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A brilliantly funny new series from Dirty Bertie author, Alan MacDonald, featuring a pig on a bike, a Poopomatic, and a talking dog!


Meet Oscar. He's no ordinary dog . . .


Sam has wanted a dog for AGES, so when Oscar turns up on this doorstep he can't believe his luck.


And when he finds out that Oscar's secret he can't believe his ears!


Oscar thinks humans are silly and rather badly trained - but when the freedom of the town's dogs is under threat, Oscar's about to discover that a dog's best friend is his boy.


Alan MacDonald is the author of many books for children, including the bestselling Dirty Bertie series, which he worked on with award-winning illustrator David Roberts. His series Troll Trouble (Bloomsbury) has been optioned for film by Twentieth Century Fox, and Alan has also published picture book The Prince of Pants (Scholastic) with the illustrator Sarah McIntyre. When not busy with books, Alan writes for children's TV series such as Horrid Henry, The Tweenies, Boo! and Fimbles.


Sarah Horne has illustrated many hilarious children's books, including Llama United by Scott Allen (Pan Macmillan) the Fizzlebert Stump series by A.F. Harrold (Bloomsbury), the Guinea Pigs Online series by Amanda Swift and Jennifer Grey (Quercus) and Michael Rosen's Laugh Out Loud Joke Book (Scholastic). Sarah grew up in Derbyshire and now lives in London.

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22nd January '18
RJ61 read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
Rj really enjoyed reading this book about Sam and Oscar the talking dog who turns up on his door step one day. Sam's always wanted a dog and Oscar helps with dads inventing ending in a visit from the Queen. Enjoyable read, highly recommend
30th January '18
Ama123 read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
A brilliant and funny book. 
This book is about a boy called Sam. He wants a dog so badly and one day a talking dog turns up. I liked this book because it made me laugh because Mr Trusscot, the neighbour can't even be bothered to do anything. 
Another great series from this talented author. 
23rd January '18
I read it to Noah aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
Sam has always wanted a dog and even keeps a few dog toys in his room just in case his parents ever let him have one. One day he sees a dog go past riding on the top deck of a bus and then later the same dog knocks on his door. Sam decides to take the dog named 'Oscar' in and hide him. When his parents find the dog they have to decide whether Sam can keep him but in the meantime Sam discovers that Oscar can talk! Sam and Oscar agree to keep the 'talking' part a secret and set about trying to ensure Oscar can stay. Unfortunately their neighbour and Leader of the Town Council Mr. Trusscot is not keen on dogs or the mess they create and is doing his best to have dog free zones as well as heavy fines. Sam and Oscar must work together to save the local dog community. This is a fun book with some lovely black and white illustrations. We loved all the characters especially Oscar and Sam and really enjoyed reading the story.
29th June '18
mrbear read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
My son has been reading this, and really enjoying it. It features a talking dog, a pig on a bike and a 'Poopomatic' - what's not to love about that if you're 7! A great chapter book for early yet confident readers.
16th February '18
I read it to Oscar10 aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
Me and my Oscar absolutely love this book. 
I won’t give to much away but it’s a must read, 
Really funny and loveable story. 
31st January '18
I read it to Bob2 aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
My 5 year old son really loved this read!  We've been reading it at bedtime together, it's a bit tricky for him to read on his own so I've been reading it to him / alongside him.  The story line is simple enough for him to understand and follow over the last few weeks, and there are a few illustrations which help too!  He loved Sam and his new dog Oscar, and laughed alot at the silly things that happened to them both, Superdog was very funny!  I really liked how this isn't just a one off book, there is more in the series, so we've gone to library to get more.  We'd both recommend this book to boys or girls.  A great start to reading longer books for 5 year old +
19th July '18
mrojf read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
I really enjoyed the book, I think other boys and girls should read it as well.
19th January '18
Alex0512 read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
I liked this book as it's easier for me to read on my own than my mum having to read along with me.

Like me, Sam has always wanted a dog and Oscar just arrives one day, he can even talk. Sam decides he wants to keep Oscar but will his mum and dad let him?

This book is funny and have me giggling out loud as I made my way through the chapters. I like how the book shows how a dog can actually be your best friend and keep you company. The book mainly talks about how dogs are seen as a nuisance in his town and that he has a fight on his hands to not only keep Oscar but to also take on the town.

I really enjoyed reading this book and cannot wait to read the next one in the series.
19th January '18
I read it to Sebbytris aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
I read this to my 4 year old son. He enjoyed it. There was some moments that he made him laugh. He likes that Oscar can talk.
Was a good book to read at bedtime. It kept him interested and he sat the whole way through it.
20th January '18
Ayaan15 read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
I read this book all alone after i received it i had a full couple of days and what i liked is that i could understand it. I love oscars character. It reminds me of when i wanted a dog but my mum and dad did not agree until they surprised me with one and now i love it. 

The story was really fun and easy to read a long to it was very funny and yes it now is my fave book for 2018 :)
23rd January '18
I read it to LucasChops aged 6 aged 6
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4 stars
This is a fun story about a talking dog who adopts Sam as his owner.   Sam's parents have always said he can't have a dog as they're too expensive (and Sam's Dad is a pretty unsuccessful invention).  When the local councillor, who also happens to live next door, bans dogs from the town Oscar rounds up his pooch pals and forces a rethink.  With a cameo from the Queen and her corgis it is suitably far fetched but funny.  The type is nice and big and there are lots of illustrations throughout - great as a book to transition from picture books!
30th June '18
I read it to Princesskatie aged 2 aged 2
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4 stars
Very nice book
21st November '18
Mehwish read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
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4 stars
its about a boy called sam who wants a dog but his parent won't allow him as they are too costly,messy and too much work.
The dog called oscar turns up at his door one day and sam really want him to stay and not want his parents to find out who is at the door so he comes up with a plan.

I really enjoyed this book and it was funny and over the top.
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About Alan MacDonald

Jill Barklem was born in Epping in 1951. After an accident when she was thirteen, Jill was unable to take part in PE or games at school and instead developed her talent for drawing and art. On leaving school, she studied illustration at St Martin's in London before creating the enchanting world of Brambly Hedge.

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About Sarah Horne

Jennifer Gray is a lawyer and now writes children's comedy. Her other work includes the Atticus Claw series which has been shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize and the Red House Children's Book Award.

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