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Selby's Secret (Selby #1)

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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)
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Lucy
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
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Sabrina
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.
Lucille
Jan 05, 2011 Lucille rated it really liked it
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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.
Nicola
Jan 26, 2012 Nicola rated it really liked it
I loved this book as a kid! Always wanted my very own talking dog!
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Marcus
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 :)
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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.

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