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4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  4,488 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
An enduring classic about how a little boy's stuffed dog is lost and found again, first published in the United States as David and Dog. "Warmly satisfying....Hughes has a way of zeroing in on the foibles of childhood with remarkable accuracy; this doesn't miss its mark."--Booklist.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 1st 1993 by HarperTrophy (first published 1977)
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Rhian Loxley
Sep 04, 2011 Rhian Loxley rated it it was amazing
I have so many common threads with the lovely story Dogger... I too, like Dave had a cuddly toy that i could not be separated from when i was a child and i remember well one cold lonely night when i had to go to bed without my teddy.

Family is a constant throughout many of Shirley Hughes' stories, with brothers and sisters introduced and featured as main characters within the the story. In 'Dogger' i could relate both to Dave and his love for dogger and Bella being the kind older sister - I wasn'
Shoeb Narot
Sep 10, 2011 Shoeb Narot rated it it was amazing
‘Dogger’ By Shirley Hughes.

I read this story as a child and its one of those most memorable stories from my childhood. It has stayed in my family for many years and I have read it on numerous occasions to my own children who have enjoyed it just as much.

It’s about a young boy called Dave who looses his precious soft toy called dogger and as a result he becomes very sad. After searching far and wide dogger is eventually spotted by Dave in his schools summer fair. It so happens that Dave doesn’t h
Jan 30, 2014 Jamie rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful story about loss, gain, friendship and family love! Most assuredly worth reading with your child. The love a child can have for a favorite toy and what happens when it is gone. Be warned, your child may be a bit sad for awhile but be sure to finish to the end! Very much worth a family or bedtime read!
Jul 28, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it
It has a 4 for nostalgic reasons. I had to include his in my reading log because it is one of my favourite childhood stories. I was reading it to my son and just had flashbacks of my childhood! Love this book.
Anna Garland
Sep 06, 2011 Anna Garland rated it really liked it
This enchanting tale follows the love affair between a boy, Dave, and his most treasured possession, his toy dog, Dogger.

The eldest out of three, Dave is always accompanied by his Dogger. His baby brother has his ‘hard toys for chewing on’, his sister Bella has her teddies, but Dave finds full satisfaction in his Dogger. They are inseparable.

It is therefore a cause for much dismay when after collecting his sister Bella from school, Dave realises that Dogger is no longer with him. In fact, he has
Jacinta Tarr
Apr 19, 2012 Jacinta Tarr rated it it was amazing
Shirley Hughes is one of the best known and most popular creators of children's books of all time. She began to write and design her own picture books when her children were very young because she felt there was a gap in this form of literature. She is my favourite children's author, I read her books as a child, I have read them to my own children and I intend to read them to my own class. One of my favourites is the story of a soft brown toy called Dogger. Dogger belongs to a young boy called D ...more
Jan 23, 2013 Georgina rated it really liked it
I found this book in the book corner in the year 2 class I am currently placed in. Instantly I was drawn to this book as it is one that I remember reading as a child. I read this book with a child this afternoon. I asked the child questions about the book and they were able to give the answers based on what they had heard.
This book I would use from year one up to year, adapting the range of questions that I would asked based on the year group. I found in this book that you could ask questions a
Oct 28, 2011 Steven rated it really liked it
A beautifully well written and well illustrated book, with a lovely message.

