Title: Raymond
Athor: Yann Le Bec
Illustrator: Gwendal Le Bec
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s picture book, Humour
Book format: Paperback
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Description: What if dogs could walk and talk and go to work? Well, Raymond the dog has big ambitions beyond his ordinary, canine life in the big city. He wants to take himself for a walk and get his own dinner. And when he’s done all that? Well, he wants a job, just like his owners. But when Raymond begins a high-flying journalism career at Dogue magazine, he soon realizes it’s no walk in the park…

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  This is such a fun book! Raymond is a happy dog, with a wonderful family who love him very much, but one day Raymond decides that he’d like to be more human, and do the things that humans do. The book is around A4 in size with thick matt pages which are filled with lots of colourful illustrations with lots of things to look at.

Raymond book page image one
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I love the story of this book. As Raymond becomes more human, he finds a job as a reporter and has less and less time to spend on just being a dog. The story is quite a simple one but very funny. I won’t give away exactly what happens in the story but it’s a great ending and a great message about remembering your priorities in life. Although the message is one that’ll be understood more by adults rather than kids, children will still love the silliness of the tale and all the pictures in the book.

I just love the illustrations and keep looking at this book again and again just for the pictures. The illustrations appear on every page, some being double page spreads while others are not. What I love about the images is just how fun they are. Every picture is clear and very colourful and there are lots of extra things to spot and see. Each picture is funny too with lots of silly things happening, I especially love the pictures in the cinema and the salon where there are lots of other dogs to look at, some doing silly things which you may not notice the first time you read the book. There are also lots of funny things that adults would notice such as well known brands or publications with altered names.

Raymond book page image two
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There’s something very fun about this book and although the story is quite simple it ends on a happy note which kids will understand. The book will appeal to any kids but especially those who love dogs or animals. With so many funny illustrations and a funny story I think this book will also appeal to all ages, it’s certainly a book I keep looking back at again and again, I just can’t help love how fun and cute Raymond is!

-Review first appeared online March 2018 – now republished here.

Do you like this book?  What about dogs in general? What would you do if your dog wanted to be more human?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