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The Great Poochini

Written by Gary Clement

  • 32 Pages
  • 9780888999900
  • 9" x 6.875"
  • Reading age from 4 to 7
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories


Publication Date March 01, 2010

Winner of the Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration

By day Signor Poochini is a dog, lying peacefully in his master's living-room and listening to music. But by night he is the Great Poochini, the most acclaimed singer in all opera -- dog opera, that is.

One evening, however, as Poochini attempts to leave home for the opera house, he discovers that his master has left the window locked, and he cannot get out. He is in despair until suddenly a cat burglar appears, and what might turn into a disaster becomes an opportunity.

Gary Clement's hilarious text and beautiful illustrations are packed with wonderful punning jokes on the world of the opera, making this book a delight for children and parents alike.

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Awards: Illustration 1999


Gary Clement
Gary Clement is an award-winning author and illustrator. He has won the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) for The Great Poochini and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) for Just Stay Put, and Oy, Feh, So by Cary Fagan. He has also illustrated A Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas King and Stories from Adam and Eve to Ezekiel by Celia Barker Lottridge. He is the editorial cartoonist for the National Post, and his work has appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Gary lives in Toronto where he regularly exhibits his drawings and paintings.