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Gobi : A Little Dog with a Big Heart - Dion Leonard


A Little Dog with a Big Heart

By: Dion Leonard, Lisa Manuzak (Illustrator)

Paperback Published: 21st August 2017
ISBN: 9780008258078
Number Of Pages: 32
For Ages: 3+ years old

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This beautifully illustrated picture book tells the story of a life changing friendship between one man and a little stray dog with a lot of spirit. Perfect for fans of A Street Cat Named Bob aged three and up.

In 2016, Dion Leonard, an ultramarathon runner, stumbled across a little stray dog while competing in a gruelling 155 mile race across the Gobi Desert. The pup earned the name ‘Gobi’, as she went step for step with Dion, keeping pace with him for nearly 80 miles. What Gobi lacked in size, she made up for in heart.

About the Author

Dion Leonard is a 41 year old Australian who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with his wife Lucja. Dion has not only completed but competed in some of the world's toughest ultra marathons across the planet's most inhospitable landscapes. This includes running across the brutal Moroccan Sahara desert twice in the 250km Marathon Des Sables and also twice across South Africa's Kalahari Desert, also 250km. Dion's latest 250km race across the Gobi Desert in China turned out to be a completely different race where he fell in love with a stray dog (later named Gobi) that followed him during the week and who would change both of their lives forever.

About the Illustrator

Lisa Manuzak is an illustrator of children's books and a video game concept artist. Originally from Hawaii, she has lived all over the globe, getting inspired by the world and colors around her. She loves fantastical and magical stories, exploring distant lands, experimenting with art, growing plants, and collecting pets. She currently lives in upstate New York with her husband, their corgi, two cats, and a very large fish.


I have read and reread this book


This is a wonderful easy to read book, with large illustrations in bring colours. On each page there are all sort of little creatures, running equipment and things to engage the young reader to understand that the story is in the desert. Its a fabulous story of love, commitment and tears. Love knows no boundaries.

Newcastle, Australia


Excellent book, great for young readers


Great book, beautiful illustrations, heart warming story.



Story and illustrations are superb.


Beautiful book for little ones. A great story & beautiful illustrations.




4.7 3


ISBN: 9780008258078
ISBN-10: 0008258074
Audience: Children
For Ages: 3+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 21st August 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.5 x 25.6  x 0.5
Weight (kg): 0.19