Monday, January 30, 2012

The Loaded Dog by Henry Lawson

The Loaded Dog is Henry Lawson's most popular comic story. Mates Dave, Jim and Andy are sinking a shaft at Stony Creek in search of gold. They like to go fishing in the creek and one day Dave decides it would be easier to blast the fish out with a cartridge of dynamite than to angle in the normal way given the muddy state of the water and banks. The trouble is they own a big, dopey retriever dog known for his idiotic slobbering. Well, as fate would have it, it is not long before the four-footed mate is terrorizing the town with his find. This hardback is filled with the detailed and colourful illustrations of Walter Cunningham who fully captures the amiable silliness of the dog. The end papers of the gold claim are also very effective and interesting to look at.

1 comment:

  1. This and Mulga Bill's Bicycle were two beloved classics of my childhood. As great as the poem is, Walter Cunningham's pictures elevate this particular edition to superstardom. Any thoughts on how one would procure this in the modern era? I would love my son to enjoy it as much as I did.