Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 22, 2019

Book Giveaway – ODD DOG OUT

Rob Biddulph has a new picture book titled, ODD DOG OUT, published by HarperCollins Childrens Books. Rob has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Rob!

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. Thanks!


A heartwarming and poignant story from award-winning creator Rob Biddulph about the power of embracing your true colors. Perfect for fans of Peter Brown’s Tiger Goes Wild.

It’s a dog’s life in the big, busy city, but there’s one lonely pup who doesn’t quite fit in. She behaves differently from the rest, sports rainbow in a sea of gray, and marches to the beat of her own drum.

She’s one Odd Dog.

Join Odd Dog as she journeys to the other side of the world to find her place in it, only for her to discover that maybe she’s meant to be right where she started.

For busy dogs a busy day
Of busy work and busy play…

It’s a dog’s life in the big city but there’s someone who doesn’t quite fit in. It’s lonely being the odd dog out, so she packs her case and travels around the world to try to find her place in it. Maybe it’ll take a different kind of journey for her to discover that the place she’s meant to be is right back where she started. A funny, heart-warming and poignant story about the power of being yourself and blazing your own trail. Winner of the BSC Festival of Literature Picture Book Award 2017 and the UKLA Student Shadowers’ Vote Book Award 2018. Shortlisted for Oscar’s Book Prize, the Independent Booksellers Book Award, the UKLA Book Award, the Sheffield Children’s Book Prize, the North Somerset Teacher’s Book Award, BASH and the ABCD Cover of the Year. In June 2017 it was featured as a Bedtime Story on CBeebies and was read by Tom Hardy.


It all started when my youngest daughter came home from school upset one day. I asked her what was wrong and she said that her friends May, Esmé and Annie all had exactly the same lunchboxes but hers was different. I spent a while telling her how she didn’t need to follow the crowd to fit in with everybody else and that, actually, it was much better to do your own thing and be yourself. It struck me right there and then that this would be a great message to get across in a picture book.


Ok, now let’s go back in time to when I was studying at art college. A friend of mine had a pet dachshund and we were all obsessed with him. His name was Macintosh and he was super-cute. We all used to draw cartoons of him all the time. Our obsession grew to the point when we would often sit around the studio or in the pub and play a rhyming words game based on sausage dogs.

This is how it went (prepare yourself, it’s a bit weird…). Someone would start singing, to the tune of The Windmills of Your Mind by Noel Harrison, “Like a dachshund in a tutu turning cartwheels on the floor” or somesuch nonsense. The person next to them would then have to continue the song, always starting with the line “Like a dachshund…” and make it rhyme with the previous line. You weren’t allowed to break the rhythm otherwise there would be a penalty, so it was very much a question of thinking fast. Strange, huh? But it was actually fab for two reasons: firstly it was a great help for me when it came to writing in rhyme later in life, and secondly I carried around this image in my head of dachshunds dressed in all sorts of random outfits doing crazy things for years. That image looked something like this…


So, once I’d decided, after the packed lunch box incident with Poppy, to write a book about being yourself, I remembered my sausage dog obsession and decided to combine the two ideas and set my story in a world entirely populated by dachshunds. And that’s when Odd Dog Out was born! Since then it’s gone on to be a bestseller in the UK and it has won two industry awards and been nominated for six or seven others. It was also read out on the BBC by actor Tom Hardy which garnered a lot of press coverage and was hugely exciting.
Another thing to note re the illustration style, I loved anything and everything by Richard Scarry particularly a book called What Do People Do All Day?. His work has directly influenced me many times, particularly when I was illustrating Odd Dog Out. I tried really hard to cram as much detail into my artwork as he did in his. I love the idea that readers might spot something on the ninth or tenth read that they hadn’t noticed before. It’s all about the richness.



Rob is a bestselling and multi award-winning author/illustrator. He is also the official World Book Day Illustrator for 2019 and 2020.

