Danny goes to London to launch new children’s book

Wellingborough, Tony Nevett and his greyhound Danny- he listens to children read and has won an award for his work. 'Wednesday 24th August 2011

Wellingborough, Tony Nevett and his greyhound Danny- he listens to children read and has won an award for his work. 'Wednesday 24th August 2011

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A greyhound whose story has been turned into a book visited Downing Street to raise awareness pf the benefits of children reading to dogs.

Danny Goes To London has been written about Danny the three-year-old reading dog from Wellingborough.

With his owner Tony Nevett, 53, of Fulmar Lane, Wellingborough, the greyhound tours schools across the country to listen to young children read, with the aim of helping to build the child’s confidence in reading aloud.

Their work, which is sponsored by the Kennel Club’s Bark and Read Foundation, impressed MX Publishing which has published the new book for free. Author Judy Bee and illustrator Anna Kecskés also waived their fee to work on the book.

The pair visited 10 Downing Street recently to promote the new literary offering.

News of their good work has also spread across the Pond and Danny, who is a trained therapy dog, and Mr Nevett have been invited to go to America in August to take part in a book tour.

Mr Nevett said the new book was written to give children a fun book to read and learn about Danny’s journey.

He said: “We visited Downing Street to promote the book. Danny had a great time. He loves all of the attention – we’ve had a paw stamp made so he can autograph copies of the book.”

Danny Goes to London is available on Amazon for £6.29.