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Children's Fiction Dogs

The Great Poochini

illustrated by Gary Clement

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Mar 2010
Dogs, Humorous Stories, Music
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2010
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 4 to 7


Winner of the Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration

By day Signor Poochini is a dog, lying peacefully in his master's living-room and listening to music. But by night he is the Great Poochini, the most acclaimed singer in all opera -- dog opera, that is.

One evening, however, as Poochini attempts to leave home for the opera house, he discovers that his master has left the window locked, and he cannot get out. He is in despair until suddenly a cat burglar appears, and what might turn into a disaster becomes an opportunity.

Gary Clement's hilarious text and beautiful illustrations are packed with wonderful punning jokes on the world of the opera, making this book a delight for children and parents alike.

About the author

Gary Clement is an author and illustrator of children’s books who won the Governor General’s Award for The Great Poochini and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Just Stay Put. He has also illustrated A Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas King and Stories from Adam and Eve to Ezekiel by Celia Barker Lottridge. He is the editorial cartoonist for the National Post, and his work has appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He lives in Toronto where he regularly exhibits his drawings and paintings.

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  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Awards: Illustration

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