Dear Clementina

  • “It’s delightful…Enchanting” ~ Talk Radio Europe
  • “Highly recommended” ~ Manchester Evening News
  • “Deliciously Humorous” ~ Books Monthly
  • “A fantastic present for dog lovers…” ~ That’s Books and Entertainment
  • “The perfect gift” ~ Grange Now

Dear Clementina Book

Letters From One Border Terrier Pup to Another. 

“I was starting to doubt that I’d ever enjoy canine company again, and you being a twelve-week old Border Terrier pup like me made our meeting especially good.” 

A chance meeting between two twelve-week-old puppies in a Manchester park leads to a series of letters from young Stanley to his new friend Clementina. Based on true events viewed through canine eyes, this work is a collection of that correspondence, and reflects upon the quirky world of humans, dogs and the interaction between the two. 

With a comic perception that is perhaps only afforded to innocent observers, each letter stands alone as a testimony to Stanley’s efforts to comprehend the mysteries of life that confront young pups in their carefree progress throughout their first year. From human vanity to intrusive vets to pesky cats, from basic bodily functions to the high-blown appreciation of modern art, Stanley keeps Clementina in the picture as he steers his way relentlessly, if not always smoothly, through the challenges that life throws at him, culminating in his first birthday party.   

In this deliciously humorous work, wittily illustrated by W.H. Mather, readers will delight not only in recognising their own pets, but also themselves and their fellow dog walkers. But you don’t have to be a dog-owner to appreciate Stanley’s letters as their comedy will appeal to everybody. And anybody contemplating getting a puppy should take advantage of Stanley’s wit and insight to help them in taking that fateful step of joining the ranks of the dog-owning fraternity. Pick up Stanley’s narrative and immerse yourself in the humorous, if not to say complicated, first year of a Border Terrier pup.

 

Paperback, eBook and Audiobook Formats Available To Purchase Now.

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Illustrated by W H Matther

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Audiobook

Narrated by Jimmy Hibbert (Alias the Jester, Wind in the Willows, Danger Mouse and Count Duckula)

Well who’d have thought it ?  As you know, Old Clever Clogs put all my early tales into a book, Dear Clementina, and now he and a few of his chums have gone and made it into an audio book as well ! And not only that, they’ve gone and made a little extract from it into an animated advert. Cor, what a Smartypants he thinks he is…but as you know, it’s all my work if truth be told, and don’t let anyone tell you different.

 

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Reviews

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“What a beautifully written and presented book! As the owner of two Border Terriers I was eager to see how Colin had given ‘a voice’ to Stanley, his Border Terrier Pup. Through a series of letters to his ‘friend’, Clementina, Colin has cleverly used all of the quirks and characteristics shown by this amazing breed of loveable dogs, and in particular, Stanley to create a very sweet, funny book. For me the comments and perspective that Stanley has on his life are exactly as I envisage the way that my two dogs think and react – it’s a shame that they can’t read… they’d love it! Colin has done an amazing thing in getting the concept down in writing… well done and thank you!”

– Amazon

“Dear Clementina is a sweet, funny, and smooth read. Dog lovers will see bits of their own pup in Stanley, and love them a little more after finishing this book!”

“Bought this for my wife who loves anything to do with border terriers. She couldn’t put the book down once she’s started it. The stories mirrored our experiences with our own border terrier. A funny read for which there could potentially be a sequel?”

– Andy M, Amazon IE

“This book was super cute. While I received my ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, I really believe that this is a book better read in actual form. Stanley is a 12 week old Border Terrier puppy who documents his first year with his new parents through letters to his pup pal, Clementina. Stanley’s take on life is sometimes downright hilarious. He has some interesting views on the other dogs at the dog park, his retired owners pub crawls with his friends, hiking, going to the vet and stripping – yes, stripping. Stanley gets in a few predicaments and practically scares his grandmother to death with a toy alligator. Anyone who has raised a puppy will love seeing puppyhood from this pup’s point of view.”

– Goodreads

“The story is uniquely written from the point of view of a border terrier, Stanley, writing to another dog, Clementina. We follow Stanley for the first year of his life, from the time he is a pup, meeting his new owners, learning the rules of his new house, to being left with strangers while his owners go on holidays. The story follows him as he grows older and meets other dogs, makes and has fantastic experiences.

He writes to Clementina often, telling her of the wonderful places he goes on holidays and the things he learns from other dogs. He tells her of his trips to the vets and about his lively owners.

Through Stanley we hear about the adventures of other dogs that he meets as the tell him stories about their lives. The book ends around Stanley’s first birthday and I enjoyed reading about the fuss they made of him. I loved this quirky, fun little book, it made me smile and giggle all the way through. Recommend to all who live a fun, light read and to all of the dog lovers out there.”

– Amazon

“Bought this for my wife who loves anything to do with border terriers. She couldn’t put the book down once she’s started it. The stories mirrored our experiences with our own border terrier. A funny read for which there could potentially be a sequel?

– Amazon

“Dear Clementina was a lighthearted and creative way to tell the tale of Stanley Burke, a Border Terrier puppy living in Manchester, England. The letters he sends Clementina, a fellow Border Terrier pup, detail his various (mis)adventures and he does come off as quite a cheeky dog! One can’t help but smile when they read Stanley’s letters as he regales Clementina (and the rest of us) with his tales.”

– Jen, Goodreads

“I really enjoyed reading about Stanley’s adventures, I am on thinking about buying a Border Terrier (Our unborn Bert), and the book as sealed the deal that a Border is going to be be out next pup.”

– Amazon

“A puppy’s first year of life told by the mischievous puppy himself is chronicled in the clever format of a letter to one of his closest canine pals. This “first-puppy perspective” makes for a whimsical view on the new and often misinterpreted ways of the world and how we humans live our lives. I found myself chuckling quite often at Stanley’s behavior, observations, and approach to everyday situations and felt compelled to share some of his more humorous antics with my husband. I would highly recommend this book to any reader, but especially to other dog lovers. It is a fun and touching book that everyone will enjoy!”

– Erica, Goodreads

“I have always wanted to know what my dogs were thinking, Stanley has brought a puppy’s thoughts to life and his letters are a joy to read. Loved this book it made me smile at his antics.”

– Amazon

“This book was super cute. While I received my ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, I really believe that this is a book better read in actual form. Stanley is a 12 week old Border Terrier puppy who documents his first year with his new parents through letters to his pup pal, Clementina. Stanley’s take on life is sometimes downright hilarious. He has some interesting views on the other dogs at the dog park, his retired owners pub crawls with his friends, hiking, going to the vet and stripping – yes, stripping. Stanley gets in a few predicaments and practically scares his grandmother to death with a toy alligator. Anyone who has raised a puppy will love seeing puppyhood from this pup’s point of view.”

– Goodreads