The Great Escape -- Illustrated!

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There is a special organisation responsible for the well being of all dogs. Its main goal is to make sure that all dogs are provided with a proper home, a nice warm bed and a cat to chase. This organisation is kept secret from every human being and operates, as you are about to see, right under our very noses… More

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About Susan Day

Susan travelled around the world twice before she was seven years old. It was the sixties and the cheapest way to circumnavigate the globe was by cruise ship. All alone, it seemed only fitting that the wonderful events she experienced and places she visited on these journeys be recorded for history. Thus, her story telling skills began. Firstly, to Rupert Bear, her lifelong companion, and then to a host of imaginary friends and finally to her pet dog once the family finally set down roots in Australia.

From her Irish heritage she learnt how to tell a good story well and the importance of storytelling in the re-living of her family’s past and present experiences. Her mother taught her that a good story should make people laugh then cry. But if you can make people cry with laughter then you’ve achieved something worthwhile.

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Review by: David Neilson on Nov. 18, 2014 :
'The Great Escape - Illustrated!' is a children’s book which stands out through its humour and sense of character.

First in the series about Commander Rocky and his Organisation, a secret pack who rescue and care for ill-treated dogs, it features silly Astro, a dog who can’t see how lucky he actually is. Astro learns through working with a cast of characters including technologically-minded Hans, a Dachshund, and Digger (whose name gives away his role in the story) that he isn’t really a prisoner as he claims, but a much more fortunate dog than those the Organisation is called on to save from neglect.

Astro's adventure moves on swiftly and involves a sinister dog processing centre, as well as the Organisation’s feline enemies.

Well-equipped and resourceful though the Organisation may be, its members don’t abandon their canine natures. For example, a microchipped dog can always get in touch with the Organisation by turning round and round and dropping like a stone in its basket, which activates a hologram.

This is typical of Susan Day’s humour, which is clearly based on close observation of dogs and which doesn’t avoid a serious message about dogs’ need for a loving home and companionship.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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