University of WA Press, Australia
Who will win first prize in the dog show? A hilarious tale about a group of neighbourhood dogs who decide to hold a dog show – with a cat as the judge! Each dog has a special claim to the prize, but the outcome is not as they expect.
Gray’s talent for combining a meaningful storyline, memorable characters and expressive language are in evidence, along with his hallmark humour. His ability to communicate important messages to the young within the framework of a satisfying story marks him as an exceptional children’s writer. Perceptive and witty, and the sense of spontaneity and chaos which pervades the book is most appealing. Cathryn Crowe, Courier Mail
A charming tale. Canberra Times
Nigel Gray’s compassion for the ‘underdog’ is evident in the surprise ending of this delightful book. Review