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It's a dog's life in the big city... Come join one busy dog on her journey to find her place in the world, in this third sublimely illustrated book from the bestselling, award-winning Rob Biddulph.
For busy dogs
A busy day
Of busy work
And busy play...
But one dog doesn't quite fit in. It's lonely being the odd dog out, when all she wants to do is find her place in the world. She's willing to go to the other side of the world to look for it... but it might take a different kind of journey for her to discover that maybe where she's meant to be is right back where she started...
A gloriously illustrated story about leaving home and finding yourself, from the bestselling and award-winning Rob Biddulph, author of Blown Away and GRRRRR!

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29th September '18
I read it to Malakhi aged 5 aged 5 & to Jakobi aged 5 aged 5
Odd Dog Out 9780007594153
5 stars
A wonderful story that celebrates being different. The rhyming story is just beautiful and the illustrations are wonderful.
17th March '17
I read it to bookbairn_ aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
It tells the story of one small dog who doesn't fit in, she dances to a difference beat. She looks different, plays differently, she doesn't fit in. So she leaves her city behind in search of new adventures and discovers a new city full of dogs just like her! Great, right? She finally fits in! Except... she meets another odd dog out who tells her to stand tall, be proud: "that dog is right. It's plain to see there's nothing wrong with being me." And on returning home she finds that all her city slicker doggy friends have missed her terribly and maybe they have learned something from her!

This lovely book is written in rhyme which makes it a delight to read! And Rob Biddulph is fast-becoming one of my all-time favourite illustrators. His pictures are bold, crisp, sharp and packed full of humour that grown ups will love! 
1st October '16
I read it to GB aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
This book is the third we have by the author and features his excellent rhyming prose and quirky illustrations. It has an important message about individuality and self-confidence / self asteem which I am very pleased to share with my son but I'm also delighted that he enjoys the story and the illustrations. 
23rd March '17
I read it to SophieKelly aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
Odd dog out follows the adventures of a small dog who just doesnt fit in - she wears bright colours and seems to do the opposite to everyone else - although she tries her best to fit in. She packs up her case and travels for a year through the seasons, arriving in Doggywood where there are another hundred dogs just like her and she finally fits in! But then one day she meets a dog that stands out, and offers him some sympathy that she too once was the different one and how hard it was.... and he explains that she's wrong you have to celebrate your differences "stand out from the crowd, stand tall and be proud". At which point she realises he's right and that she misses home... All the other dogs celebrate her return and say how much they've missed her  - her absence has made them appreciate that being different is great - and they now all feel comfortable to be who they are rather than just conform, so there's more variety in the population / home is a more accepting place.

A lovely Rob Biddulph book with vibrant illustrations and a nice message.
19th May '17
I read it to joshgok aged 6 aged 6 & to JakeGOK aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Gorgeously illustrated.  We do love a sausage dog, especially one that wears clothes!

In a busy town full of sausage dogs, this dog realises she is different to all the other sausage dogs.  The others are dressed the same, and she is not, the others kick the ball, and she catches it....she decides it's not the place for her, and that she should move.  When she moves, the dogs all around her look exactly the same as her...except ONE!! She talks to the dog and the dog explains how being different is GOOD :)

The moral of the story is that it's good to be different, and that we should feel comfortable being who we are!
2nd September '16
I read it to Amelie aged 4 aged 4
Odd Dog Out 9780007594153
5 stars
We're big fans of Blown Away and Grrrr, Rob Biddulph's first two books, so our expectations were high for his newest book!  It does not disappoint, full of bright, fun, detailed illustrations that draw you in and fun, rhyming text with a great tale.  
This sausage dog is different from the rest so goes on a journey to find a place she stands out less.  It's on this journey she learns to be just herself and that sets a trend elsewhere.
We love the fact you can read this over and over again and find something new within the illustrations each time...we also like the re-appearance of a previous character from Blown Away hidden away in one of the pages!
A favourite of my daughters already.
22nd April '17
I read it to Monsterjam aged 4 aged 4 & to Wilburwoo aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
Our first book by Rob Biddulph but certainly not our last! Bright and fun illustrations, super rhymes and a lovely message. We've read it over and over again and especially love the page of dogs being who they want to be. Thoroughly recommend.
15th May '17
I read it myself (an adult) & to eric_ aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
"Stand tall, be proud! (...) That dog is right, there's nothing wrong with being me!" Wow! Beautiful book, beautiful story! I already loved the other Rob Biddulph books, but this one has even a more special message, where we are used to seeing everyone being the same, and we think that's the way we should be, but no, being different is normal and is what makes you special and what everyone will most like about you. A bit like the message we have with Elmer, but my son (like me) even preferred this story, I think it's the catchy text, the illustrations and the yellow submarine.
10th March '17
I read it to IslaC aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
another gorgeous book by Rob Biddulph about the importance of being yourself, whatever everyone else does!
27th April '17
I read it to Train boy aged 5 aged 5
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4 stars
As my son's voluntary school librarian, I like to seek out those books for the Reception and Year 1/2's that deal with  handling emotions and finding your identity - so it was great to find this book and secure it for the library.

I road tested this book on my son, who is 5. I have to say that initially, he wasn't particularly excited or engaged by the book in a way that I've seen other titles hold his attention. However, he did really enjoy following and spotting the dogs who were behaving differently, and in the end, I think it was really nice that despite the dog traveling to find others more like herself, she returned and was welcomed by her old friends - because ultimately variety is the spice of life and  we are all different - which is what attracts us to others.

It's a great message, and the illustrations are also bold and colourful - and for that reason it deserves a high review. A great message for all children to have reinforced from an early age.
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Rob Biddulph is an award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator. His first picture book Blown Away won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. His second, GRRRRR!, was nominated for the CILIP Kate Greena...

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