This story is about a young boy, his stuffed dog ‘Dogger’ and his family. One day after the young boys love for Dogger is in no doubt, Dogger goes missing! The whole family search high and low, but it is nowhere to be seen. The story has a good complication and climax then in the end, as you would hope from a book of this nature aimed at this age group, things all work out in the end. Every page you turn you get a warm g
Sophie Mc
Jun 12, 2012 Sophie Mc rated it really liked it
'Dogger' by Shirley Hughes tells a lovely story of the importance of a little teddy. The story tells of little boy who misplaces his favourite teddy and finds himself completely lost without it. The story delves into the theme of 'belongings' and of the importance of having special objects to cherish. This story is a great read to share with those children of the EYFS/ early KS1, as it highlights the importance of respecting belongings and of respecting the belongings of others. This book is gre ...more
I adore this book. There should be more stories that show so naturally, and so authentically, acts of love.
Laura Cope
Jan 08, 2014 Laura Cope rated it really liked it
When Dave loses his favourite toy, a small, threadbare dog named Dogger, he is very, very upset. His parents search all over the house but can't find Dogger anywhere. Just when all hope is lost, Dave and his family go to the School Fayre, where Dave spots none other than Dogger at one of the stalls! Dogger is for sale for 5p, but Dave can only find 3p in his pocket, and is very upset when he sees a little girl walking around the Fayre with Dogger in her arms.

As with all of Shirley Hughes' books
Oct 22, 2014 Christina rated it it was amazing
I read this book to my Year 1 class today and I think it was really good for story time because I was able to get the children involved asking them questions in relation to the text. I could see by their faces how engaged they were and they were fascinated by all the detailed illustrations. The main character Dave had a little teddy Dog which he adored, I was able to relate it to the children asking them if they had a little teddy or toy they cherished. All of the children at one point had a spe ...more
Shanna Gonzalez
Feb 03, 2010 Shanna Gonzalez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-04-08
Dave's favorite toy is a stuffed toy named Dogger. He carries him everywhere and depends on him to help him go to sleep. One morning, while out with his mother, meeting his older sister Bella at school, Dogger disappears. When bedtime comes, Dogger is nowhere to be found, and although Bella loans him one of her teddies, he is very sad during the night. In the morning at the school fair, Dave is too sad to have fun, and he wanders off from the rest of his family. At one of the used-toy stands he ...more
Claire Conlon
Oct 05, 2011 Claire Conlon rated it really liked it
Dogger is an adorable book which follows Dave and his precious stuffed dog Dogger. I think a lot of children would be able to relate to Dave when they think about their favourite toy and how they would feel if they had lost it. Dave searches high and low for him, but Dogger reminds lost. The next day is the school fair Dave is only interested in finding Dogger despite all the fun and games going on. Just as we have given up all hope of finding Dogger, Dave stumbles across the toy stall where the ...more
Tracey Young
May 03, 2012 Tracey Young rated it really liked it
A lovely story with realistic and detailed illustrations about a child who loses their favourite toy. He is absolutely devastated! Dave loses his "dogger" and Bella, his sister, helps him get it back. This book childrens book models the kind, caring side of a sibling relationship. This can be used to shows children how families can help each other out. A great story to use for a PSHE lesson, to discuss loss and how loosing something you like can affect you. It can help children to understand fee ...more
Nov 18, 2015 Alice rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Drippy eye alert! My volunteer said "This books has the wrong label on it.. It is HUB instead of HUG, So I decided to put it in the fix pile. OH, a get this book!! The love a stuffed animals is almost everything!! Nice book! Good sibling story as well!!
This is another five-star favorite that I read to my children. It's a gentle, lovely story with sweet illustrations that perfectly captures a child's attachment to his beloved stuffed dog and the generosity of his sister.
Jan 18, 2013 R.L. rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me as a gift when my children were little by a British friend who highly recommended it. I agree with her. This is a lovely book about kindness and helping others. Wonderful!
Jun 19, 2017 Patricia rated it it was amazing
I first read this as "David and Dog" when my boys were very young.
Samantha Fletcher
Jun 01, 2017 Samantha Fletcher rated it really liked it
Absolutely lovely story about a boy and his favourite toy, and the love between siblings.
My 5yo has a special teddy (dumbo) which she cannot be without at bedtime!!
Nuala Hadley
Jul 20, 2017 Nuala Hadley rated it it was amazing
Loved this when I was young and then when I revisited it with my little one.
Feb 26, 2017 Megan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: maeve-s-books
This book was a gift for Maeve from my best friend who lives in Scotland. It's a lovely story with wonderful illustrations. Maeve loves it but gets a little upset until Dave and Dogger are reunited at the end.
Laura Clayton
Aug 29, 2013 Laura Clayton rated it it was amazing
Plot Summary:
This story is the tale of Dave and his inseparable teddy dog called ‘Dogger’. Unfortunately, Dave loses Dogger after collecting his sister, Bella, from school. Dave is very uspet over this and nothing can seem to cheer him up, even the school fair the following day. Whilst at the fair, Dave manages to spot Dogger being sold on a stall, but he is too late and someone has already bought it. Dave’s hopes are dashed again and it’s made worse as his sister, Bella, wins a new teddy in a r
Rebecca Collins
What a great story, and what lovely illustrations! I really liked this picture book, as whilst reading it I found myself thinking of the pictures, as well as the writing, because I am now more aware of how to analyse picture books (thanks Mat!)

