News Hounds: The Puppy Problem

News Hounds: The Puppy Problem

By Author / Illustrator

Laura James, Charlie Alder



Age range(s)



Bloomsbury Publishing




Paperback / softback




Gizmo is a city dog, so when he moves to the village of Puddle with his journalist human he doesn't know WHAT to expect. Certainly not FLOWERS. Or BEES. And he couldn't have even imagined MUD. Luckily he's got Jilly, the wolfhound next door, to show him around. But Jilly has a problem. Her puppies are going to be given to new owners far away. She'll never see them again! Gizmo might not know the difference between a cow and a tractor but he's got a nose for a story, and a great idea to help Jilly. What if the dogs of Puddle had a newspaper?

STOP PRESS!  A charming and hilarious new illustrated young fiction series about the things dogs get up to when their humans aren't looking, from the author of The Adventures of Pug series. Perfect for fans of Toto the Ninja Cat and The Secret Life of Pets.



Gizmo was a city dog until he moved to a village called Puddle. When exploring his new home, he meets another dog called Jilly, who is in need of urgent help. It is up to Gizmo to think of a way to ensure Jilly's puppies do not leave Puddle.

This is a hilarious book about what dogs get up to when their humans aren't around. A fun read with bright charming illustrations, this book would be great as an independent read or as a whole class text. It is a perfect book for Year 3 or for any child who is an animal fan.

I really enjoyed this read, I loved the characters and I couldn't help wondering what pets get up to when we aren't looking! This looks to be a promising series. News Hounds The Puppy Problem includes themes of friendship, challenges, and new starts.

128 pages / Reviewed by Megan Webb, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 7+


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