The Great Escape - Astro's Adventures

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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 is an author, canine behaviourist, and a storyteller. She lives with her family and dogs, in particular, Rocky the Border collie and Stella, the blind dog. She spends her time blogging, writing and illustrating; training and counselling dogs and being bossed around by the family cat, Speed Bump Charlie and his sidekick, Furball (see Dogs in Space).

Susan travelled around the world twice before she was seven years old. It seemed only fitting that the wonderful events she experienced and the 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.

Susan is passionate about children's literature and wants to inspire children to be better people and encourage them to follow their dreams. She runs workshops for children teaching them how to form the wonders of their imaginations into stories.

Susan lives in a small country town where there are more kangaroos than people. She shares her country property with four dogs, three cats, three rescue guinea pigs and a very large fish and her patient husband. More about her adventures are reflected in Clarence the Snake from Dunolly.

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Review by: Victoria Zigler on Feb. 07, 2015 :
This is a great little story, with an excellent message about how important it is to care for your pets. It has an entertaining plot, as well as a fantastic cast of canine and feline characters. The only reason I don't give it the full five stars is because the cats and dogs are meant to be just like your average pet cats and dogs, yet they have physical capabilities that those animals could never have. Still, it was a wonderful story, and I look forward to reading

the rest of the series!
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)

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 17 days after purchase)

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