Penny and the Little Lost Puppy
Walker Books, 2022
32pp., hbk., RRP $A27.99
Moving home can feel a bit lonely, and even though Penny has all her familiar things around her, it’s her friends not her things that Penny misses. So she can’t believe her luck when she finds a new friend right in her garden: a puppy who wants to play all day long! But the next morning, Penny’s playmate is nowhere to be seen … wherever can she have gone? To find out, Penny and Dad will have to get to know their new town a little better.
This is a feel good story that will appeal to and resonate with any young readers who have had to move home, neighbourhoods, schools,,, particularly as there appears to be no mother in the picture so the reasons for moving may be complex.
Set in a traditional English village with its high street shops, terraced houses with lush gardens and busy community park, the illustrations are highly detailed offering much to discover and discuss as young readers compare Penny’s new home to their own, as well as considering what makes a place a home rather than a house and offering them an opportunity to share their own experiences about moving, particularly the fear of having no friends and having to make new ones. .