Dog’s tale

PUBLISHED: 11:48 27 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:34 06 May 2010

Sheila signing copies of her book

Sheila signing copies of her book

FORMER Comet reporter turned author Sheila Molloy breezed back into town with a tail to tell. Her latest children s book is called Jack and the Prince of Dogs. Sheila called in to Northfields School on the Grange Estate, Letchworth GC, to do a reading fro

FORMER Comet reporter turned author Sheila Molloy breezed back into town with a tail to tell.

Her latest children's book is called Jack and the Prince of Dogs.

Sheila called in to Northfields School on the Grange Estate, Letchworth GC, to do a reading from the book and later that day signed copies at David's Gifts shop.

It is the second in a series of books.

Sheila began writing Jack, King of Dogs when she lived in Chaomans with her children, Michael and Annelise, with their black Labrador, Jack.

Published in 2004, it was selected as the Daily Mail's Children's Book of the Month.

The sequel, Jack and the Prince of Dogs, has been described as a "cracking good story".

It has been illustrated by Michael, a former Highfield School pupil who went on to get a degree at Manchester University and has now returned to Letchworth to live with his family.

Sheila's first book is based on Michael's (James in the book) relationship with Jack whom the family acquired from the Blue Cross kennels at Kimpton.

Digby, an Old English sheepdog who lived next door in Chaomans, became Canis, king of the dogs, in the book, while a boxer called Bruno who lived nearby also had a key role in the plot.

"Jack was a big buddy of both dogs," said Sheila, who now lives in London and France.

"It was heartbreaking for their owners when they both died of old age. Jack didn't help. He used to run away to their houses and bark for them at the door. He couldn't understand why they weren't there any more.

"In my book they both go to a better place - a magic land where dogs rule and have access to all the sausages they want."

In the sequel, Jack solicits the help of an Alsatian, Prince, to rescue James, who has become a famous young England football star, from the clutches of the Russian mafia. The backdrop is the World Cup.


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