Troubador Dear Clementina

Talk Radio Europe

Released: 28/10/2015

ISBN: 9781784624231

Format: Paperback

Review this Book

Dear Clementina

Letters from one Border Terrier pup to another


A chance meeting between two twelve-week-old puppies in a Manchester park leads to a series of letters from young Stanley to his new friend Clementina. Based on true events viewed through canine eyes, this work is a collection of that correspondence, and reflects upon the quirky world of humans, dogs and the interaction between the two. With a comic perception that is perhaps only afforded to innocent observers, each letter stands alone as a testimony to Stanley’s efforts to comprehend the mysteries of life that confront young pups in their carefree progress throughout their first year. From human vanity to intrusive vets to pesky cats, from basic bodily functions to the high-blown appreciation of modern art, Stanley keeps Clementina in the picture as he steers his way relentlessly, if not always smoothly, through the challenges that life throws at him, culminating in his first birthday party. In this deliciously humorous work, wittily illustrated by W.H. Mather, readers will delight not only in recognising their own pets, but also themselves and their fellow dog walkers. But you don’t have to be a dog-owner to appreciate Stanley’s letters as their comedy will appeal to everybody. And anybody contemplating getting a puppy should take advantage of Stanley’s wit and insight to help them in taking that fateful step of joining the ranks of the dog-owning fraternity. Pick up Stanley’s narrative and immerse yourself in the humorous, blossoming friendship of two adorable Border Terrier puppies!

Grange Now

That's Books and Entertainment

Manchester Evening News

Books Monthly

Manchester Evening News

Buy the Book



Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Full Text: I am only half way through this book. However, I had to stop and post a review. So far, Dear Clementina is a such a wonderful and lovely book. Colin Burke does an amazing job of writing from a dog's perspective. As an owner of a scruffy chaotic terrier, I find myself laughing out loud to this book. There are times I wonder what my dog is thinking, well now I have my answers. I am sure this book will only get better, and I can't wait to keep reading it.

by Nicole Jeffries

Well Mr Burke I am very impressed indeed with your totally original first novel, I do not even like dogs but I read this series of letters at one fell swoop. Lovely illustrations. More please.


5 out of 5 stars

A puppy's first year of life told by the mischievous puppy himself is chronicled in the clever format of a letter to one of his closest canine pals. This "first-puppy perspective" makes for a whimsical view on the new and often misinterpreted ways of the world and how we humans live our lives. I found myself chuckling quite often at Stanley's behavior, observations, and approach to everyday situations and felt compelled to share some of his more humorous antics with my husband. I would highly recommend this book to any reader, but especially to other dog lovers. It is a fun and touching book that everyone will enjoy!

by Erica Brickey

Dear Clementina is an adorable book about a young pup named Stanley. He makes a new friend, at the park, Clementina, and when they can't meet up, he writes letters to her about what's been going on in his life. Colin Burke obviously loves dogs and brings a unique insight to the way dogs think. If you are a dog or animal lover this is definitely the book for you! Pick it up, it's a quick read and quite lovely.

by Sarah Jones

Dear Clementina was a lighthearted and creative way to tell the tale of Stanley Burke, a Border Terrier puppy living in Manchester, England. The letters he sends Clementina, a fellow Border Terrier pup, detail his various (mis)adventures and he does come off as quite a cheeky dog! One can't help but smile when they read Stanley's letters as he regales Clementina (and the rest of us) with his tales. His story told through letters is creative and endears him more to readers. Four stars!

by Jen Valencia

  • Buy as a printed
  • £9.99

  • 5 customer reviews
Also by Colin Burke and W.H. Mather (Illustrator) / Related Books