Author: Bill Freedman
Illustrator: Christopher Bennett
Dimension: 6 x 9″
Number of Pages: 75
Synopsis: The book consists of three interconnected stories. They stand for the importance of self-acceptance, quest for knowledge, love and determination. Through the critical comic illustrations, The Ugliest Animal in the World reflects how the beauty industry uses media-propaganda to influence and reshape children’s perception and behaviour. A second story, Newton Fangle of New Sense, satirizes the contemporary fascinations with technology and newness, innovation and time-saving efficiency at the expense of the simpler, more aesthetic and leisurely pleasures of life. The title story, The Boy Who Wanted to Marry His Dog, outlines in a comic way the passion of love and brave determination one can use to realize his or her dream and future endeavours. In short, these stories provide young readers with valuable notions and inspirations for self-respect; pursuit of knowledge, innovation, love, and brave decision-making. They are suitable for children ages 6-10.