Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Selby's Secret (Selby, #1)” as Want to Read:
Selby's Secret (Selby, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Selby's Secret (Selby #1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  201 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Selby's secret is that he is the only talking dog in Australia and, perhaps, the world. Practising his pronouns in front of the mirror, he has wonderful dreams of cosy fireside chats with is owners, the Trifles. But, almost too late, Selby realises that his remarkable gift could change him forever from family pooch to family servant. He must keep it a secret at all costs a ...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published 1992 by Angus & Robertson (first published 1985)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Selby's Secret, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Selby's Secret

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
When I was a child, I believed in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and Selby the talking dog. I fully believed that, somewhere in Australia, there was a talking dog who had numerous zany mishaps and adventures, and would call up an author named Duncan Ball who would publish them in books that I would read at school over, and over, and over again. I cannot tell you how many times I read the Selby books, but it would be in the dozens.

That was over ten years ago, and I had since give
Nov 27, 2016 Sabrina rated it really liked it
i thought selby was real back in the day
Hannah Reed
May 03, 2013 Hannah Reed rated it really liked it
As a kid Selby was my go to book series, I waited patiently for new books to come out and once went in the store to buy one simply because they were giving away a toy with the book. I was flicking through one recently and it came back to me just how good these books were. They were funny and inventive, and they got better and weirder as the series continued (I remember it blew my mind as a child that Duncan Ball became a character). Also these books introduced me to peanut prawns, though I have ...more
Jill Smith
Oct 23, 2014 Jill Smith rated it liked it
Bogusville could be a real town and Selby could be a real dog. The only dog in Australia and perhaps the world who can talk, but that's his big secret. This is a collection of short stories that become a humour filled book.

Duncan has written over 70 children's books. He lives in Sydney and this is a fun filled book for young readers.
Jan 05, 2011 Lucille rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I remember finding these books hysterically funny when I was a kid. I'm kind of tempted to go back and re-read them to see what I think now. Selby is a talking dog that tries to hide his ability from everyone, and (I think) always has close calls where his owners almost find out that he isn't an ordinary dog.
Jan 26, 2012 Nicola rated it really liked it
I loved this book as a kid! Always wanted my very own talking dog!
Jul 04, 2015 WatermeLoonie rated it really liked it
Nov 23, 2010 Marcus rated it it was amazing
In every Selby secret there is more than just one story.
Anna Ryan-Punch
My 6yo son is a big fan of Selby now, just like I was as a kid :)
Lou rated it it was amazing
Oct 24, 2014
Marfia rated it liked it
Oct 30, 2011
Laura rated it liked it
Mar 31, 2014
Ikam rated it really liked it
Apr 14, 2012
Mirelle rated it it was ok
Feb 17, 2013
Broderick rated it really liked it
Sep 10, 2011
Nadine rated it liked it
Feb 25, 2012
Christy Zakarias
Christy Zakarias rated it liked it
Nov 07, 2010
Steph Lam
Steph Lam rated it really liked it
Dec 01, 2012
Giulia Bear
Giulia Bear rated it it was amazing
Apr 30, 2014
Natalie rated it it was amazing
Nov 04, 2010
Nat rated it it was ok
Jun 25, 2011
Elena rated it liked it
Nov 01, 2013
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens rated it liked it
Apr 21, 2015
Jed rated it really liked it
Jun 09, 2012
Rachel rated it liked it
Dec 23, 2011
Mary-Helen rated it it was amazing
Mar 13, 2012
Noemi Boehl
Noemi Boehl rated it really liked it
Mar 28, 2016
Panner Selvam
Panner Selvam rated it did not like it
Aug 08, 2016
Murray rated it did not like it
Jan 06, 2009
Lisa rated it liked it
Dec 22, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Undone! (Uncollected)
  • 45 + 47 Stella Street And Everything That Happened (Stella Street, #1)
  • A Little Bush Maid (Billabong, #1)
  • Tashi and the Giants (Tashi, #2)
  • Water Wings
  • Lily Quench and the Dragon of Ashby (Lily Quench, #1)
  • Field Trip Trouble
  • A different sort of real : the diary of Charlotte McKenzie, Melbourne 1918-1919
  • Nine letters long
  • The Cuckoo Clock
  • Miss Happiness and Miss Flower
  • Who Am I? The Diary Of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937
  • Dreaming Again: Thirty-five New Stories Celebrating the Wild Side of Australian Fiction
  • Spellhorn
  • Song for a Scarlet Runner
  • Grinny
  • Transported: The Diary of Elizabeth Harvey, Australia, 1790
Duncan Ball is an American-born Australian author who has written the children's series Selby (about a talking dog named Selby who tries to keep his secret away from his owners) and Emily Eyefinger (about a girl who has an eye on her finger). He also writes under the name of John St Claire. Duncan currently lives in Glebe‚ NSW with his wife‚ Jill.

More about Duncan Ball...

Other Books in the Series

Selby (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • Selby Speaks (Selby, #2)
  • Selby Screams (Selby, #3)
  • Selby Supersnoop (Selby, #4)
  • Selby Spacedog (Selby, #5)
  • Selby Snowbound (Selby, #6)
  • Selby Surfs (Selby, #7)
  • Selby Snaps! (Selby, #8)
  • Selby Splits (Selby, #9)
  • Selby's Stardom (Selby, #10)
  • Selby Sorcerer (Selby, #11)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »