Dandy and Dazza
New Frontier, 2021
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
Dandy was a best-in-show sort of hound while Dazza was a rough-and-tumble sort of mongrel. As dogs go, they couldn’t be more different. One liked five-star food, the other old bones found in the rubbish bin; one liked peace and quiet; the other barked and went crazy; one walked demurely to the park in a fur-lined coat and leg-warmers; the other pulled and strained at the leash covered in the mud and muck from rolling in puddles on the way…
Could two such different temperaments ever get along?
From the title to the endpages to the text itself, you just know that this is going to be a book of contrasts that brings so much fun to the reader. And it doesn’t disappoint. How will two such polar opposites be able to share the park together? This is a story that will appeal to young readers, especially those with dogs because no doubt they will recognise their own pooches in the pictures and the antics. The bright, brilliant illustrations catch the eye and the roll-off-the-tongue text will make this a favourite while sparking discussions about how opposites attract and despite our differences, friendship is still possible..