Candlewick, Hardcover, 9780763624767, 40pp.
Publication Date: July 22, 2004
Fetching illustrations from an exciting new talent enliven this tale of a boy who loves dogs and the color blue — and finds a creative way to make his fantasies come true.
Bertie wants a dog, a blue dog, more than anything in the world. For now, though, he likes to pretend he has one, patting it, walking it, even playing both sides of a game of fetch. One day, Bertie finds a real dog, and it's puppy love at first sight — or is it? In this story of an inventive boy who meets the dog of his dreams, Polly Dunbar tells an engaging tale full of whimsy and humor.
Polly Dunbar lives and works as a freelance illustrator in London. She says, "DOG BLUE was inspired by a little Dalmatian puppet who lives in a blue shoebox with air holes in the top for 'breathing.' The story was written for Neil, his owner, who has blue eyes, a blue sweater, and like Bertie, loves dogs." Polly Dunbar is the author-illustrator of one other book for children, FLYAWAY KATIE.