Illustrated by: Nancy Keating
The-Dog-Next-Year is the story of a classic mis-match. Six-year-old Lissa has almost everything a girl could want, except the puppy who runs
through her dreams at night and answers to a secret name. When a dog does arrive in her life,
though, it's not her dreamed of "dog-next-year"
but Jingles, an ageing and somewhat smelly refugee. Through the seasons of a year of her life, Lissa dreams of what could be and comes to
terms with what is. Nancy Keating's colour-drenched illustrations capture the seasons in
and around St. John's, Newfoundland, and bring Lissa's world vividly to life.
About the Author
This is Carmelita McGrath's first book for children,
following four for adults, including award-winning
works in both poetry and fiction.
Nancy Keating was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, and
grew up in Conception Bay South. A graphic artist since
1980, she currently resides with her husband and three children
in Portugal Cove. Nancy loves children, animals, music and
beaches. The-Dog-Next-Year is her first fully-illustrated children's book.