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Children's Fiction Dogs

Doggie in the Window /hc

by (author) Elaine Arsenault

illustrated by Fanny

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Aug 2004
Dogs, Clothing & Dress
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2004
    List Price

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Out of print

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
  • Reading age: 0


Doggie sits in the window of Monsieur Albert's pet shop watching the world pass by and wishing someone would come and take him home. Along the street comes a ravishing woman, ribbons fluttering, many-colored buttons wobbling as she runs along in her bright green shoes. It is Mademoiselle Madeleine, the seamstress from next door. Doggie decides then and there that he must persuade Mademoiselle Madeleine to adopt him and devises fantastic schemes to gain her attention. But she is looking for help with her sewing, so Doggie must prove that he can be the tailor she needs. Eventually his ingenuity with a needle wins the day.

Beautifully illustrated by Fanny, this warm and witty book is bound to appeal to readers big and small with its originality and the charm of its hero, Doggie.

About the authors

Elaine Arsenault reveals her considerable talent as a writer for children in Doggie in the Window. After a back operation, she was told to stay home to recover for many long months. She took advantage of her precious free time to write this funny, quirky story that is perfect for young children.

Elaine Arsenault's profile page

Fanny has two passions in life: drawing and sewing. After completing studies in visual arts and graphic design, she worked as a costume designer and also created marionettes for children's puppet theater. She now devotes herself to illustrating children's books.

Fanny's profile page


  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice
  • Winner, Tatoulu Prize
  • Long-listed, SYRCA Shining Willow Award

Editorial Reviews

...a delightful book with bright and colorful illustrations. Doggie in the Window offers an important lesson about holding fast to your dreams and making them come true.

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Fanny's illustrations make the shop a paradise of color; a conservatory of bright possibilities in a gray world.

Chicago Tribune

The gentle fantasy and humour of the book create an Old World feel, with shops and their owners given elegant French names, and the whole story evokes a mercantile experience far from the realms of Wal-Mart and Costco.

Quill & Quire

With a plucky hero, a plethora of costumes and a pleasing ending, this story attests to the idea that 'even a small dog can have a big dream. And make it come true.

Publishers Weekly

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