News Hounds: The Puppy Problem

Laura James, Charlie Alder

News Hounds: The Puppy Problem
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News Hounds: The Puppy Problem

Laura James, Charlie Alder

Gizmo is a city dog, so when he moves to the village of Puddle with his journalist human he doesn’t know WHAT to expect. Certainly not FLOWERS. Or BEES. And he couldn’t have even imagined MUD.

Luckily he’s got Jilly, the wolfhound next door, to show him around. But Jilly has a problem. Her puppies are going to be given to new owners far away. She’ll never see them again!

Gizmo might not know the difference between a cow and a tractor but he’s got a nose for a story, and a great idea to help Jilly. What if the dogs of Puddle had a newspaper? STOP PRESS!

A charming and hilarious new illustrated young fiction series about the things dogs get up to when their humans aren’t looking, from the author of The Adventures of Pug series. Perfect for fans of Toto the Ninja Cat and The Secret Life of Pets.


News Hounds: The Puppy Problem is a gorgeous chapter book and heralds the beginning of a charming new series. Its hilarious doggy shenanigans, coupled with colourful, cheeky illustrations are guaranteed to engage all young readers and especially those who’ve been captivated by Laura James’s other adorable series, The Adventures of Pug.

When Gizmo, the city dachshund, moves to a small village with his human he’s uncertain about the future. Luckily, Jilly the enormous wolfhound from next door allays his fears. In return Gizmo finds an ingenious solution to Jilly’s challenging problem.

Full of personality and charm, the dogs take centre stage in this playful tale that beautifully explores the importance of friendship in resolving anxiety and finding creative solutions in challenging situations. This fun read-aloud story is highly recommended for independent readers ages 7+.

Athina Clarke is the children’s book buyer at Readings Malvern.

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