When Uncle Ben’s Dublin business fails, Gloria and Raymond realise something is wrong. So when the children overhear their granny saying the Black Dog has settled on Ben’s back, and he won’t be OK until it’s gone, they decide they’re going to get rid of it , and they set out on a midnight quest to hunt it down and chase it away.
But loads of other children are searching for it too, because the Black Dog is hounding lots of Dublin’s adults. Together the children manage to corner the Black Dog...but will they have the courage and cleverness to destroy the frightening creature?
©2015 Roddy Doyle (P)2015 Oakhill Publishing
"The children of Dublin battle a terrible malaise through the use of a special word, and a good dose of magic realism." (The Bookseller)
"In a word? Brilliant! Of course." (NetGalley)
"Quite simply, the greatest children's book I have ever read." (Dubray Books)
"A profound story about the effect of despair on society is touched with magic and humour by best-selling Roddy Doyle." (Julia Eccleshare, LOVEREADING4KIDS.CO.UK)
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"A heart-warming tale told with the author's trademark humour." (The Guardian)
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