goodbye hobbs

Merlin won’t go out. Not without his best friend Hobbs.

Join Merlin as he goes on an adventure to learn how to say ‘Goodbye Hobbs’.⁠

A story of what it means to love and lose a friend, and to find reasons to go for a walk again.

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Q & A with Emma and Josephine:
Goodbye Hobbs Q&A with Emma Bettridge and Josephine Birch – Graffeg Books

Podcast interview for Equilogical podcast – listen HERE


‘This touching book is a must’ Sally MorrisDaily Mail choice of this year’s Children’s books 2022

‘(a) marvellous book. I love it!’ Monty Don

‘Author Emma Bettridge captures Merlin’s childlike spirit, curiosity and longing’ Maria Hodson for BBC Countryfile Magazine.

‘This would be a brilliant book to sensitively explore the idea of death and dying with all children – every teacher I have shown this to has had a tear in their eye by the end of the book.’ Mary-Rose Grieve, Just Imagine.

‘Goodbye Hobbs is an absolute joy to read aloud and a joy to look at – the design, the text layout, the illustrations… this book has a wonderful rhythm to the words and Josephine’s artwork is full of movement and fluidity like the wistful smells the main character chases.’ Clare Helen Welsh, Books That Help

‘An amazing story one that I recommend children reading as it might help them come to terms when grief strikes after an animal passes away.’ BookRead2Day

‘Quiet, meaningful, filled with feeling…a book that helps you find reasons to go for a walk again. Beautiful.’ Mary Esther Judy, FallenStar Stories

‘The illustrations are beautiful, perfectly capturing the whispers of memories in the trees.’ It’s All About Stories

BBC Countryfile Magazine review

Learning to Say Goodbye….Goodbye, Hobbs – FallenStar Stories (


Goodbye Hobbs | Red Reading Hub – Jillrbennett’s Reviews of Children’s Books

More about books review – Catherine Larner

Primary Times Devon recommendation and review

Lovereading4kids review

Booktrust review

Daily Mail review

Just imagine review

The Strawberry Post Review