When Billy Was a Dog

Author(s): Kirsty Murray

Hardback Picture Books

If you can't have a puppy, maybe the next best thing is to be a puppy.
'Can I please, please, please have a dog?' asked Billy.'Would you walk it every day and wash it if it got dirty?''I would, I promise!' said Billy.Billy wants a dog. He really really really wants one.Billy's parents aren't so sure. So one morning, Billy takes matters into his own paws.A gloriously funny, warm and true story from the creators of Puddle Hunters.

Tiffany's Review:


Billy loves dogs.  He really really loves dogs.  He's trying desperately to persuade his parents that he is old enough and responsible enough to own a dog.  His parents aren't convinced.  So Billy spends a day with his neighbour's dog Fluff pretending to be a dog.  He barks, plays fetch, eats from a bowl on the floor, and curls up for a nap with the exhausted Fluff.

This is a very familiar story for any parents who have been nagged incessantly by their kids to get a pet.  The illustrations are gorgeous.  Billy and his long-suffering parents are full of life, as is the beautiful Fluff.  Spoiler alert - Billy gets his happily-ever-after.  This is a lovely story to share with your favourite little dog-lover.

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Kirsty Murray is a multi-award-winning author of more than 20 books for children and young adults. Her works include eleven novels as well as non-fiction, junior fiction, historical fiction, speculative fiction and picture books. Kirsty is an ambassador and advocate for many reading and writing initiatives and has been a writer-in-residence in schools and universities around the world. She loves books, libraries, bookshops, readers, writers, puddles, puppies, and stories - especially stories about kids.


Karen Blair is an award-winning illustrator of twelve picture books. She has collaborated with some of Australia's leading children's authors. Karen is also a primary art teacher and her characters are often inspired by her students and her own two children. She loves to help tell stories that explore the joy of discovery and play in the outdoors and the special relationships in children's lives.

General Fields

  • : 9781760631826
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : March 2019
  • : ---length:- '25'width:- '28'units:- Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hardback
  • : 1906
  • : Karen Blair
  • : English
  • : 823.4
  • : very good
  • : 32
  • : Kirsty Murray