Monday, 31 January 2011

KPE Episode 341: A Dog So Small

"A Dog So Small" by Philippa Pearce is reviewed by Matthew R and Joshua.
This book is set in London and talks about the power of the imagination. Take a look at how it starts...
The story opens with Ben Blewitt waking early on the morning of his birthday, anticipating that he will have a dog of his own. His grandfather had promised him one for his birthday and even though Ben knows the impossibility of having a dog in London, he still expects to receive news of the dog, if not the animal itself, on his birthday. Instead he receives a picture done in wool, of a Chihuahua called Chiquitito (the Spanish word for very, very small) which had been given to Ben's Granny by her son Willy as a souvenir of his third (and last voyage) as a sailor.

Ben is bitterly disappointed and swears never to visit his grandparents again, but he goes to stay with them in their home in the country shortly afterwards.

Listen to the podcast to find out more....


  1. My name is Brent LaForce and I am in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. This is a great book review. I enjoyed listening to the podcast and how the ending was not given away. And I was so interested I now want to read the book and find out what happens to Ben. Anytime you would like to read my blog visit and thanks again.

  2. Hello, my name is Tracy Hunt and I am a student in Dr. Strange's EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed watching your podcast on "A Dog So Small," it was interesting and fun to listen to and watch. I now want to read the book to find out what happens at the end! My blog is and you are more than welcome to visit it and leave comments.

  3. Thank you both Mr LaForce and Miss Hunt for commenting on my podcast.I will come and comment on both your blogs.Thanks for commenting.

  4. Wairakei Primary School, Room 21 March 2011 at 2:58 pm

    We want to know what happened to the dog too! Some of us will try locate that book in our school library. Thank you Joshua and Matthew.

  5. I loved that story Matthew and Joshua you made me what to read that book . I will try and find it in our library . That you

  6. Hi Joshua and mattew '

    I liked your podcast i likesd the way you ask mattew some good question.