DOUG-DENNIS and the FLYAWAY FIB is a picture book that’s fun for young readers but will also invite some interesting discussion in the classroom.

Doug-Dennis the sheep and his friend Ben-Bobby the elephant are bored. And what happens when we’re bored – we sometimes do things that get us into trouble?

That’s what happens to Doug-Dennis. He and his elephant friend go to visit the circus. This wouldn’t be a problem in itself except that Doug-Dennis eats all of Ben-Bobby’s popcorn and then fibs to him and says that a monster ate it.

Doug-Dennis’ fib gets bigger and bigger and in fact he gets carried away by it – literally. He finds himself floating in the sky attached to the balloon of this fib.

There in the air everywhere he looked…were people of all shapes and sizes…still talking…still attached…to their still-growing fibs.

DOUG-DENNIS and the FLYAWAY FIB is written and illustrated by Darren Farrell and it’s a very clever book. In a very visual way it shows how one fib can lead to another. And how the truth can be stretched until it becomes A BIG FAT LIE.

DOUG-DENNIS and the FLYAWAY FIB shows kids the importance of honesty in a friendship, but it is in no way didactic. In fact when Ben-Bobby confesses to stealing the popcorn and lying about it, Doug-Dennis responds with:

That’s okay. While you were gone I ate your chocolate

DOUG-DENNIS and the FLYAWAY FIB is like a combination of a PB and a graphic novel. While there’s an underlying narrative, there are lots of speech bubbles and quirky asides for kids to enjoy.

Kids will enjoy poring over this book themselves, but it’s also a fun one to read as a whole family.


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Dee White

Dee White lives with her husband and two sons in a small rural country town which has more kangaroos than people. She has worked as an advertising copywriter and journalist and has had numerous career changes because until recently, writing wasn’t considered to be a proper job. Letters to Leonardo, her first novel with Walker Books Australia, was published in 2009 to great critical acclaim.