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Sally's Big Day

by (author) Andrew Larsen

illustrated by Dawn Lo

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Feb 2023
Dogs, School & Education, New Experience
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Feb 2023
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
  • Reading age: 3 to 5


Key Selling Points

  • The book shows how sometimes learning is not easy and that’s okay. The teacher demonstrates warmth and encouragement for the new learners.
  • Puppies are cute and relatable, sharing many similarities with children, such as curiosity, energy and playfulness.
  • Puppy school is in many ways like preschool. Readers will relate to the experiences of starting a new school, trying to train a puppy, or both!
  • Andrew Larsen has two children and a puppy named Sally. He was inspired by his experiences with puppy school and wrote most of this book while out walking Sally.
  • The adorable illustrations include a rabbit hidden in most spreads for a search and find activity.

About the authors


Andrew Larsen est père au foyer et auteur. Quand il était enfant, il passait toujours une partie de son été au chalet de ses grands-parents, situé sur une colline, près d'un lac. Andrew habite à Toronto. Il a publié sept albums jeunesse.


Andrew Larsen is a father, homemaker and author. When he was a child, he would spend a part of every summer with his grandparents at their cottage on a hill, by a lake. Andrew now lives in a downtown Toronto neighbourhood. He has published seven picture books.


Andrew Larsen's profile page

Born in Hong Kong, Dawn Lo is an illustrator currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the unceded lands of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Her work has appeared in the picture books Snow Song and The Rainbow Garden Is My Friend, as well as in stationery, greeting cards, public art installations, murals and more! Dawn aims to create works that are high-spirited and whimsical while retaining a certain degree of simplicity and humor. Most of her work is inspired by little everyday moments and personal multicultural experiences. When she is not drawing at her home studio, she works at the public library where she can surround herself with more books.

Dawn Lo's profile page


  • Commended, Toronto Public Library (TPL) Ready for Reading First and Best List

Editorial Reviews

“A cheery and exuberant book to be shared in joyful read-alouds with toddlers and adults.”

School Library Journal

“Provides an opportunity for either a parent or a teacher to discuss the difficulties of beginning a new school year...Children will enjoy comparing their school day to Sally’s. Colorful illustrations add to the fun of this developmentally appropriate story.”

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“A winsome first-day-of-school offering for the new student and year.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Clearly understands the drama of sitting and listening when you are a young child. A puppy in obedience training is the perfect corollary to the experience of “failing” and, ultimately, trying again until you succeed…Quirky and saturated illustrations are a perfect accompaniment for our wiggly and disobedient heroine.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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