This delightful CBCA award-winning picture book is about a friendship between an exuberant but loveable dachshund and his more retiring, tidy housemate.

WINNER: CBCA Book of the Year, Early Childhood, 2020

My friend Fred eats dog food for breakfast.
I think dog food is disgusting.

My friend Fred howls at the moon.
I don't know why.

He does a lot of funny things.
But even though we are different, Fred is my best friend.

'Acclaimed, prize-winning author Frances Watts demonstrates with this charming story that a simple idea executed with wit and imagination can bring deep joy and repeated pleasure to book lovers...a book that children and parents will likely love to re-visit at bedtime.' Reading Time


ISBN13: 9780008511739
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of Pages: 384
Publication Date: 17 Jan 2023
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 21.6(H) x 13.5(L) x 2.8(W)
Weight (gm): 400

Author Biography

Monica Heisey is an author and television writer from Toronto, now based in London, UK. Her writing has been published in The New Yorker, the New York Times, The Cut, Vogue, the Guardian, VICE, and elsewhere. She was previously an Editor at Large at Broadly. Her first book, an acerbic collection of essays called I Can't Believe It's Not Better, was published in Canada by indie Red Deer Press. She has written on shows including Schitt's Creek, Workin' Moms, Baroness von Sketch Show and Gary and his Demons.


'Heisey's adroit control of her narrative and wickedly funny turns of phrase mean Maggie can become monstrous as she flails from one disastrous choice to the next, but remains heartbreakingly relatable' The Times

'A smart and funny coming-of-divorce novel ... with a likeable heroine to root for... full of millennial witticisms and reliably regular deadpan turns' Guardian

'Wise and funny ... Heisey ... announces herself not only as a comic literary voice who articulates the absurdity of finding yourself alone, again, but also as a deft satirist of the many ridiculous trappings of modern life' Dazed

'The book's insistence on friendship being just as, if not more, important than romantic love is itself beautifully rendered... this book will be a balm' i Newspaper

'Wry, modern, self-deprecating' Independent

'You will fall in love with this protagonist and you will fall in love with Monica Heisey's writing. I couldn't put it down' Dolly Alderton, author of All I Know About Love

'An absolute effing delight ... wildly funny and almost alarmingly relatable' Marian Keyes, author of Again, Rachel

'I absolutely loved it ... Hilarious, heartwarming, wise' Paula Hawkins, author of Slow Fire Burning

'A rare and delicious treat. Monica Heisey is a genius' Nina Stibbe, author of Reasons to be Cheerful

'Monica Heisey is one of the most exciting new voices in fiction' Kirsty Capes, author of Careless

'Heisey makes me laugh hard and often' Rob Delaney

'A smart, funny and warm debut with such a strong voice' Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of Everyone Is Still Alive

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