The Adventures of Shola

Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
Small dog. Big dreams.

From her rustic, mouse-mad cousin Angeliño to Señor Grogó's rodeo-chasing, wild Aunt Clementine from Wyoming, nobody in these four surprising stories can help agreeing with Shola in the end: leads are for losers and it's far better to be free. Shola is a dog who knows what's what and how best to say it, and she'll even say it live on tv. As long as nobody gets too discombobulated about it.Shola may look like an ordinary white pet dog but, as her long-suffering owner Señor Grogó knows only too well, she is in fact a highly cultivated creature and the world is her playground - or rather, her jungle. For little Shola is ever ready to discover her inner lioness or to lead the pack on a wild-boar hunt. If only home-made cheese and finely cooked, delicious, marvellous, near-miraculous chips were not quite so tempting, the world would recognise her for the heroic dog she truly is.Luckily Shola finds soul-mates in unexpected quarters.

Lovingly and revealingly illustrated by Mikel Valverde, these four stories in one volume are a treasure-trove of amusement which cannot fail to cheer the reader.


One day, Señor Grogó had a visit from a friend who had been travelling round Africa and was longing to tell Grogó about everything he had seen there. Grogó’s friend talked a lot; he talked about the Sudan, about Zimbabwe, Kenya and Nigeria, he talked about the Masai, the Batusi and the Zulus, and...
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"Shola is a charming, short creature stuffed with charisma and fierce ideas, and so is the book about her." – Bookbag

"Charming, funny and heart-warming stories, beautifully packaged and affectionately and cleverly illustrated." - Lancashire Evening Post

"First Spot, then Snowy and now Shola - children's literature has an illustrious history of plucky S-name canines... Mikel Valverde's illustrations are, like the best of cartoon strips, wittily and expressively detailed." – Junior

"The most clever and ridiculous dog you've ever heard of ... fantastic." – Guardian children’s books

"Truly lovely illustrations and some wonderful wordplay-derived humour." - The Book Wars