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The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog: World Book Day 2018

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A brilliant new animal story from Clare Balding, especially for World Book Day!

Fennel and Twiglet are best friends. They do everything together, from curling up in their basket to playing fetch in the park. Twiglet understands Fennel like no one else, especially her life-long dream of winning Crufts.
There's just one problem: Fennel isn't a dog. And a girl can't win a competition for dogs, no matter how much she acts like one.

Can she?

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Published: 22nd February 2018
Number of Pages: 96

ISBN-13: 9780241323731

Age Ranking
  1. #79 of 1139 books for 10 year olds
  2. #218 of 386 books for 12 year olds
  3. #328 of 1512 books for 9 year olds
  4. #469 of 727 books for 11 year olds
  5. #1036 of 1615 books for 8 year olds
  6. #1142 of 1816 books for 7 year olds
  7. #1182 of 1864 books for 6 year olds
10 Book reviews
22nd January '18
I read it to LCR08 aged 9
The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog: World Book Day 2018 9780241323731
5 stars
We love this book.
Leo has a very special bond with his grandfather’s dog and this book reminds me of that. 
It is such a wonderful story depicting so beautifully the relationship that humans and animals can create between each other.
It also addresses subtly how bullying can occur and how to best react in that situation.
It is beautifully written in an easy-to-read style with lovely illustrations.
17th January '18
Addie read it aged 7
The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog: World Book Day 2018 9780241323731
5 stars
A wonderful story especially perfect for those who love dogs. It tells the story of Fennel growing up and how she acts like a dog. This is because she has a great relationship with her dog Twiglet. The characters in this book are likeable and the plot
is funny and heartwarming.
The Tony Ross illustrations are a added bonus to what is already a fantastic book. My favourite character is Fennel because she is quirky. 
1st February '18
Orla read it aged 8
The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog: World Book Day 2018 9780241323731
5 stars
I really enjoyed reading The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog! It made me laugh out loud. My favourite character was probably Count Basil, but I liked Fennal too because she reminds me of me!  I love dogs, so it's a five star review from me! (Not just because I love dogs!)
1st February '18
I read it (an adult) & to Agnes aged 6
The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog: World Book Day 2018 9780241323731
5 stars
Agnes (6 years old says):

'What I liked about the story was Fennel (the girl) wanted to be a dog and go to Cruft's. I learnt lots about Cruft's. I thought it was really funny when Fennel went to school and behaved like a dog and sat on the table. I loved this book.'

We really enjoyed reading this together. Not only was it really funny but we learnt about dogs and dog shows.
We look forward to reading more of her books.
9th January '18
Giggle read it aged 10
The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog: World Book Day 2018 9780241323731
5 stars
This book is awesome, it made me laugh out loud. It’s about a little girl called Fennel and her dog/best friend Twiglet. Fennel is a really funny character because she has grown up around Twiglet the dog, so she behaves like him. She barks, plays fetch and speaks doggish. My favourite part in the book was when Fennel and Twiglet enter Crufts (a famous dog show) The book is written really well and makes you feel like you’re in the story with the characters. I enjoyed this book so much. I would recommend to anyone who likes a funny story. probably age 7 plus.
10th January '18
Josh read it aged 9
The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog: World Book Day 2018 9780241323731
5 stars
This was an amazing book. Fennel and Twiglet, the dog, become best friends and do everything together. Fennel even wants to be a dog like Twiglet and she ends up competing in a huge dog show called Crufts.

This was an easy book to read with clear text and a nice picture at the start of the chapters. It was quite like a David Williams book. I really enjoyed reading this book.
10th January '18
Westy10 read it aged 12
The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog: World Book Day 2018 9780241323731
5 stars
This book is fabulous! 

Fennel and twiglet are the best of friends . They play together , sleep together and eat together . There's only one problem . fennel is a human ! Ever since she was a baby , fennel has wanted nothing more than to be just like twiglet . she wants to wag her tail , roll in grass and sniff everything , just like the other dogs . which is fine , until she goes to the dreaded school......

I really , really enjoyed this book . it was witty , with an answer for everything in doggy habit . This book was quite mild , a good choice for even the youngest readers this world book day . That being said , this book was still vastly entertaining for the fun loving tween who read it (me) . all in all a very good book with great illustrations and a feel good ending
19th January '18
Belllboo read it aged 10
The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog: World Book Day 2018 9780241323731
5 stars
I really like this book it's so much fun.  Twiglet and Fennel are so close, I love my pets so much too and I can't talk to them. 

This book is suitable for girls and boys over 3 years old,  although young kids will need it read to them as its quite long for a book day book. 
27th January '18
I read it aged 10
The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog: World Book Day 2018 9780241323731
5 stars
 Ever since Fennel was young, she had wanted to be a dog. Seeing as her best friend, Twiglet, was a boxer, that wasn't too hard for Fennel, but her family were starting to get worried. She acted like a dog, she ate like a dog, and she played like a dog. Then, she has to go to school.

At first everyone thinks that she is weird, and every day she is more reluctant to get in the car and go to school. After a long walk with her two uncles and, of course, Twiglet, she learns that no matter what people say about you, you should be happy with who you are. So she decides to enter Crufts.

Her and Twiget start of by going to the local dog competition. There, they enter in the 'looks' category. Unfortunately, they don't win a prise but as Fennel is watching the agility, she has a brilliant idea: her and Twiglet could enter the agility at Crufts! They practise for weeks and weeks, both Fennel and Twiglet doing the course. When the time comes, will they be able to do the course, and will they win?


This is a heartwarming story, and it shows that you should persevere and follow your dreams, and it tells you to be proud of the person (or dog) you are!
19th January '18
Leonjames read it aged 11
The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog: World Book Day 2018 9780241323731
5 stars
This book is fantastic to read. This book is about a girl fennel who when she is born has a fantastic relationship with her family dog called twiglet. They have such a great bond that fennel starts to think she's a dog and act like one. Obviously this isn't good when it come to her going to school and twiglet trys to help her. This book if has fantastic illustrations too. I'd definitely recommend this book for the dog lovers and anyone who wants to read a fantastic book. 
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