The first picture in the book is of Dogger, Dave's teddy, which illustrates the point that he accompanies the main character of the book. However, from having this picture on the first page, it showed to me that the teddy is extremely important to Dave bec
Gemma Varcianna
Sep 18, 2011 Gemma Varcianna rated it really liked it
Digging through my mums old collection of children's books from when I was a little girl I found this book-it took me back I used to get my mum to read this over and over again!

Dogger was a soft brown toy belonging to Dave who he loved dearly, Dogger was his favorite toy and they were inseparable. One day Dave loses him and his kind older sister Belle who tries to make him feel better by giving him one of her favorite teddies. But nothing can make him feel better to him the world is a different
Orla Byrne
Oct 05, 2011 Orla Byrne rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely book with a simple story that is still relevant over 30 years after it was first published. Dave loses his stuffed toy and is very sad. Mam and Dad turn the house upside down trying to find the toy but to no avail...until Dave spots Dogger on sale at the local fair. He searches for his parents so they can give him the 5p to buy back his toy but when he finally returns to the stall Dogger has been sold. In the meantime Dave’s big sister Bella is delighted with herself as she has ...more
Emily Hughes
May 28, 2014 Emily Hughes rated it it was amazing
Dogger is the story of a little boy whose toy dog is lost and found again.

It is the story of a little boys search for his favourite toy when one day it goes missing. Him and his family search all over the house and garden then finally he spots Dogger at the school fete for sale.

What I like about this story is it is a memorable book I can still remember from my childhood; Dogger reflects the simplicity of a child’s love for their favourite toy. The illustrations that support the story are beautif
Apr 21, 2016 Julia rated it liked it
This was an interesting book to read and one that kind of reminded me of the general plot of "The Velveteen Rabbit". The story basically went into the depths of a friendship of a boy and his plush dog, comparing it to his siblings' bonds with their toys and how he ended up losing it with no idea where Dogger had vanished to.

The illustrations remind me of one other book from the same timeframe, which explored a male figure as a babysitter. They are realistic and full of detail yet stylistic to
Feb 18, 2013 Anita rated it it was amazing
This is both a moving and heart-warming story about a young boy called Dave and the love he has for his teddy, Dogger. Dave takes Dogger everywhere with him as it's his favourite toy. However, one day he loses Dogger and is distraught. Whilst at his school fair, he discovers Dogger again, but not for long as someone else has bought him from the toy store. Dogger's sister steps in and saves the day as she swaps the teddy that she won for her participation in a race, with Dogger. Both Dave and Dog ...more
Nov 26, 2008 Carrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
Shirley Hughes’ Dogger tells the story of Dave and his favorite toy, a small brown dog named Dogger, and how Dogger is lost and recovered, thanks to Dave’s sister. Just about every child will relate to having a beloved toy. The selfless act of the older sister Bella demonstrates the positive side of sibling relationships.

The illustrations are detailed and inviting, with soft, warm colors. They suit the text, giving added personality to the characters established through the story. The writing co
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Shirley Hughes is the illustrator of more than two hundred children’s books and has won many prestigious awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal twice. She is the author-illustrator of DON'T WANT TO GO! and OLLY AND ME 1 2 3. She lives in London.
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