Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart

Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart

by Dion Leonard, Lisa Manuzak

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Bring home the incredible true story of a friendship so strong that it crosses the globe! Families everywhere will be delighted by the tale of Gobi and Dion—a little lost dog and the ultramarathon runner who saved her. Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart is a fun, engaging picture book perfect for families to enjoy together.

Prepare to fall in love with the heartwarming and true story of Gobi and Dion. Gobi, a scrappy little stray dog, latches onto a man named Dion and keeps pace alongside him as he runs his way across China in a long 155-mile race. Through cold nights and raging rivers, with little food and water, and through a long, hard journey, these two create a bond unlike any other.

Cross the finish line with Gobi and Dion, the little pup who never quit and the ultramarathon runner who loves her. This amazing true story sparked international attention and will continue to inspire readers as they enjoy this fun picture book perfect for children.

Join these two unlikely friends as they form a winning team for both the race and life!  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400313235
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 490,483
File size: 63 MB
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Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Dion Leonard is a 41 year old Australian who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with his wife Lucja. Dion has not only completed but competed in some of the world’s toughest ultra marathons across the planet’s most inhospitable landscapes. This includes running across the brutal Moroccan Sahara desert twice in the 250km Marathon Des Sables and also twice across South Africa's Kalahari Desert, also 250km. Dion's latest 250km race across the Gobi Desert in China turned out to be a completely different race where he fell in love with a stray dog (later named Gobi) that followed him during the week and who would change both of their lives forever.


Lisa Manuzak is an illustrator of children’s books and a video game concept artist. Originally from Hawaii, she has lived all over the globe, getting inspired by the world and colors around her. She loves fantastical and magical stories, exploring distant lands, experimenting with art, growing plants, and collecting pets. She currently lives in upstate New York with her husband, their corgi, two cats, and a very large fish.

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The little dog stretched her legs and sighed. It was hard to live all alone in the blazing hot Gobi Desert.

Maybe today I'll find a friend, she thought hopefully.

Just then a strange noise in the distance made her ears perk up. I'm going to chase that noise, the curious dog decided.

She took off, racing across the sandy dunes.


A man named Dion stretched his strong leg muscles and checked his supplies one last time. He and hundreds of others were getting ready to run a race across the Gobi Desert that took seven days to complete. He had trained long and hard and was ready to go.


The starting gun fired.

Dion took off, racing across the sandy dunes.


The ground shook beneath the dog. And then she saw the most amazing sight — friends! So many friends. And they were even playing chase!

The wind blew back her ears, and her paws sent sand flying behind her. She was going to catch them!

Dion focused on the trail ahead as he ran. "Always look forward," he said to himself. "Never look back."

That's what he told himself every race. That's what he needed to do to win.

He looked down and to his surprise, there was a little dog running beside him.


The dog barked and gave him a doggy smile. She liked the sound of his voice. This was the best game of chase she had ever played!

Could this man be my friend? She kept running beside him.

The temperature was 120 degrees, and Dion was so thirsty! He gulped down some water, and it trickled down his chin and splashed onto his shirt.

"You must be thirsty too!" He knelt beside the panting pup and poured water into his cupped hand. She was thirsty too!

The racers kept running—through the sandy dunes, up the rocky slopes, under the burning sun. The dog's legs were short, but she ran fast to keep up with Dion.


Dion said to her, "because you are as tough as the Gobi Desert!"

"Yip-yip!" Gobi barked in agreement. She ran ahead, then circled back to her friend, barking playfully as she encouraged him too.


