‘About a dog’ book review and book signing!!

Hey guys!! Over the last few months, I’ve been working in collaboration with the author Richard Bloss to organise a book signing in Hull Waterstones for his brilliant book called ‘About a dog’. ‘About a dog’ is a charming book all about Barney the dog and all the little adventures he’s had since he first entered Richard’s life as a tiny puppy. The book is aimed at older children however since I found the book to be very enjoyable, I think anyone from the age upwards of 9 could read this book and still find it to be a great read. If you would like to get a signed copy of ‘About a dog’, Richard Bloss is doing a book signing in Hull Waterstones on 28th October where you can meet him and Barney the dog. For today’s post, I’m going to be reviewing the book ‘About a dog’ and giving you my honest opinion of it.


BLURB:  Falling in love is never easy. True love is involuntary. We love because we have to, not because we want to. For middle aged Richard, the last thing on his mind was to fall in love with a little puppy he never wanted in the first place.

But life has its own humour. ‘ABOUT A DOG’ is a dry, cynical account of how a little dog called Barney somehow becomes Richard’s best buddy, his soul mate, that opens a door to a new universe of affection. ‘About a dog is a story for every dog lover – and for all those that would like to be. It is a journey about all of us in our relationships, our life situations, where – in smiling and laughing at Barney – we can look at ourselves.

OVERALL SYNOPSIS: ‘About a dog’ has 17 chapters, all on the different parts of owning a dog which ultimately link into the love and affection you feel for your pet. You can tell from the start that Richard had never considered getting a dog before; he thought it would take over his house and snatch up a lot of his time. But somehow he found himself being talked into getting a dog and before he knew what was happening he was driving out to choose a puppy. The moment he first set his eyes on Barney, the furry little puppy climbed his leg to lick him and settle down in his arms and then he knew that he was the right dog for him. The rest of the book goes on to describe the relationships Barney builds up with the rest of Richard’s family, with the family cat Boh and with other dogs he meets whilst out and about. It also includes important lessons Barney learns about growing up such as how to be civil towards the cat when it repeatedly sleeps in Barney’s bed and that not all humans and dogs are your friends.

I really enjoyed reading ‘About a dog’ and getting know what Barney was like as a dog and about some of the little adventures he’d had. The book has a dry sense of humour to it and the journey Barney experiences of growing up is one we can all relate to where we learn important lessons and build up relationships with different types of people. ‘About a dog’ is also unlike any book I’ve read before and since all the adventures that occurred were real life events, you could relate more easily to them. I would definitely reccomend this book to dog lovers and non dog lovers alike because it really is a charming, relatable book which will cause you to fall in love with little Barney the dog.

Thank you for reading this post!! What’s your favourite book? Let me know in the comments down below!! There’ll be another post out soon but until then bye for now!!

Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull 


  1. Hey there, Amelia!! That’s so much fun that you’ve written a book! And you’ve chosen an amazing topic gal! DOGS!! I love dogs, in fact I maybe getting a Labrador, I think this month end!?
    Anyways, congratulations!! I’d totally enjoy the book, I’m sure!!! Do post some sneak peeks of the book.

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  2. This sounds like such a great book! Thank you for sharing it with us, Amelia (: That’s so cool that you helped set up the book signing that you mentioned! I’d have to say that my favorite book (aside from the Bible ❤ ) is a novel called Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer. It was soooo good!

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  3. Great review lovely (and seriously impressive that you organised a book signing like GO YOU) – this book sounds really sweet and I can actually relate to it! At first, when we bought cats, I didn’t really like cats but now I’m in love with them and want more xx

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