A remarkable survival story based on a true event in the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana. Flying into the snow-clad mountains by helicopter in the depths of winter, Dobby goes missing when his master takes him hunting for mountain-goats.

His jacket gets snagged in the scrub and he is trapped. But with the help of two kea, he finds the strength to survive until he is found.

He is rescued seven days later with the birds at his side. It is thought they might have helped him.

Written by Marion Day and illustrated by realist artist Emma Gustafson

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A creative non-fiction book, based on a true story, for readers aged 5-6 years who love dogs.


NZ Booklovers ~ “Author Marion Day tells the Dobby story in a compelling way, full of suspense and hope. It’s a heartfelt story but not overwhelming sad or scary for little readers. The kea are a delight and Day has done a wonderful job at personifying them – the dialogue and way of speaking is exactly what you imagine a kea would talk like.

“Illustrated by realist artist Emma Gustafson, readers are instantly able to recognise New Zealand’s high country. Each character has a distinct personality and Gustafson helps convey emotion through her illustrations.

“Day also includes some cute photos of Dobby within this creative non-fiction picture book, as well as more information about his breed, and the things that make Dobby special.
A heartwarming read about the goodest boy and his big adventure, Dobby is a delightful read.”

Marion DayKiwi author Marion Day

Find out more about Picton-based author Marion Day on her author page.

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Dimensions25 × 20.5 cm

Softcover edition



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Published by

AM Publishing New Zealand


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