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Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Isabelle Wagner 9 months ago
Oh my. Gobi by Dion Leonard has got to be the cutest book I have ever read. I have heard of it before but if I had known it was this lovely, I would have read it much sooner. Growing up, I always wanted a dog that looked just like Gobi to go on adventures with. Honestly, I still consider adopting every dog that looks like him. This story was nicely written to be understood by little kids and the illustrations are absolutely lovely. I can't wait to read Gobi and Dion's other story as well!
LawladyCase More than 1 year ago
Gobi sees people running across the desert and thinks that he will run with them. He meets Dion and they begin to run together. Soon, they are eating and sleeping together, too. Will that mean that they will stay together when problems arise? Dion can’t leave Gobi and they cross the finish line together. This is a wonderful picture book for children. The story is simple yet sweet. Gobi and Dion quickly become friends and begin to count on the company of one another. When Dion goes back to the shore to get Gobi even though it could cost him the race, children will learn that sometimes you have to set aside what you want for your friends in need. The illustrations are lovely. They are realistic and colorful. Children will be enthralled with the deep blues, bright greens and sunny yellows. I highly recommend this book for toddlers and young children alike. I received an ARC from Thomas Nelson Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That is no way affects my opinion or rating of this book.
Jeannie3doxie More than 1 year ago
I know the story of Dion Leonard, the Marathon Runner who was found by Gobi in the Gobi Desert, summer of 2016. It's such a wonderful story about a man and what he gave up for the love of a mixed-breed dog. She chose him and she ran many miles with him. This book is a beautiful picture book to give young readers the story in a way they can understand. The pictures are as cute as they can be. I love them for myself and I'm a Grandmother. This book would be a great gift for a child or someone older with a child-like heart.
ReadWriteSparkleCoffee More than 1 year ago
Who does not love a dog story? In this incredible picture book, Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart, of friendship, perseverance, and teamwork; Dion Leonard shares the time he met his forever friend, Gobi. Gobi, named after the desert in China, where Dion and the dog began their journey together during a seven-day, 155 mile race. Would you be willing to sacrifice a win for a new friend? What does it take to be a good friend? How do good teams work together to succeed at a goal? These questions are sure to be answered and more. From the Publisher: Families everywhere will be delighted by the tale of Gobi and Dion—a little lost dog and the ultramarathon runner who saved her. Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart is a fun, engaging picture book perfect for families to enjoy together. Gobi, a scrappy little stray dog, latches onto a man named Dion and keeps pace alongside him for 77 miles of a long 155-mile race across China. Through cold nights and raging rivers, with little food and water, and through a long, hard journey, these two create a bond unlike any other. Dion Leonard is a 42 year old Australian/British runner who currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. Dion started running in 2013 and has already achieved numerous top 10 finishes in ultra races around the world in the most extreme conditions. Dion has not only competed in but completed some of the world’s toughest multi stage ultra running races across the most inhospitable landscapes including two times at the "Toughest Footrace on Earth" the brutal 250km Marathon Des Sables. Dion has also run South Africa's 250km Kalahari Extreme Desert Race twice and the Gobi Desert 250km and Cambodia 220km. I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas Nelson Children's Books for providing me with an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.
CharJones2525 More than 1 year ago
I love Gobi, the true story of a little dog who runs alongside a marathoner in a Gobi Desert race. So begins a beautiful friendship, as author Dion Leonard loses the race to help his new friend. Deeply saturated color illustrations and a sweet story, which finds Dion adopting Gobi and taking her back to Scotland, make this darling children’s picture book a winner! 5/5 Thanks to the author, Thomas Nelson: CHILDREN'S and NetGalley for the review copy, in exchange for my true opinions.
cmcbzcarder More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I really liked the story of Gobi: A Little Dog With a Big Heart and so did my children. My 5-year old son loved the book so much that he got really excited when I told him the story was based on true real-life events. He was pretty much so ecstatic, that he started asking for more about Gobi, so I had to pull up some of the YouTube videos with interviews of Gobi and Dion to satisfy his curiosity.Dion Leonard did a great job writing this book for a child’s perspective. Dion keeps kids intrigued by telling the story from both Dion and Gobi’s perspectives at different times. One thing that we really loved about Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart were the pictures inside the book. The book’s illustrator, Lisa Manuzak, did a wonderful job creating photos that were appealing and detailed all while keeping the book’s desert-y theme. Gobi: A Little Dog With a Big Heart is a great story for animal-lovers and young children. I highly recommend adding the story to your child’s reading list, or Christmas list this year!
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
This bright, colorful, and interesting children's picture book is based of the real-life story and experiences of Dion Leonard and a little stray dog named Gobi. The story is told in more detail in a middle school reader's book. For youngsters, and young at heart, the story embraces adoption and it's beauty and need in society on many levels. The illustrations picturing little Gobi the doggy are simply charming and make one wish to cuddle that little critter themselves. And the story begins with this little dog in the desert (China's Gobi Desert) and he hears a noise. Curious, he investigates and sees people running. Like any decent little doggy, he decides to run along with them. And he now has "friends"! Dion shares his water, pets the little doggy, and finally bestows him with a name..... "Gobi" after the tough desert they are running across. And when the going got really tough, Dion made certain Gobi wasn't left behind. This is a sweet story of how a caring person adopts and cares for a dog, and one I can recommend because it is a good story and also because it involves a real-life experience. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the BookLook Reviewers program to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own, alone, and freely given.
Myythmaker More than 1 year ago
Gobi: A Little Dog With a Big Heart is an adorable children's book that shares the true story of a stray dog who runs with ultra-marathon runner through the Gobi desert. Rather than focusing around a conflict, this book instead focuses on the power of friendship. The biggest challenge the runner and dog duo must overcome is a water crossing, which the runner carries the dog across. After the story ends, an author note expresses further challenges, including losing the dog in a city and having to wait an quarantine period before being able to take the dog back to his home country to live. I liked that the book stayed focused on their friendship, though I was also interested to read more of the story in the author's note. I loved the illustrations of the dog, Gobi. She's a scruffy-looking pup with big, loving eyes. The author's photo on the book jacket shows Dion holding Gobi, who looks very similar to the illustrations, though less scruffy. I really enjoyed the writing, too, which shared perspectives of Dion and Gobi. The cover is very well done with Gobi's name in large glossy letters and Gobi herself glossy and bounding through a matte desert scene. I received a copy of this book from Book Look, but was not required to post a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gobi Gobi, by Dion Leonard, takes place in the Gobi Desert and is about a lonely dog looking for friends. The dog hears a noise and decides to find out what it is. That is when she stumbles upon a race being held in the Gobi Desert. She meets up with Dion, one of the runners, and follows him throughout the seven-day race. Dion falls in love with the dog he later names Gobi. He even helps her across a raging river at one point during the race and lets her sleep with him at night. At the end of the race, Gobi and Dion both realize that they have found a friend for life. I highly recommend this book to all young children. This story contains the message of friendship between a pet dog and a person which is something all pet owners can relate to. The pictures are awesome and really help share the message of love. This book is a must read for all dog lovers. I received this book free from Book Look Bloggers. All ideas are my own.