Penny and the Little Lost Puppy


Penny and the Little Lost Puppy play in Penny’s garden on the first day she moves to her new home. Penny is worried about the move, missing her new friends and conscious of being alone. Yet the little dog wants t’o play and play and play’. It makes Penny look forward to playing again the next day. However there is no sign of the little dog. Where might he be?

When Dad suggests a walk into the village, Penny takes the opportunity to ask the new neighbourhood if they recognise the little dog. Although the grocer doesn’t know the the dog, he shares a ‘fuzzy peach’ with Penny, while the ‘man in the flower [doesn’t] know the dog either, but [gives] Penny a sunflower’… There is nothing at the bakery, but an iced bun for Penny, while the park is full of dogs but none like Penny’s little dog. Where might it be? 

Emily Sutton’s Penny and the Little Lost Puppy is a thoughtful, empathetic exploration of a new home, surroundings and beginnings. It offers us a snapshot of realising a new world through someone else’s eyes and tread. The sumptuous, detailed pictures are glorious; we really are taking a tour with Penny and her Dad as they realise the opportunities of their new home. Yet the little lost dog, what might he be leading Penny toward? What an aware and caring storybook!  s

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Penny and the Little Lost Puppy

Emily Sutton


It seems that the moving house day is not happy for Penny. As she and Dad unpack, Penny thinks of the friends she will miss and how the new house feels strange. What’s more, beneath the apple tree in the new garden Penny is conscious about how alone she is.
Yet ‘a scrabbling….then a bark’ offers the arrival of a little dog! Penny and the Little Lost Puppy befriend each other quickly, for it seems the little dog just wants ‘to play… and play… and play. ‘ It means that Penny changes her mind about the day and the move and looks forward to playing with the puppy again the following day. However ‘ the next day, the little dog [is] nowhere to be found…’ The little dog was going to be Penny’s friend. Where might it be? Is it possible that Penny and Dad might find the little dog? Or could their hunt lead to further discoveries? Maybe even an iced bun? Where does the little dog belong? What is this place to which Penny and Dad have moved?
Emily Sutton creates such huge and wonderful story landscapes for us to explore. Bookwagon has long admired her illustrations such as in The Christmas Eve Tree and Jumbo: The Most Famous Elephant Who Ever Lived Thereafter, Penny and the Little Lost Puppy offers a warm and empathetic story about newness, exploring, opportunities and belonging.


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