Dog bimbles along running a laundry in a busy, noisy city. He dreams of visiting the ocean, but he convinces himself it is ‘just too far away‘.
A purchase of ‘Ocean Magic’ washing powder results in a remarkable turn of events: a crab with a can-do attitude turns up in his laundry basket. Crab puts in a request to be driven back home to the seaside, but Dog is convinced it’s impossible…until Crab points out that “it’s only impossible if you say it is”. Dog eventually steps out of his comfort zone and embarks on the road trip with his new positive pal. They have a whale of a time, experiencing incredible new places and chatting to other travellers (who admit they have worries and fears too). With his new-found optimistic outlook and the support of his friends, Dog overcomes all the ‘impossible’ boundaries (including fallen trees) on his road to the ocean…and, of course, he adores the seaside! The story ends with Dog putting down roots in his ultimate happy place: a magical café on the beach (and nothing feels impossible any more).
This is another belter of a picture book from the Corderoy/Neal partnership with deliciously quirky characterisation and gorgeous illustrations. We fell in love with Crab and his unswerving optimism (it’s worth buying this book just for the picture of him trying to ride a bike). On each reading we noticed new details (see if you can spot the frog reading the paper on the loo). A very useful tool to help convince children to take the plunge and try something challenging or new, and it should thoroughly entertain you in the process.