By: Elizabeth Fensham
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: University of Queensland Press
Published: 29/05/2017
ISBN: 9780702259593


At almost ten years of age, Eric is now the responsible owner of his dog Ugly. But when Ugly is involved in a series of mishaps including the theft of a roast chook and a bedroom decorated with duck poo, it is clear Eric needs to do something to keep his dog out of trouble.

Luckily, Eric knows exactly how to solve the problem … Ugly needs a job.

But how can Eric find a job for a dog, even if his dog is a genius?


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Eric’s dog Ugly is one of those dogs that just can’t seem to keep himself out of trouble. Big and cumbersome, he is constantly doing things he shouldn't, and Eric’s family is getting sick of it - especially his Dad.

How can Eric convince his Dad that Ugly is ok and shouldn’t be left outside by himself? He needs to find Ugly a job! That will keep him busy and out of trouble. Or will it?

After conducting a survey at school about the jobs that a dog could do, Eric and his friends come up with a final list: Personal trainer,

Soccer coach, Dog trainer, Lost dog detective, Guard dog, Dinosaur bone finder, Rabbit chaser and Vegie garden protector.

And so, with the help of his friends and Grandad, Eric’s quest to find Ugly a job begins!

This is a fabulous book about friendship, acceptance, thinking outside the box and taking responsibility!

It will be enjoyed by all students 8+, especially animal loving ones!

Reviewed by Sam