I promised you something more contemporary this time, and so here is a marvellous hound-filled volume from Emily Gravett published in 2009 and very definitely still in print. It also lets me mention our new Doggie Ex Libris designs which are now available to order (sorry, the opportunity was irrisistable).
Dogs is a celebration of all things canine, celebrating mutts of all shapes, sizes and dispositions with a simple rhyme. It was bought for my dog-mad daughter, but was also an indulgence for me as Gravett's illustrations are just divine. She uses a soft pencil line which creates sumptuous images which are still bold and striking, even strokable - on first reading baby Bloomfield stroked the great dane with an enormous grin on her face.
Gravett also has a great talent for facial expressions and all her dogs are characters even in this slim volume.
Highly recommended for dog-loving tots. Monkey & Me is also full of wonderful animals, and she also illustrated Julia Donaldson's Cave Baby which is equally sumptuous.
And if you're interested, here are our Dog Ex Libris stamps. A copy of Dogs with one of these personalised stamps would be a fabulous gift!