Wednesday 22 May 2019

D-Day Dog by Tom Palmer Book Review

I was lucky enough to review one of Tom's books last year, Armistice Runner. It was so good that I picked it as my book of the month for that particular time of the year. This time my eldest daughter got her hands on the book before I could even look at the front cover so I will leave you in her capable hands for the review....


D-Day Dog s a beautiful story about Jack and his dog Finn discovering the stories of other war-time heroes.

I have read a previous book by Tom Palmer (Armistice Runner) so I just knew that I would enjoy this one before I even opened it up and I can concur that I was not disappointed!

The book had excellent characters; beautiful design and over all it was well written and wonderfully touching.

The first thing that really caught my eye was the print on the top of the pages, this sold it for me before I started reading. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting, parachutes floating down from the top of the page, which made the story come alive that little bit more.

Secondly, I loved the section at the back that had some helpful extra facts, questions and art-work about D-Day and Normandy. I really enjoy learning more about the things I read and the part about the animals in the war made the story all the more real for me.

It also contains a picture of the real Emile Corteil and Glen, which I appreciate not only because I find well-researched books fascinating but also because younger readers might see the book in a different light, enabling their imaginations to see it all as more real. 

The information section as a whole is extremely useful and I bet it will spike curiosity in many younger minds.

My favourite part of this book is the diversity of the types of war it depicts. The first is warfare from the world wars which many of us already know at least a little bit about. It had specific focus as you may have guessed on D-Day ,which I didn't know a lot about until I'd read this book. The subject was integrated into the story well. 

The other part of war was about the reserve soldiers from current times. This is portrayed by Jack's father being called in for duty in Afghanistan, showing it can effect families in today's modern world.

In my opinion, Jack's thoughts and opinions on these events really immersed the reader and it painted a true picture of the situation.

Lastly, there are mentions of the wars happening in places like Syria right now. This is shown through a character called Kasandra, who personally is my favourite character. Her story seemed vivid and highlighted the horrific things happening to normal people and not just the soldiers involved in these wars. Kasandra is also very sweet and firgiving in addition to being important to Jack's story.

In conclusion, D-Day Dog is beautifull heart-warming and superbly researched in it's many diverse topics. 

I love this author on a whole and I sincerely hope more people get to enjoy reading D-Day Dog and lets hope there are more books to come!

And there you have it. I couldn't have described the book better myself. D-Day Dog is informative yet emotional, it is a great portrayal on a subject that many more of us should have the chance to know more about. Tom Palmer, yet again you have created a peace of reading excellence.


  1. This sounds really good, thanks! My daughter does enjoy reading about World War II, so I will look out for this one for her.

  2. Wow - this sounds a superb book and might I say also that your daughter is a superb book reviewer and clearly a wise girl with great values too #ReadWithMe

  3. This sounds like a really interesting and sympathetic ear of introducing the topic of war to older children. I'll definitely remember it for when my kids are older. #ReadWithMe

  4. Sounds a great book. And fab review by your daughter. Wish my boys would give me more than one liners for their reviews

  5. Oh this sounds lovely! Just like the sort of book I would have loved when I was younger #readwithme


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