Ugliest Dog in the World turns 20


by - November 8th, 2012


For more than 20 years Bruce Whatley has been bringing to life some of the cutest, craziest, sweetest and ugliest characters in children’s books.

His credits include Little White Dogs Can’t Jumpand Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chasewritten with his wife Rosie Smith who continues to be a large part of his work, The Little Refugee, Zoobots, Monster, Diary of a Wombat and he has worked with authors such as Jackie Fench, Anh Do, Andrew Daddo and Libby Hathorn.

The Ugliest Dog in the World is a timeless example of Bruce’s talent as a storyteller and illustrator.

Everyone thinks the Ugliest Dog in the World is ‘ugly’, but in different ways. Mum thinks she’s ugly in a cute sort of way, the lady next door thinks she’s pretty, but you haven’t seen the lady next door. My best friend even screams when she sees her…But I think she’s beautiful, in a sloppy kind of way!

Buy the book here…

BRUCE WHATLEY has been writing and illustrating award winning children’s books for over twenty years. He has previously worked as an art director in advertising and has illustrated over 60 children’s books. 

In 2008 Bruce completed his PhD, Left Hand Right Hand: implications of ambidextrous image making looking at the ability to draw with the ‘other hand’. He has since produced 3 books illustrated with his left hand including Flood and more recently A Boy Like Me.


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