(Own) Fearless by Colin Thompson - about a dog that looks scary and is named Fearless but who is actually soft, friendly and scared of everything. Examples of inference, verbal irony and personification. "Fearless had to keep an eye on the broom because once... it tried to bite him." Visual literacy - meaning is made from both the pictures and the words ('man in a funny hat" is a robber in the picture).
The Big Book of Happy Sadness - available from http://www.booksforyoungminds.com.au AUD $14.99. George lives with his grandmother and a big empty space where his mother and father should be. On his way home from school, George visits the animal shelter. In the very last cage is Jeremy, a sad dog who looks as lost and lonely as George feels. When Jeremy comes home to live with George and his granny, their whole lives change.