Siggy The Soccer Dog by Brian Frederick McKibbin

Siggy looks so cute as he twitches and turns in his sleep.

But as they watch him, little do the family know that in his dream he is “Siggy Sosidj” the star player for Manchester United. It’s up to Siggy to rescue his team in the biggest game of his life. But can he do it?

Join Siggy and a multi-national cast of doggie players to find out – in a fast-paced, beautifully illustrated tale about overcoming the odds, staying true to your purpose and being kind…

Illustrated by Vivien Sarkany.

Aimed at children aged 5-9, with a sweet spot of 6-8. The books aim to stretch enthusiastic early readers and also provide a source of inspiration as a place to begin a love of reading for older reluctant readers. They are “complex picture books”.

Literary Titan Gold Awards (x2); International Review of Books Gold Award; Royal Dragonfly Book Award Winner; Wishing Shelf Book Awards Winner

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WHO AM I?
I was born in County Down, Northern Ireland, in December, 1969.

I was a 60s child for 26.5 hours. I think that’s important!

I grew up during “the Troubles” and went to a posh school where CS Lewis was once a pupil and Samuel Beckett briefly taught. (Beckett once replied that students there were indeed the “cream of Ulster” being “rich and thick”… I’m not the former, sadly, but you can be judge about the latter.)

HOW DID I GET HERE?
Anyway, I left that place and went to university and got LLB and LLM degrees and a bit of a career as a lawyer which didn’t agree me with me. I didn’t agree with it, either!

I’ve never been terribly good at respecting authority, and I suppose it showed. Some ups, some downs, and…

Eventually I pitched up here, where you see me now. I much prefer writing stories than writing writs, it turns out.

WHAT DO I CARE ABOUT?
I don’t know if stories for children can change the world, but I hope they can make it a little better – certainly for my readers.

I hope I can bring a little more joy into the world, and a little more truth and kindness.

I do care that these and other important things are often in short supply when they needn’t be. Maybe we can change that together…

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