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Thursday 7 November 2019

BOOK REVIEW: HOME ALONE HARRY by Jerry Rhodes, Rachael Messiter and Nicky Hill

Harry is a mischievous young dog, adored by his family: Dad and Mum, Maisie (8) and Max (5).  When the family leave him on his own he creates chaos.  Dad demands, "That bad dog must go!"  Alone and sad in bed that evening, Max asks, "Can anyone help?"  How will the Thunkies respond to his call?

The Thunkies® are a group of four cartoon characters (Thoth, Rath, Joth and Dith) designed to make thinking and learning fun and accessible, particularly in the context of dog behaviour.  This book is the first in a planned series offering a new and ingenious approach to solving perceived problems when dealing with dogs.  

The Thunkies® understand how the dog is thinking, and convey his feelings and the reason for his behaviour to the humans in a form they can appreciate.  The text is easy to follow and the illustrations are clear and colourful.  Although this has the appearance of a children's book, the lessons it contains are equally relevant to adults.  

Jerry Rhodes, AUTHOR 

Jerry Rhodes’ life-long research and teaching is the inspiration behind ‘Home Alone Harry’, this first book in a series for children featuring the cartoon characters, Thunkies®. After completing his degree and teacher training at Oxford University, Jerry’s career as a school-master was cut short by polio. He changed course to a management career in industry, discovered his talents for creativity, and formed his world-wide consultancy to collaborate with international organisations. A special project with Philips led to the discovery of ‘Thinking-Intentions’, to which he has now given the playful name, Thunkies®. Jerry writes his books from his weather-beaten old farmhouse in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds.

Rachael Messiter, AUTHOR

Rachael Messiter, a Dog Listener, uses the approach known as Amichien® Bonding pioneered by Jan Fennell. Rachael has her own practice, Talking Paws, based in Staffordshire. Previously she lived with wolves for close on two years in Colorado, USA, to learn how packs work. She has identified a group of issues that dog owners experience that are due to the well-meaning but flawed behaviours of owners, rather than ‘nuisance’ dogs. How to properly avoid and resolve such troublesome issues will be the theme of each book in the series Thunkies® love Dogs.


Nicky Hill is an illustrator and storyteller from Winterbourne near Bristol. Her artwork is featured throughout the Thunkies® Love Dogs books, bringing a bright, vibrant style that captures the imagination. A great lover of animals both wild and domestic, Nicky also illustrates and writes her own series of books about ‘The Wotton Pack’; a group of inquisitive pooches who spend their days and nights having many adventures. She currently lives with her own pack of three dogs in Wotton-under-Edge, a small town in Gloucestershire, where she also co-runs the shop called ‘The Collective’.

The Creative Team at work

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