From award-winning Australian author Libby Hathorn and acclaimed illustrator Phil Lesnie, an exquisitely illustrated and deeply moving story of the Somme.
A moving story, told completely in dialogue, about a young Australian soldier in the battle of the Somme. Walking through the fields away from the front, he finds what he thinks is a stray dog, and decides to adopt it as a mascot for his company. Then he meets Jacques, the homeless orphan boy who owns the dog. The soldier realises that Jacques needs the dog more – and perhaps needs his help as well.
With stunning illustrations from Phil Lesnie, this is a deeply moving celebration of friendship in times of war. A Soldier, A Dog And A Boy was inspired by Libby Hathorn’s months of research on her uncle, who survived Gallipoli but went on to fight at the Battle of the Somme and was killed there in 1917 at just twenty years old.
Libby Hathorn is an award winning poet and author of more than fifty books for children and young people, as well as books for adults. Translated into several languages and adapted for stage and screen, her work has won honours in Australia, United States, Great Britain and Holland.
She was a National Ambassador for the National Year of Reading in Australia in 2012, and is an Australia Day Ambassador each year, visiting country towns to discuss literature, especially poetry, and give workshops to interested writers.
Phil Lesnie was born in 1985, the same year The Goonies was released. Shortly after the release of The Goonies, he began working in bookshops, and is still working in one now. In Year 6, he learned that some people make a living by drawing X-Men, and he has pursued this sort of living in some form ever since. He currently lives in Sydney with his lovely great big horrible black cat. He is the illustrator of Once A Shepherd (written by Glenda Millard), which was named Notable Book by the CBCA, shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year and listed on the United States Board on Books for Young Outstanding International Books list.