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Mo's Best Friend
Mo's Best Friend

Mo's Best Friend

A Stone-Age Story

Illustrated by Bridget Marzo



40 Pages, 10.25 x 9.75

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $19.99 (US $19.99) (CA $26.99)

Publication Date: June 2024

ISBN 9781915659194

Rights: US & CA

Otter-Barry Books (Jun 2024)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: June 2024


A charming story of a stone-age family who discover the first dog – inspired by real prehistoric cave art

Mo is a little girl who lives with her family in the Stone Age, and her main task is to keep an eye on baby Babba – a fast crawler. Up on the hill she has a secret den of her own and one day she hears something odd, a ‘Yip’ coming from a bush. It’s a small wild beast.

Mo knows that wild beasts are dangerous, but this one is in trouble, with a thorn in its paw. Brave Mo takes out the thorn and the little beast becomes her friend. But Mo’s family are horrified by the strange creature. They scare it away and in the excitement baby Babba disappears.

Then they hear a “Woof! Woof!” Oh no! But it’s not what they think – Mo’s friend is defending Babba from a hungry lynx. From then on the whole Stone Age family has a new friend, and they decide to call it – DOG.

This story is inspired by the astonishing recent discoveries in the famous Chauvet Cave in France’s Ardèche department. The footprint of a young child has been discovered, with what is believed to be the paw-print of a dog beside it. They are from 26,000 years ago.

Author Biography

Bridget Marzo has a Catalan mother and an English father. She graduated from Kings College, Cambridge and went on to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. For many years she lived and worked in Senlis, France. She is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and enjoys giving workshops in illustration to schools and other organizations. She divides her time between France and Cambridge.