Arthur and the Guard Dog

Author: Johanne Mercier
Illustrator: Clare Elsom
Translator: Daniel Hahn

Age: 5 - 8 / Early Readers
RRP: £4.99
ISBN: 9781907912191
Publication Date: 01-05-2013
Format: Pb, 198mm x 130mm
Extent: 48 pages

I'm Arthur, and I'm seven

I’m Arthur and I’m seven, and the other day at Picket Lake, Grandpa and I found a dog: a great big, hairy, grey and white dog. As it was really friendly and it looked a bit lost, we took it home with us. I wanted to keep him, of course. But how were we ever going to persuade Grandma?  Luckily, Cousin Eugene had a cunning plan...

About the series

Arthur is a seven-year-old boy who is brilliant at being a seven-year-old-boy. When Arthur visits his grandparents’ house by the lake, more often than not, he becomes entangled in a new adventure, which he must solve with the help of his pet duck and useless dog – and hopefully without too much help from eccentric Cousin Eugene. These are witty stories full of understated humour and populated by quirky yet recognisable characters, and narrated by Arthur who has the rational worldview that comes exclusively from being seven-years-old.



An interesting and varied cast of characters join with Arthur to present this quirky and enjoyable view of the world.

Parents in Touch

With bold, lovable characters and stories to enchant and entertain, all brought to life by Clare Elsom’s quirky illustrations, the witty, wonderful adventures of Arthur and his merry ménage look set to run and run.

Lancashire Evening Post

About the Author, Illustrator and Translator

Johanne Mercier is the author of a number of very successful books for children, both novels and picture books as well as the Arthur series. She lives in Quebec.

Daniel Hahn is an award-winning writer, researcher and translator and editor of The Ultimate Book Guide, The Ultimate First Book Guide and The Ultimate Teen Book Guide. His translations include Brazilian footballer Pelé's autobiography and Angolan writer José Eduardo Agalusa's The Book of Chameleons, winner of the 2007 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and Happiness is a Watermelon on Your Head, also published by Phoenix Yard Books. He is assistant editor of The Oxford Companion to English Literature and currently compiling a new Oxford Companion to Children's Literature.

Clare Elsom grew up in Oxford. She's always loved drawing and took a degree in illustration at University College Falmouth. She now works full time as an illustrator, and particularly enjoyed drawing Arthur. 'Drawing him came very naturally to me', she says, 'It's almost like he was already in my head, waiting for me to read the story and bring his image to life. I'm also slightly envious of his pet duck. Well, who wouldn't want a pet duck?!'

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