Ella and Sam had a special place for eating biscuits. Almost nobody could find them there. Nobody except...
Gordon!
Ella and Sam loved Gordon.

Gordon had a very good nose. It was black and cold and shiny and could smell biscuits from three blocks away.

Gordon
loved biscuits.
Ella and Sam loved bicuits too. Chocolate biscuits, sugar biscuits, peppermint biscuits, butter biscuits, liquorice biscuits, pumpkin biscuits and banana biscuits with cherries on top.
It didn't matter what kind they were.

Gordon also loved the park! I had a lot of fun creating my own park! Have a look at the fountain, and the bubbler (drinking fountain) for tall visitors, and see if you can find three guinea pigs. If you THINK you've found them you haven't, if you KNOW you have, you have.

But one day there was a new man at the park and there were new signs saying NO DOGS. Gordon was miserable.

Ella and Sam try to cheer Gordon up...but what plan is it that they and their friends come up with to help Gordon? And why must he keep his eyes closed??!!

You'll just have to read and find out!

This book was first published in 1996 by HarperCollins, and for Gordon's 10th birthday a new edition was published by Penguin, in 2006.

I've tried to create a book which uses tasty language as well as detailed and fun illustrations. Little people have loved it because they love Gordon and biscuits, and older kids have enjoyed discovering and rediscovering all of the little details and parallel stories woven into the book. The new edition has clues printed around the edges of the endpapers...clues to all sorts of extra tidbits to find.

Gordon was based upon a sweet little scruffy dog I used to have called Meg, whose fur seemed to reflect her mood. Have a look at Gordon to see what his fur does. She also had little tassels on her ears which Gordon inherited.

I've been apologised to by people who say their copy is dog-eared, and I tell them that's the greatest compliment you can pay an author! Others have said their child was allowed one or two books on a trip and they chose Gordon, others have told me they have had to read it over and over. My (delighted) apologies...although luckily parents seem to enjoy it too.

Teachers have had fun getting their younger pupils to make biscuits, either real or made from various craft materials. Or giant hairy Gordons.

Other teachers had their kids make their own crazy miniature parks. They were wonderful.

One school I visited performed the book as a play, with different characters handing Sam and Ella a paper bag representing their contribution. Incidentally, I originally called the kids Sam and Ella (our neighbour and my daughter who used to play together) but the publisher was afraid the closeness to Salmonella (which was intentional) would be frowned upon (!) so the names were used in reverse order.

In the first edition I wasn't allowed to say Gordon "scrinched" his eyes tight to keep them closed, because it wasn't a real word (which my spellchecker is telling me too...but in 1996 was "spellchecker" a word?) . I argued that everybody would know exactly what it meant and that it told the story better than "squeezed"...and I was glad to be able to use it in the new version. These are the fascinating behind-the-scenes bits and pieces that you'd never suspect by looking at a book but which probably every book has in its background.




Making Gordon's Biscuit
Gordon loved lumpy biscuits, fluffy biscuits, chewy biscuits, squishy biscuits, dainty biscuits, sticky biscuits, and biscuits shaped like animals in the zoo.
It didn't matter what kind they were.
Gordon loved biscuits.