Finding Gobi

I was so glad I got the chance to read Finding Gobi as I have been following Dion and Gobi’s story via the news and social media for some time.


Written in the third person, the story almost has a fiction feel, even though you know it is true. It is a light and easy read, suitable for young and old.

It tells the story of Dion, an ultramarathon runner, who is competing in a gruelling 155 mile race across the unforgiving Gobi Desert. A stray dog chooses Dion as her owner, even though Dion didn’t realise it at the time. After the first day of running beside Dion, crossing rivers, sharing his food and bed, It didn’t take long for the determined little yet to be named “Gobi” to melt his heart.

There really isn’t a lot to say, other than if you love heart-warming stories about, dogs, determination, resilience, love, and  friendship, this book is for you.  A truly heart-warming story for all dog lovers.

Tania Cook

Finding Gobi: The True story of one little dog’s big journey
by Dion Leonard
Published by HarperCollins New Zealand
ISBN: 9780008244521

Fifi la Belle: Ship’s Cat by Lucy Davey

Margaret Kedian of Magpies describes Fifi la Belle: Ship’s Cat by Lucy Davey as an absolute delight but I wasn’t as convinced. It should be popular with little girls of about 4 to 6 years and it has all the ingredients of this genre. A spoiled cat, a doting owner, a crazy land and sea journey and lots of interesting rhyme and rhythm to stop the parent reader from dozing off on the tenth reading.

This is the third book in the series and the colourful prose is matched by equally colourful illustrations by Christine Ross.