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Dill the dog knows his time is up so he packs his case and tells Lily, his owner, that he’s off "up there." "Can I come too?" asks Lily. "Er . . . not yet," replies Dill. While he is waiting for the angels to collect him, Dill explains to Lily what he thinks heaven is like—hundreds of lampposts to pee against, lots of whiffy things to smell, and bones everywhere—with meat ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Red Fox (first published January 1st 1996)
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Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Heaven is another great book for death and bereavement, Allan tells the story of a little girl Lily who looses her dog Dill to the angels. One day, Dill packs a suitcase and tells Lily he has to go. Lily, understood that her dog would be leaving her and that the place he’d be going was not close by. The fact that both Lily and Dill discuss their ideas of what heaven would be like allows children to explore their idea of heaven too.

As Lily, says goodbye to her dog-the absence of text allows the a
Sarah Brock
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a book about a little girl called Lily, whose dog Dill passes away. Throughout the book Lily goes through many emotions such as; asking questions about why Dill needs to go to heaven and what he thinking heaven will be like. Throughout this story Lily shows many emotions towards Dill, from her being angry he was leaving her, she was happy when remembering their memories and she was sad that he had gone to heaven. The story ends with Lily being able to move on when she finds a stray dog a ...more
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As the title suggests, this book tells the story of Dill the dog and his owner Lily discussing heaven.
Lily imagines heaven to be a free-for-all full of sweet things. Whereas Dill imagines it to be full of lamposts, bones and “whiffy things to smell on the ground”. Eventually leading up to Dill being collected by angels.

Lily's sense of lost is lessened by her encounter with a stray dog, where she subsequently treats him to a dog's version of heaven on earth.

Allan has successfully managed to disc
Nahida Akther
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Heaven by Nicholas Allan is a very interesting book which was read to my class in a science lesson.
The author has written and simple book with powerful words and meanings.
As a reader, I felt very touched by reading this book, the meaning to the story can be used as a great discussion points in classrooms within RE lessons or circle time and even as a reading task/activity.
I recommend this book in classroom. This can may a lovely group discussion as it can raise questions as to beliefs within oth
Jennifer Michael
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I discovered this book last week during my Science lesson. This books about a little girl who finds her dog called dill packing to go to heaven. This is a brillant book which deals with the concept of breavement. Nicholas uses language that children will understand and understand the concept pf dill go away as they can relate to this. This story goes through many emoitions in which children may go through. The pictures in this book sre also grest snd can hlp cross curriculum links. This will be ...more
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Heaven by Nichollas AlIan is an extremely engaging book. I came across this particular book in one of my Science lessons. It was introduced to me and my colleagues recently by our Lecturer. l found the book profoundly interesting and as a result l searched high and low for a copy. The main focus of the book is to introduce children to the whole concept of death in a very light-hearted way.
From my own observations, I generally feel that when adults read to children the obvious choice of books is
Sep 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have never come across this story before until it was read to me during a science lesson a few days ago!, i really enjoyed this book as it confronts a very sensitive subject about 'death'. This is a very moving story about a little girl (Lily) and her dog (dill). Dill starts packing his suitcase ready for heaven, lily asks where he is going, from then onwards lily asks dill many curious questions about heaven. While dill is waiting for the angles to collect him they both start discussing what ...more
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This story was read in class earlier this week, it was a lovely story that deals with life after death in a subtle way. The story is about Dill (a Dog), who has been called by then angels who are escorting him to heaven. Lily (a young girl) is curious and wants to go to. Dill tells her that its not her time and she becomes curious and is asking lots of questions- the kind of questions little children would ask a grown. He describes heaven as a place with lots of lampposts, a lot of bones with me ...more
Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A little girl Lily finds her dog, Dill, packing. When she asks him where he is going he replies that he is going to heaven and when she asks can she come with him he tells her no she cannot. Lily thinks that heaven is a place full of chocolate, ice-cream and sweets; whereas Dill thinks it is full of bones, lampposts and things to sniff.
Although this book clearly addresses a sensitive and poignant topic of death, it does so in a humorous and light-hearted way. This is beneficial as through this
Tina Roberts
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Heaven, by Nicholas Allan, is a touching story and a useful resource for approaching a sensitive subject.

Lily wakes up one morning to find Dill the dog has packed his suitcase and is ready to leave. “Where are you going?” asks Lily. “Up there” replies Dill.

What follows is a heartfelt goodbye between two friends who don’t fully understand what is happening or why it’s happening.

Nicholas Allan wrote and illustrated the book and his drawings are key in conveying the emotions of the characters. Dill
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Heaven touches upon a very sensitive issue of dying which can be quite a difficult subject especially when addressing very young children. This book talks about death but does so in a light-heartened way. Allan tells the story of a girl called Lily who has a pet dog called Dill. Dill knows that it is his time to go so he decides to collect his possessions in order to be prepared. Lily realises what Dill is doing and decides to question him on where he is going, why and asks if she can go to. Dil ...more
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Heaven, a book which some may not agree should be read by children.

The moral of the story is to explain to children that there comes a time in life where everyone must die. Whether or not heaven or hell exists. Birth and death are the only things certain in life.

The story talks of a girl named lily whose dog is waiting to move over to heaven. It is a distraught time for lily none the less their is communication between herself and the dog about where he will go and what will occur in this new
Amy Hoang
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Allan tells the story of a little girl called Lily and her pet dog, Dill. They each have their own ideas about Heaven, and soon Dill will have to say goodbye forever. This is a very moving book, which approaches the subject of death and bereavement. It’s a story which reminds us that it is alright to feel sad. It teaches the reader how to deal with death, that good things can still happen and life will carry on. I think this book although aimed at lower primary school age, Key Stage 1 and 2, can ...more
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Heaven is a really fantastic book for young children, because it teaches them about the different interpretations of after life that exist. It shows the perspective of Dill the Dog who is soon to go to heaven and he thinks that heaven will be full of 'lampposts, whiffy things to smell and bones.' This teaches children about religion and how different cultures may have different views just like how Dill the dog. This book would be a useful book if trying to comfort a child after the loss of a lov ...more
Christopher Scott
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book recounts the story of a little girl called lily and her dog dil. They both have different views on what heaven consists of and the story explores the concepts of life after death and the transitions between.
In this story Lily's dog dies and this book describes the processes of death in a child friendly manner aimed at ks1. This book would be extremely useful in explaining death to young children in way that most children could relate to.
Allan also makes effective use of creative but
Chrissie Willicombe
Dec 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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Wonderfully illustrated, this is the story of a dog who dies. Dealing with the death of pets in such a sensitive and funny way, deserves to be on any pet-loving child's bookshelf.
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Nicholas Allan is the author/illustrator of over thirty children’s books.

When he was 12 he made a model of a galleon out of a walnut shell which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London.

He wrote his first novel when he was 14, a story about a murder in a school. He sent it to Macmillan who, although they did not accept it, asked to see his next. Nicholas studied painting at the Slade School of
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