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Anne Fine is the Children's Laureate and the awards she has won for her fiction include two Carnegie Medals, the Guardian Fiction Prize, two Whitbread Prizes and a Smarties Prize.

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Anne Fine is one of our most distinguished writers for children. She has written over fifty highly acclaimed books and has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and both the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year and the Carnegie Medal twice over. Anne was appointed the Children's Laureate from 2001-3, and her work has been translated into over forty languages. In 2003 she became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded an OBE. Anne lives in County Durham. Anne Fine was born and educated in the Midlands, and now lives in County Durham. She has written numerous highly acclaimed and prize-winning books for children and adults. Her novel The Tulip Touch won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal, and was adapted for television by the BBC; Flour Babies won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Bill's New Frock won a Smarties Prize, and Madame Doubtfire has become a major feature film starring Robin Williams. Anne was the Children's Laureate 2001 - 2003 and won an OBE in 2003.


Gr 3-5-Anthony is a dog with a nasty skin condition and a distinctly British voice. When his itchy, flaky flesh gets too disgusting for his family to abide, they take him to the vet and have his fur shaved off, leaving only his head and the tip of his tail intact. This latest happening in a lifetime of perceived indignities leaves Anthony devastated and ashamed until he learns how to use his new look to his advantage. He has a dry, sarcastic sense of humor and an uncharacteristic lack of loyalty for his owners, particularly the lady of the house, whom he witheringly refers to as "Her Ladyship," "Mrs. Neglectful," "the Kitchen Queen," and more. With large print, appealing black-and-white illustrations, and plenty of low-grade gross-out fun, this easy chapter book is ideal for reluctant readers. A sound supplemental purchase.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

...a fable about embarrassment that made me laugh aloud * Independent *

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