15 Things Not to Do with a Puppy

Margaret McAllister (Author) Holly Sterling (Illustrator)
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Hooray! You have a new puppy! You're going to be best friends... as long as you DON'T do the following things; DON'T teach your puppy how to play the trombone or take her to school. DON'T let your puppy drive the car or juggle with the washing up. DON'T walk your puppy at a football match or wake her when she's sleeping. DO play with your puppy, be patient with her, walk her and give her lots of cuddles and love. In no time at all you'll be best friends! This hilarious, heart-warming picture book is perfect for anyone who has (or wants) a new puppy. The brilliant follow-up to 15 Things Not to Do with your Granny and 15 Things Not to Do with a Baby, this book features the same family and this time we see them learn how to look after their new puppy!

Product Details

Frances Lincoln Ltd
Publish Date
February 01, 2018
9.5 X 0.3 X 9.5 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Holly Sterling was born in Dublin and grew up in southern England. She studied Illustration and Design at the University of Sunderland, and is currently studying for an MFA in Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. She was Highly Commended for the Macmillan Illustration Prize in 2013, and winner of the Seven Stories/Frances Lincoln Illustration Competition in 2012. Holly also competes for her country in karate; she is a double National Champion and Gold and Bronze medallist from the WSKA World Championships. She lives near Sunderland. '15 Things Not to do with a Baby' was her first published picture book. Her second book, 'Hiccups!', will be published by Frances Lincoln in 2016.

Margaret McAllister is an award-winning author who comes from the north-east of England. Before writing full-time she taught drama and dance, cleaned churches and worked in a retreat house. She is married to a minister and has three grown-up children. This is her first book for Frances Lincoln.


"The children and puppy are all adorable and full of joy, and the watercolor, pencil, and print illustrations capture a sense of child- and puppylike energy and glee....charming and delightful."

- Kirkus Reviews
"Readers are advised against hang gliding with a puppy, or letting her drive a car or wash dishes....To counter the above, essential nurturing practices--cuddles and plenty of food, water, and exercise--are featured on the final pages. Breezy illustrations in a loose, sketchy style show the puppy and her two companions--a brown-skinned boy and girl--having a blast while partaking in the illicit activities....designed to amuse." - Booklist
"The repetition and goofy situations will make for an engaging, giggly readaloud, with a list of don'ts that blends the practical (don't walk your puppy through a football match) with the absurd (don't teach your puppy to play the tuba)." (Recommended Review) - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
'A lovely little book this, perfect for poochy pals everywhere' - Read it Daddy
'Love this illustrator' - Waterstones Durham
'Holly Sterling's delightful illustrations are full of fun and humour, perfect for cuddling up with and sharing.' - Parents in Touch