Danny’s tale set for American schools

With their new book out, Tony Nevett and Danny the reading dog have become a huge hit in schools across America.
With their new book out, Tony Nevett and Danny the reading dog have become a huge hit in schools across America.

Schoolchildren in America will read about the plight of a specially trained reading dog from Wellingborough when a new book is used as part of a summer reading programme.

Danny Strikes Out in America is the second children’s book written about the greyhound.

With his owner, Tony Nevett, 53, of Fulmar Lane, Wellingborough, Danny 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.

The three-year-old dog has helped countless children across the country during the last few years.

Their work, which is sponsored by the Kennel Club’s Bark and Read Foundation, led to Danny being featured in the first book, Danny Goes to London, released last year.

MX Publishing printed the book for free, and author Judy Bee and illustrator Anna Kecskés also waived their fees to work on the book.

Last year Mr Nevett was invited to travel to America to promote the work.

This has led to the second book, Danny Strikes Out In America.

It will be used in Iowa by the Cedar Rapids Kernels baseball team as part of its summer reading programme across 50 schools.

The book not only features Danny and the Cedar Rapids baseball team, but Queen guitarist Brian May also makes an appearance.

He allowed his image to be used after taking a shine to Danny while presenting him and Mr Nevett with a special award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare in 2011.

Mr Nevett said: “This is the second book about Danny. This one features the Cedar Rapids Kernels Baseball team.

“It’s being used for the team’s summer programme and it will be read in more than 50 schools.

“The baseball team has ordered thousands of copies of the book to also be given away as prizes.

“It’s not bad for a little dog from Wellingborough.

“Brian May also appears in the book.

“He doesn’t usually give permission for his image to be used, but he did on this occasion.”

The duo will also be at Crufts on Thursday, March 7, to officially launch the book on World Book Day.

Danny and Mr Nevett will also travel to America in May to work with the local therapy group, Corridor Therapy Dogs.

They were recently honoured at the Pride in Northamptonshire Awards, where they were given an award for helping children to fulfil their potential in recognition of their work in county schools.