His first picture book, Blown Away, was published in 2014 and was only the second illustrated book in history to win the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. It was read as a CBeebies Bedtime Story by Mark Bonnar in 2017. His second book, GRRRRR!, was nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal and was read as a CBeebies Bedtime Story by Chris Kamara in 2019. His third, Odd Dog Out, was nominated for a total of eight literary prizes, winning the BSC Festival of Literature Picture Book Award and the UKLA Student Shadower’s Vote Book Award. It was read as a CBeebies Bedtime Story by Tom Hardy in 2017. His fourth, Sunk!, was nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for The People’s Book Award and Oscar’s Book Prize. His fifth, Kevin, was nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the BSC Festival of Literature Picture Book Award and the IBW Book Award. His sixth (Happy Hatchday), seventh (Give Peas a Chance) and eighth (Wide Awake) books are the first three in the Dinosaur Juniors series. Happy Hatchday was awarded a GOLD Junior Design Award in 2018 and Give Peas a Chance was nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal in 2019. His ninth picture book, Show and Tell, was published by HarperCollins in August 2019.

As well as working on his own books he also illustrates for other authors including Jeff Brown (the Flat Stanley series), Piers Torday, Garth Jennings, Jess Butterworth, SE Durrant and Christian O’Connell. Before he became a full-time author/illustrator he was the art director of the Observer Magazine, NME, Uncut, SKY and Just Seventeen. He lives in London with his wife and three daughters and hasn’t given up hope that, maybe, one of them will go to an Arsenal match with him one day.

Rob, thank you for sharing ODD DOG OUT and your journey with us. I love the illustrations and how creative you were with the book. Good luck with it. I am sure it is going to be a big success.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Love love love! I have always been attracted to ‘the odd dog out’…..this book is definitely going to be a favorite of mine and many others.


  2. I can’t wait to read this book -I love the cover and illustrations; and the message is timeless. Thanks for sharing your journey. It was fun to read. Congrats!!


  3. That pup is adorable! I loved hearing how the strands of your story came together. Thanks for sharing! (Kathy, I subscribe to this blog.)


  4. Doggone-it, what a fun book! Thank you for sharing. I am a blog subscriber and love all the inspiration here.


  5. This book looks fantastic! I’ve always had a spot in my heart for dog books. Can’t wait to read this one. (I’m also a blog subscriber)


  6. Shared on twitter


  7. Well, who wouldn’t love that odd dog? What a cute book. It’s always fun to find out what spurred the idea for a book. Thanks for the post.


  8. Love books that celebrate individuality. I am sharing on Twitter, FB and reblogging this winner. Thanks.


  9. Reblogged this on Darlene Beck-Jacobson and commented:
    here’s a chance to win a fun new PB that celebrates individuality.


  10. I love his cartoon style and vibrant colors. Good message too.


  11. What a great story about the book. This is the book I need now for my oldest, who said to me today he needed a key chain on his backpack because others kids have it. Shared on Twitter and I receive your blog through email.


  12. This book looks hilarious…and who doesn’t love unique dogs?! The illustrations are so appealing and vibrant, too.


  13. Love the message & graphic. Looks adorable!!!


  14. This looks like a fun book. I love the illustration of this pup. The message is universal. What child hasn’t felt different from others?

    I enjoy your blog daily, Kathy.


  15. Love, love, love this! Who doesn’t like a wiener dog? The illustrations are fun and bright.


  16. Love this story!


  17. This book is such a cute read! I love the clever illustrations and the message. I recently reviewed this book on my blog. Great story! (Kathy, if you pull my name on this one, please choose someone new to get to read it. I have a copy, which my grands love!).


  18. What a fun origin story! I can’t wait to read it. =)


  19. We used to have a dachshund, so you know I’m drawn to this book. Thanks for telling us about it.


  20. Dachshunds do bring out the silly in people. 🙂 I love that this started with the message. The submarine pic is awesome. Congratulations!


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