When Uncle Ben's Dublin business fails, it's clear to Gloria and Raymond that something is wrong. He just isn't his usual cheerful self. So when the children overhear their granny saying that the Black Dog has settled on Ben's back and he won't be okay until it's gone, they decide they're going to get rid of it. Gathering all their courage the children set out on a midnight quest to hunt down the Black Dog and chase it away
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The children of Dublin battle a terrible malaise through the use of a special word, and a good dose of magic realism.
The Bookseller||This novel is simply brilliant, without wanting to say that I had to say it. Roddy Doyle's trademark dialogue with some really great, entertaining characters for children works wonderfully. . . I expect nothing less from one of Ireland's finest and am so pleased his children's fiction is as wonderful as his adult's.
plasticrosaries.com||A sensitive and excellently written portrayal of depression and the effects on not just the individual but those around them. Would be great paired with Levi Pinfold's Black Dog and used as a discussion point.
NetGalley||In a word? Brilliant! Of course.
NetGalley||Quite simply, the greatest children's book I have ever read.
Dubray Books||A profound story about the effect of despair on society is touched with magic and humour by best-selling Roddy Doyle.
LOVEREADING4KIDS.CO.UK||An uplifting book with lots of fine Doyle wit
DAILY TELEGRAPH||A lovely, hopeful story. Took me a while to decide on the target audience and then realised: everyone.
Caroline Fielding, Librarian and 2014 Chair of the CILIP YLG London||This book lives up to its title. . . told with Doyle's characteristic humour.
Tracey McHardy, NetGalley User & Waterstones Bookseller