylan's shop? It's a brilliant feature that I really like; it provides useful prompts for talking round the story instead of just reading it verbatim. It encourages children to interact with the story and make links to real life. It was more useful to me with toddlers than most of the text, as I could chat about what we were seeing rather than keeping the focus on what was written down.

There is an awful lot going on colour-wise so some children could find it over-stimulating - though I found it only an asset for my toddlers.

All in all, it's a vibrant, fun book with tonnes to talk about as a result of the read and a decent plot. The illustrations are beautiful and kept my toddlers engaged in the book. We will revisit this book frequently - especially as they get a bit older. I'm going to get Dylan the Doctor for my son's birthday in a few months; I think he'll be able to full appreciate the stories by then. It was a brilliant book to win from the TOPPSTA giveaway; we will certainly be looking out for more from Guy Parker-Rees.
23rd February '17
I read it to Soopa aged 2 aged 2
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4 stars
This book looks very appealing and my little girl was keen to read it when she saw the bright colours on the cover. She also adores dogs so it was a winning combination. We enjoyed the story which was in nice rhyme but felt that some of the pages were just a bit too busy and distracted from the story. Other than that it was a great cue for us to talk about shops and where we buy things. We also enjoyed shouting out DING throughout the book!
23rd January '17
I read it to mmt2a aged 4 aged 4 & to Mmt2b aged 1 aged 1
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3 stars
A pleasant book all about Dylan wanting to run his own shop because of his till which makes a "ding" noise. My son helped out with the "ding" noise every time it came up in the story. The characters are very cute and friendly and the book has good messages about cooperative play and sharing. However, I felt that my son (currently 4 and soon to be 5) was a little bit old for this book. My nearly 2 year old daughter (for whom this book was intended) was not interested in the storyline and became very distracted while being read to. I think that the ideal age for this book is 3 years.

I did like the little ladybird character which appeared on each page to ask questions and this was a great tool for helping to engage the reader. I would love to see this in more books.

We won this book through the Toppsta giveaway.
26th January '17
I read it to Ragdollkhanbaby aged 5 aged 5
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3 stars
Can't say we are a massive fan of this book, it was very well illustrated but the characters were not the best, Purple Puss being very strange.  I suppose in a way the actual storyline was OK and had good meaning but was very predictable.
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