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Introducing Mr Walker – a hotel dog with a nose for adventure!

On a brilliant autumn’s day, Mr Walker arrives at the grandest hotel in town. While things get off to a wobbly start, this charming labrador is determined to put his best paw forward. And it’s just as well because the most unexpected adventures await . . .

The Tales of Mr Walker contains four delightful stories inspired by the real-life Mr Walker, a Guide Dog Ambassador who now calls Park Hyatt Melbourne home.

Royalties from sales of this book go to Guide Dogs Victoria.


This book consists of four stories of Mr Walker after his arrival at his new home and I do hope there will be more as they are charming and heart-warming. Beautifully illustrated the stories follow Mr Walker’s experiences as he learns to interact with both his new family and the various guests he encounters. Royalties from this book go to support the Guide Dogs of Victoria which is a truly lovely bonus.

Sue Warren, Just So Stories blog

As the machinations of a hotel are revealed through the eyes, ears and, particularly, the nose of this charmingly affable dog, we meet a host of guests and staff. We enjoy his triumphs and good-natured perspectives as he sniffs out a delicious pastry or greets a world-renowned musician with a wag of his tail. Jess Black understands dogs and as you read you feel you could reach down and pat Mr Walker.

Alexa Dretzke, Readings

...this is a beautifully designed and presented book which would suit children aged 8 to 11 years who enjoy chapter books.

Dianne Bates, Buzz Words

Written in a chatty narrative that will appeal to all those who love stories about dogs, especially true ones, this book contains four illustrated stories about Mr Walker’s adventures at the hotel - where he still remains lounging on his custom-made Tasmanian oak bed.

Barbara Braxton, The Bottom Shelf blog

This is an absolutely beautiful book for ages 7 and up. Once trained to be a guide dog, Mr Walker finds himself as an ambassador at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne. He is an endearing dog, with likeable traits who soon finds himself popular with the guests. The book contains four heart warming stories that are beautifully illustrated.

Kathryn Schumacher, ReadPlus

The Tales of Mr Walker is also split into four short-stories and the writing of Jess Black will draw readers of all ages into the story of this dog as your imagination almost brings this pooch into your home.

Impulse Gamer

Simply, I love all that this book stands for. It teaches children how to be kind to animals, demonstrates kindness, shows how it is important for everyone to be loved and cared for, and how to give back through services like the Royal Guide Dogs Australia.

Allison, Little Big Reads blog

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    October 29, 2018


    192 pages

    RRP $24.99

    Online retailers

    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Dymocks
    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    • The Nile

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  • The Tales of Mr Walker
    Jess Black, Sara Acton

    Audio Download


    October 15, 2019

    Penguin Random House Australia Audio

    RRP $13.99

    Online retailers

    • Audible AU
    • Google Play Audio AU
    • Kobo Audiobook

Awards and Recognition

  • Australian Book Industry Awards
    Book of the Year for Younger Children
  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards
    Notable Book
    Younger Readers