Bob the Railway Dog by Corinne Fenton
Published by Black Dog Books
Do you have an adventurous spirit?
If so, you will love Bob the Railway Dog, a delightful heart-warming story of a stray dog, cared for by a railway guard, who travels throughout South Australia and other parts of Australia by jumping aboard any train that passes his way.
With evocative and image driven phrases such as ‘something tumbled in the man’s heart’ and ‘shiny new tracks like spider webs’ and ‘spinifex bushes peeped from beside the track like woolly-headed ghosts’, Corinne Fenton presents the reader with a slice of Australia’s transportation history with a dog as the main focus. Dogs also feature in a couple of her other books, namely The Dog on the Tuckerbox and Little dog and the Christmas Wish, both of which are delightful stories for the whole family to be read over and over again.
Andrew Mclean’s inspiring water colour illustrations of South Australian landscapes of hillsides, deserts and the wheat belt area, combined with his intricate detailed drawings of the fashion and architecture of the time make each picture a story in itself. I loved the endpapers for the way the landscape is portrayed before train transportation and the image of Bob on the back cover stirs up imagery and emotions of Red Dog, who travelled the Pilbara looking for his master.
Bob the Railway Dog is based on a true story of a stray dog that became a legend with the railway men of the time. Bob will weave his way into your heart as you follow his journeys across the country while befriending train drivers, guards and passengers alike.
Children and adults of all ages will love this feel-good story, a little slice of unknown Australian history.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Corinne Fenton
Illustrator: Andrew McLean
Title: Bob the Railway Dog by Corinne Fenton
Publisher: Black Dog Books
Published: August 2015