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Black Dog by Levi Pinfold, Children's Book - Alder & Alouette

Black Dog

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When a huge black dog appears outside the Hope family home, each member of the household sees it and hides. Only Small, the youngest Hope family member, has the courage to face the giant black dog, who might not be as frightening as everyone else thinks. 


  • Black Dog
  • Written and illustrated by Levi Pinfold.
  • Published by Templar Books, September 25, 2012.
  • Ages 4 to 8 years
  •  0.4" H x 11.3" L x 8.8" W (1.0 lbs) 32 pages
  • Hardcover



Pinfold's story has a timeless quality despite its entirely original flair, with sumptuous paintings and thumbnail embellishments adding narrative and descriptive content... A great pick for storytime, bedtime, anytime.
--Kirkus Reviews 

An ode to scale, to the portholes and bay windows of Victorian architecture, the poetry of family chatter, and steampunk elegance of antique hot-water heaters, all are here for young eyes to luxuriate in and imagine that they are courageous Small with their family's love shining down like rainbows. Fear, fun, and just dripping with beauty, this title will pair perfectly with Neil Gaiman's The Wolves in the Walls.
--School Library Journal  

Although a charming story on its own, the rich illustrations add more detail and make the story come alive. Readers will enjoy the message that you don't have to be big to be courageous.
--Library Media Connection

With a clever story and lovely, expressive illustrations, Levi Pinfold explores the idea that fear can often lead us to think and do foolish things.
--Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review