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Very Brave Dog

Barney The Boat Dog
Very Brave Dog

  • Barney lives on a narrowboat with his owner, Jim. He loves cruising along the canals and rivers, meeting new people and having adventures.
  • Barney The Boat Dog is a series of warm-hearted tales from classic author, Linda Newbery.

Barney doesn't like tunnels. They're too scary. He hates the echoey, smoky darkness. But when he gets separated from Jim, Barney has to be very brave and face the longest and most frightening tunnel of all - alone!


Age: 7+

Lexile Measure: 850L

Book Band: 9 - Gold

BIC: C3N79

Linda Newbery

Linda Newbery wrote her first novel during the summer holidays from her job as English teacher in a comprehensive school. Now a critically acclaimed full-time author, Linda has written over twenty novels, been shortlisted twice for the Carnegie Medal, and is the winner of a Silver Medal Nestle Children’s Book Prize and the Costa Children’s Book Award. Linda does much of her work in a writing hut in her garden but is often distracted by her own four cats ...

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Linda Newbery

Press Reviews

There's tension. There's drama and there's excitement. There's a warm heart to the story too... It's a delightful story which will appeal to boys and girls. It'll be reread and enjoyed and besides having the pleasure of a book under their belt the aspiring reader is going to realize that this reading lark is fun.
The Book Bag
First in a set of stories about Barney, a brown and white dog, who lives on a narrow boat – it’s a great beginning. The adorable dog on the cover will attract young readers and the tale inside will enchant them. At first the plot chugs along like the Whistling Jack itself, as we see the journey through Barney’s ears, eyes and nose. Then, when he gets left at a lock by Jim, his beloved owner – a mistake of course – tension mounts and the pace increases. Will Jim and Barney ever find each other? Dare Barney go through the dreaded dark tunnel all by himself? Soon Barney is dizzy with muddlement – one of several linguistic delights – but he never gives up. Nearly confident readers (with a little help) will discover the pleasures of a realistic, zap-free story well told.
Carousel magazine
You can tell from the writing and some of the unexpected and brilliant pieces of language that these books aren’t written by a run-of-the-mill author, and the stories are tightly written and interestingly plotted, building up to key moments and not taking the first and most obvious turn each time.