Specsavers Children's Book of the Year (Junior)

Winner 2023

The President's Dog

The President’s Dog

By Peter Donnelly

The President is taking his dog for a walk in the mountains. It’s the first time his pet has been on a hike and they’re both very excited. But when a storm hits, the President sends the pup for help while he takes shelter on the mountainside. The President’s dog jumps fences, scales boulders and crosses wild rivers until he meets the Mountain Rescue team. Will the President’s dog have enough courage to get the President safely home to the Áras? 

About Peter Donnelly...

Peter Donnelly is an award-winning Irish author and illustrator based in Wicklow. His bestselling books, The President’s Glasses, The President’s Cat and The President’s Surprise are much-loved favourites with children all over Ireland. The President’s Cat won the An Post Junior Children’s Book of the Year Award. He is also the author and illustrator of The Dead Zoo and  Up on the Mountain. 

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