SCOUT'S BEST DAY EVER!

A Doggy Adventure Around Ireland

By
Jennifer Farley
Scout's Best Day Ever!

Scout, Daisy and Dad are going on holidays while Gran stays at home to mind the cat.

Scout promises to send cat a postcard from every place he visits on his travels around Ireland.

But which will be the BEST. DAY. EVER?

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32 pages
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260x215 mm
ISBN:
9781788491747
Category Picture Book

Scout, Daisy and Dad are going on holidays while Gran stays at home to mind the cat.

Scout promises to send cat a postcard from every place he visits on his travels around Ireland.

But which will be the BEST. DAY. EVER?

Scout's travels take him from Donegal to Cork, from the Giant's Causeway to Salthill. He climbs the Sugar Loaf, muddies up an archaeological dig in County Meath, visits Fitzgerald Park in Cork, as well as Grafton Street and Trinity College in the heart of Dublin even makes his way onto the pitch in Thomond Park, Limerick! 

Jennifer Farley is an author and illustrator from Dublin. Her artwork is bright, colourful and a little bit humourous. Jennifer has illustrated several books for other authors, and has written and illustrated three books herself, including Island of Adventures, and her latest book, Scout's Best Day Ever

In 2019, she illustrated Shooting For The Starswritten by Dr. Norah Patten, which won an An Post Irish Book Award. 

Jennifer's latest book is Scout's Best Day Ever. Scout (the dog) promises to send cat a postcard from every place he visits on his travels around Ireland. But which will be the BEST. DAY. EVER?

Having left the bright lights of the city, Jennifer now lives in rural Ireland with her husband and their two dogs. 

 

Whimsical … Scout’s excitement for adventure jumps off the pages through the amusing illustrations and the boundless sense of spirit in the writing. This friendly canine recounts his holidays by postcard to his friend cat, narrating that every day in a new destination is the ‘Best Day Ever!’. Bursting full of fun little facts and observations about Ireland, its inhabitants and the landscape through the eyes of one vivacious pooch, this book is ideal for the animal lovers and the adventurists

Irish Examiner

As a parent: Illustrations are fab! Each double spread page has so much oral language going for it. We keep seeing new things each time we read it! The 3 year old kept spotting new things and this made her feel connected when we were reading it. Like mini stories within the story…we had a full chat about what the red octopus might be doing on one page! Her brother is senior infants so he was spotting plenty of high frequency words from school but she loved the repetition of ‘Best Day Ever’ phrase as she could join in with that. The children recognised some of the places from our pre-Covid trips around Ireland and it was lovely to root out some photos and look at them alongside each destination. There were some lovely discussion points within the story where we chatted about whether Scout should have stolen the sausages or gone off into the sea so far by himself. Lots of lessons to be learned! My 3 year old Ava-Rose was able to read some of the facial expressions of the cat and announced that he is ‘Not Impressed because he’s left behind’ so we had lots of chats about why cat may have been left. In my opinion you could easily do one destination per night for story time and get so much out of it.

From a teacher and education point of view it links in with many subjects including, of course Geography, and the addition of the map and red dot showing where they were visiting would be a great talking point within a classroom. I would have no problem using this with children in class up to 1st or maybe even 2nd class as it provides so much scope for oral language development. The illustrations are amazing and even the inclusion of a postcard would be a great starting point for writing in junior classes even up until 2nd class. I could see teachers using it to expand the idea of where might Scout visit next…or if he visits us what would he see? This is a truly great book to be used at home or in the classroom and it is timeless with its illustrations and snippets of Ireland! Bord Fáilte should be promoting this book!!

Gráinne Nugent, 6th class teacher St Brigids Primary School, Kildare

Seomra Ranga

I love it. It’s all the places we go! The pictures are amazing! Not just the Best day ever…the best book ever! Alex, aged 6

It’s lovely and the dog is lovely and goes on his holidays. I like the pictures and the story Ava-Rose, aged 3

Seomra Ranga

The new picture book from Westmeath-based Jennifer Farley, author-illustrator of 2018’s Island of Adventures … Scout’s Best Day Ever! features a cat, called Cat, who stays true to its breed and remains aloof while the rest of the household members are preparing to head off on holiday around Ireland. Scout, the family dog, on the other hand, is quite beside himself with excitement at the prospect of a car journey, and promises to send a postcard every day to the stay-at- home feline. First stop for the holidaymakers is Cork (where else?) where the humans enjoy a spot of shopping at Brown Thomas and Scout practises howling along with the buskers on Patrick Street. “Best day ever!” declares Scout in his postcard sent home to Cat, but when the next day brings a trip to Thomond Park for a rugby match, the enthusiastic dog’s second postcard also reads “best day ever!” Hiking in the Wicklow Mountains, herding sheep in the lands, and investigating megalithic cairns at Lough Crew in Co Meath — each experience is the best day ever, according to the dog’s effusive correspondence... The cat’s indifference makes a perfect foil for the effervescence of the madcap Scout, who could build a convincing case for being given a job with Bord Failte … places less commonly featured but equally worthy of inclusion, such as Donegal’s Inishowen peninsula and Fermanagh ’s Marble Arch caves, are given equal prominence in this woof guide to Ireland

Evening Echo
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Teaching Resources: free to view and download

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