Catherine Pickles and her Lurcher, Worzel, take you on a journey, where you will gain an understanding of how dogs think and feel, so that all children can have a wonderful relationship with the dogs in their lives, and all dogs can feel happy, safe, and loved.
Children and dogs can be the best of friends, and good for each other in so many ways. Many adults will fondly remember a childhood dog who helped them through a hard time simply by being there as a constant companion they could confide in without being judged, or curl up with when they needed comfort. Sadly, though, dogs are often misunderstood by both adults and children, and their behaviour can be misread. It is important to remember that dogs and children should always be supervised when together, so that everyone stays happy and safe.
In Worzel Says Hello, Catherine Pickles and her Lurcher, Worzel, take you on a journey, where you will gain an understanding of how dogs think and feel, so that all children can have a wonderful relationship with the dogs in their lives, and all dogs can feel happy, safe, and loved.
FeaturesA children’s introduction to Worzel Wooface, the well known literary Lurcher
Told from a dog's perspective, drawing the child into Worzel's story
Lovingly illustrated in watercolour by Chantal Bourgonje
How to safely and successfully introduce a dog to a child
Includes notes to help parents, teachers and guardians
Implicit learning whilst enjoying the story, creating deeper understanding
Illustrated examples of do and don't behaviour
All illustrations checked for correctness by a canine expert
Teach your child to be a dog’s best friend – and allow him to be theirs
The start of a wonderful friendship!
About the author
Catherine Pickles is an author, journalist and blogger who lives in Suffolk with her husband and nearly grown-up children. Many moons ago, she was a primary school teacher.
As a child, her home was filled with dogs, cats and every stray, broken or rescued animal in the village.
Now she is an experienced foster-carer of Lurchers and other Sighthounds.
Worzel: Initially a foster dog, from the second Worzel skidded through the door, Catherine knew that he would be her first "failed foster" – and Worzel Wooface was adopted permanently from Hounds First Sighthound Rescue.
Early puppy experiences mean that he can be anxious and nervous about new situations, and this book for children addresses the issues of introducing a potentially nervous rescue dog to young children.
Worzel blogs and writes a regular column for his local newspaper. He is a champion for rescue dogs and considers himself a Rescue Ambassador, promoting the joys and challenges of second-hand dogs.
In 2016, Worzel won a Heroes of Dog Fest award.
Chantal is a Dutch illustrator and writer of picture books, working from the Wiltshire countryside, where she lives with her partner and two whippets. Chantal’s inspiration comes from nature, the countryside and the living creatures in it. In 2011 she graduated with a 1:1 Honours degree in Illustration. Her graduation project was highly commended in the MacMillan Prize. In 2013 she was highly commended in the AOI Awards. Since graduating Chantal has written and illustrated children's picture book apps, published by Tizio. One was awarded a Kirkus Star for books of remarkable merit. Chantal is represented by Hen & Ink.