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Written on the January 31st,2024





Puffin is delighted to announce the acquisition of THE DOG WHO DANCED ON THE MOON, the heart-warming debut picture book written by bestselling author John Boyne, and beautifully illustrated by Ashling Lindsay. Publisher Joe Marriott acquired world rights in the text from Simon Trewin and world rights in the illustrations, alongside Clare Doughty, Deputy Art Director, from Susan Penny at The Bright Agency. THE DOG WHO DANCED ON THE MOON will publish 4 July 2024.

First published as a poem in The Puffin Book of Big Dreams, John has expanded his original story into a powerful and moving space adventure about friendship and self-belief, inspiring readers to follow their dreams and reach for the stars.

There once was a boy called Jeremy Grace
who had a remarkable interest in space . . .

With a little help from his dancing dog, Maxwell, soon Jeremy’s wildest dreams of space exploration are coming true. But when their out-of-this-world odyssey becomes a comet catastrophe, will friendship, daring and a little bit of dancing be enough to save planet Earth?

John Boyne is one of the most celebrated writers of the 21st century. His novels both for adults and younger readers, including bestsellers The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The Heart’s Invisible Furies, A Ladder to the Sky, and All the Broken Places are enjoyed by readers around the world.

Joe Marriott, Publisher, said: “THE DOG WHO DANCED ON THE MOON is a moving, funny and inspiring story about the power of believing in yourself and the magic of friendship.  It’s a timeless tale for readers of three and up, brought to dazzling life through exquisite illustrations from talented rising-star Ashling Lindsay.”

Commenting on the acquisition John Boyne said: “Writing for young readers has proved one of the most emotionally rewarding aspects of my publishing career, so I’m thrilled to publish my first picture book for the youngest readers of all. I wrote The Dog Who Danced on the Moon to empower children and let them know that all their ambitions, no matter how outlandish, are achievable. Especially if your best friend is a dog.”

Ashling Lindsay added: “John’s story and characters were a dream to work with. I loved the idea of achieving your dreams against the odds, and when I read the text, I had ideas about how the book might look straight away. I began with painterly brush strokes, bright pinks and graphic shapes. I wanted the space scenes to be beautiful and to feel like these were actual events that happened, but also for the art to be playful and exist somewhere between observation and imagination.”

THE DOG WHO DANCED ON THE MOON written by John Boyne and illustrated by Ashling Lindsay will be published by Puffin in paperback, £7.99, on 4 July 2024.

Notes to Editors


About the author

For almost a quarter of a century John Boyne’s novels have been treasured by adults and young readers alike. Whether he is exploring history in The Thief of Time, discovering humanity in the trenches in The Absolutist, revealing personal trauma in A History of Loneliness, creating dark comedy in A Ladder to the Sky, or making us laugh with the broad farce of The Echo Chamber, his work has found a global readership. He is the author of sixteen novels for adults, six for younger readers, and a collection of short stories. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas has sold more than 11 million copies worldwide and has been adapted for cinema, theatre, ballet, and opera. He has won four Irish Book Awards, including Author of the Year in 2022, along with a host of other international literary prizes. His novels are published in sixty languages making him the most translated Irish writer of all time.

Twitter: @JohnBoyneBooks
Instagram: @JohnBoyneAuthor

About the illustrator

Ashling Lindsay is an Irish artist from Belfast. She has been making picture books for eight years and has been included on some of the most prestigious award lists in the world. Her approach to making art changes with each book. She responds to every text individually by experimenting with colour and composition, using a variety of materials until she finds a combination that fits the text. This nearly always begins with analogue experiments – marks and paint on paper. Ashling teaches illustration at Belfast School of Art and is a fluent Irish speaker.


About Puffin


Puffin is the biggest children’s publisher globally, and is a loud, proud voice for the power of stories to spark imaginations.

Since publishing a series of non-fiction in 1940, Puffin has grown to become one of the world’s most iconic children’s entertainment brands. Publishing stories for children from 0-12, Puffin is home to famous authors, illustrators and children’s brands, including Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman, Nathan Bryon & Dapo Adeola, Tom Fletcher, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Snowman and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Many of these stories live beyond the book and have inspired TV, films, music and games.

Puffin is always on the look-out for new talent and is committed to giving children access to stories, through innovative formats and partnerships; ensuring that the magic of imagination passes from one generation to the next.

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