Mike Dicks and his rescue dog Scrabble live in Hove and create illustrations and jokes about themselves for social media, as prints and now in books. Their first book, Mike&Scrabble - a guide to training your new Human (ISBN-10: 1787110001), is available in all good bookshops, and some bad ones, this month. They have a complicated relationship with buses (Mike loves them, Scrabble gets a little worried about them) but they were very happy to create a unique picture for our website, as Mike got to draw a bus.
There are many wise, practical, and academic guides that explore the relationship between pets and their owners; Mike&Scrabble is not one of them.
Instead, this picture book for adults gives an insight into the mind of a dog who has acquired a slightly damaged human, and sets about trying to train him. Mike&Scrabble's simple illustrations and one-line observations were originally designed by Mike, despite what Scrabble says, as posts for Twitter and Facebook, to joke about becoming a dog owner. The posts gathered a following of loyal fans, mainly dog owners (about 90%) including one fan in Vietnam. This is a book that dogs will buy, but as they have trouble using an iPad and don't keep money on them, it may well be attractive to their Human pets.