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Richard Byrne shortlisted for Oscar’s First Book Prize

April 29, 2015


Oscar's First Book Prize: The power of books and the importance of real friendship


When Bella's dog disappears into your book, it's up to you to help!  


“A plainly but energetically drawn story which prods a child to think out of the ordinary, envision another dimension and try to touch it themselves by shaking the characters out of the hole they’ve fallen into.” MS


“The participatory aspect was a big hit at our house. Alice loved shaking the book to try to get the characters out. The last page, which ends with a note from the character Bella, is also a good way to bring the reader into a shared confidence.” VA



“The idea of a dog-eating book made me curious right from the start.” RT


“Simple, funny, participatory.” JA


“Original, encouraging little ones to think outside the box.” GA

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