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Ralph, Flying Hound

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Ralph, Flying Hound

by Dave Paddon
with illustrations by alex kolano

*One of the Top Ten Recommended Reads in the 2017 TD Summer Reading Club

"A fresh and charming narrative reminiscent of the tall-tale storytelling tradition with illustrations that are its ideal complement."
– Kirkus Reviews

But with all of the things that Ralph had retrieved
There was one thing he hadn't got yet.
And being the hard-headed fellow he was
That's the one thing he just had to get.

In the tradition of Robert Service's poetic tall tales, Dave Paddon's Ralph, Flying Hound brings readers a hilarious recitation about a dog that just won't give up. Along with his canine comrades, Ralph chases anything that moves, and usually catches it too. But when his aspirations go skyward, even his four furry friends - Nance, Lucky, Spot 1 and Spot 2 - wonder if Ralph's aiming too high. Will Ralph catch that big orange duck? Will pilot Greg ever get those crazy dogs out of his hair? And how did those mutts end up in the drink?

An accomplished reciter and storyteller, Dave Paddon has crafted a fabulous "dog-bites-helicopter" tale, told with his signature warm and quirky wit, and inspired by a true story. He may be new to children's literature, but Paddon is an old hand at recitations. Five of Paddon's many recitations have been published as letterpress-printed chapbooks by Running the Goat, Books & Broadsides; The Christmas Turr and Not a Word of a Lie are perennial favourites. He's been called "the Rock Star of Newfoundland recitation writers" and this wonderful book will show reader why.

Newcomer alex kolano has created delightfully playful illustrations that bring Ralph, his friends and their adventures to life. 

Designer Veselina Tomova has pulled this all together into a fabulous illustrated book for children of all ages.

11 x 8 softcover, 32 pages. For readers 5 to 9.

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