Gus Dog Goes to Work

by Rachel Flynn

Illustrated by Craig Smith

On Sale: 30/01/2017


About the Book


Every day Gus Dog goes to work in the back of the ute with his owner, Tom the shearer. But one morning Gus wakes up to find Tom and the ute gone. So Gus Dog decides to go to work on his own.

Along the way he stops to listen to everything, to smell everything, and to look at everything. He has some fun, gets up to some mischief, ruffles a few feathers, and learns a new word. Eventually he finds the ute - but, as in all good stories, that is not the end!

Gus Dog Goes to Work is the warm and comical story of a not-so-usual day in the life of a sheep dog, by the top author-illustrator team of the bestselling series I Hate Fridays.


'The repetition of some phrases throughout lends a sense of the 'readaloudability' of classics such as Hairy Maclary, but with an Australian tone.' - Books+Publishing

'Gus Dog has a comical appearance, to match the humour in the text, and a soft expression in his eyes that makes him very endearing. This simple story reflects on the power of language, while observing country life, pets, working dogs and animal behaviour.' - Buzz Words

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781921504884
  • ISBN 10: 1921504889
  • Imprint: Working Title Press - AU
  • On Sale: 30/01/2017
  • Pages: 32
  • List Price: 24.99 AUD
  • Age: From 3 years
  • BISAC1: JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs


Rachel Flynn taught in primary schools in Melbourne before having two children. Since then she has written many books for children, studied for two degrees and currently teaches writing at TAFE and university level. She is best known for her hugely successful I Hate Fridays series and picture books like My Mummy and Me, My Daddy and Me and their companion books (illustrated by Craig Smith). Many of her books are listed on the various State Premiers' Reading Challenge booklists, and she has featured in numerous ‘children's choice' awards. Rachel's picture books and junior fiction stories have been illustrated by some of Australia's finest illustrators. Rachel lives in Melbourne, Victoria.

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Craig Smith is one of Australia's most prolific, popular and award-winning illustrators of children's books. He began illustrating in 1976 and his first book was Christobel Mattingley's Black Dog followed soon after by Geoffrey Dutton's The Prowler. His witty and humorous artwork combines a wonderful sense of the absurd with a fine attention to detail. He has illustrated over 370 picture books, junior novels and educational readers. Some of his many picture books include Where's Mum? (CBCA Honour Book), Billy the Punk (CBCA Shortlisted Book), Bob the Builder and the Elves and Sister Madge's Book of Nuns. He is also the author/illustrator of a book about a notorious local cat, Remarkably Rexy. Craig lives in Melbourne.

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