Striking illustrations and use of colour bring this simple narrative tale to life and a smile to your face. --The Book ActivistNourishing and hilarious twenty minutes. --School Reading List
What came first - dogs that look like their owners or owners that look like their dogs?
I wanted a dog... This one was perfect! Nobody wanted him because he looked scruffy.... but I’m a scruffy guy so that suited me just fine. After picking out the scruffiest dog at the pound, the narrator is surprised to find that Scruff isn’t what he initally seemed. He doesn’t want to catch sticks... or roll in the mud or swim in the pond. What could be the problem? It turns out that Scruff just loves being pampered! So the narrator goes along with it. They wash, brush, trim and polish together, until they are anything but scruffy! In their newly groomed state they go to the dog show... but have they done enough to win...? A funny story that is sure to charm dog-mad little ones and their parents.
SJL / FUSE 8 BLOG REVIEW: I don’t know why I felt so drawn to this silly little story, but I did. There’s just something charming about it. Wouldn’t you agree?
SCHOOL READING LIST REVIEW: Nourishing and hilarious twenty minutes.
THE AOI REVIEW: Alice Bowsher’s bold, free line work is pleasingly spontaneous looking, and her simple characters have life and verve (especially the dogs). A fun book, well paced and great for reading aloud.
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEWS: "Scruff" by storyteller and artist Alice Bowsher is a charmingly funny and unique picture book story for children ages 3-7 that is sure to charm dog-mad little ones and their parents -- making it highly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections.
THE BOOK ACTIVIST REVIEW: Striking illustrations and use of colour bring this simple narrative tale to life and a smile to your face.
YS BOOK REVIEW: Digital and cartoonish illustrations tell the story of a scruffy guy who adopts a scruffy dog and names him Scruff.
The look is arty, with a mix of sophisticated colors (a pale aqua, bright red, and beige) and a heavy, Sharpie-like scribble for Scruff’s fur and the bushy beard and hair of his master. Endpapers cleverly shift from a dark, tangled mess in the front to a neatly groomed overlap at the back.
FATHER READING & T: Dog lovers will rejoice, as here is a quirky, funny book with heart, capturing the pet/owner relationship in a totally original way. The story of transformation is short and sweet, with the real high being the illustrations. The art is dynamic and original, giving real style to the story. T enjoyed it and told me, “I really liked Scruff the dog.” We reckon you will too!
COLOURS MAY VARY REVIEW: Not all dogs are the same - some like to roll, some love to swim, others like... to keep themselves clean. This charming and funny kid's book follows Scruff as he is picked up from the pound by his new equally dishevelled owner and, together, they find out that life is better with a bit of pampering. Beautifully told and illustrated by top shop favourite Alice Bowsher.