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Ralph, Flying Hound (ebook)

Ralph, Flying Hound (ebook)

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In the tradition of Robert Service's poetic tall tales, Dave Paddon's Ralph, Flying Hound brings readers a hilarious recitation about a dog that just won't give up. Along with his canine comrades, Ralph chases anything that moves, and usually catches it too. But when his aspirations go skyward, even his four furry friends— Nance, Lucky, Spot 1 and Spot 2—wonder if Ralph's aiming too high. Will Ralph catch that big orange duck? Will pilot Greg ever get those crazy dogs out of his hair? And how did those mutts end up in the drink?

An accomplished reciter and storyteller, Dave Paddon has crafted a fabulous "dog-bites-helicopter" tale, told with his signature warm and quirky wit, and inspired by a true story. 

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Dave Paddon was born and raised in Northwest River, Labrador. He is a crowd favourite at storytelling and ballad-singing events in St. John’s, and has performed at festivals and concerts across the island and on the mainland. Dave has written numerous recitations; five of them – The Card GameBerriesThe 12Not a Word of a Lie, and The Christmas Turr – have been published by the Goat as letterpress-printed chapbooks.

Ralph, Flying Hound, his first book for children, was published in October 2016.

A collection of thirteen of his recitations, Half the Lies You Tell Are Not True was published in the spring of 2018.

A former commercial pilot, Dave divides his time between St. John’s and English Harbour.

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