My review of Laughter Lines Life from the Tail End by Sue Vincent

Laughter lines

What Amazon says

Take a life with a small dog in tow, add a dash of red hair dye, a selection of crumbling biscuits and a passion for recitable verse… The result is a recipe for laughter. Sue Vincent shares her world in verse.

My review

Michael and I are firm Ani addicts so another whole book about Ani’s antics is a real treat. The goings on of Ani’s two legs, sets Michael off into gales of laughter so we are really happy to read about the trials and tribulations of “Her” too.

The book is written in rhyming verse and tells all sorts of tales. To coin a phrase, Ani says:

“The time has come,” the doglet said,

“to talk of many things;

Of tennis balls and squeaky ducks,

and sneaky bees with stings; …”

In this book, Laughter Lies, Life from the Tail End, you will meet some of Ani’s friends, OR NOT:

The cat likes to sit on the roof of the shed

While the dog views this as an intrusion,

It’s all fur and teeth

As the dog growls beneath

And the birds flutter round in confusion.

We get some insights into Ani’s diet:

Its cream cheese and crackers for me and the dog,

While I’m more the epicure… she’s just a hog…


Me and the dog had a sandwich for brunch

(Well, for me it was breakfast, for her it was lunch.)


The ham disappeared without leaving a trace

Except for the grin upon one small dog’s face.

So if you like to enjoy life and have a good giggle, pick up this delightful book of light-hearted poems and jump right in. There are also some lovely photographs in the book for the reader to enjoy.

Follow the link to read my review of Notes from a small dog: Four legs on two by Sue Vincent

Amazon reviews

5 star review by Judy Martin:

Excellent read. It certainly had me laughing on every page.
I thought I would try something different

Not something I usually do

But I have just read a fabulous book

And I wanted to write a review!

If you enjoy a great poem

And love to have a good laugh

Then you will love Ani’s antics

To get out of having a bath!

If legends are more to your fancy

St George and the dragon – the truth

To slay it takes one feisty princess

Not some weak, callow youth!

Do you have a sense of adventure?

To do what very few dare

Stand out from the crowd and be noticed

With vibrant red pillar box hair!

These stories are just a selection

In the book there are tales of all kinds

So I urge you to read it

Sue’s brilliant book, Laughter Lines!

5 star Amazon review by KL Caley

This is a fantastic book full of uplifting stories that entice you in from the first page and capture the readers’ imagination quickly. I fell in love with Ani after reading Notes from a Small Dog. So it was great to catch up with both Ani and Sue’s adventures in this poetic sequel.

This book is all about fun and some of the stories will stick with me a long time, particularly adored the St George story and can imagine telling that to grandchildren. Ani of course, is marvellous as the star of the show in her tales. I found Vincent’s writing style very easy and enjoyable to read. Highly recommend it.

About Sue Vincent

 Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire born writer currently living in the south of England, largely due to an unfortunate incident with a map, a pin and a blindfold. Raised in a spiritually eclectic family she has always had an unorthodox view on life, particularly the inner life, which is often reflected in her writing, poetry and paintings.

She maintains a popular blog, and is currently owned by a small dog who also blogs and whose own book, “Notes from a Small Dog,” is a bid to raise funds to buy an automatic tennis ball launcher.

Sue lived in France for several years, sharing a Bohemian lifestyle and writing songs before returning to England where the youngest of her two sons was born. She began writing and teaching online several years ago, and was invited to collaborate with Dr G Michael Vasey on their book, “The Mystical Hexagram: The Seven Inner Stars of Power” (Datura Press).

Since then she has published a number of books, beginning with “Sword of Destiny”, a magical tale set in the ancient landscape of Yorkshire. Her retelling of the Egyptian myths, “The Osiriad”, came shortly afterwards along with the Triad of Albion – “The Initiate”, “Heart of Albion” and “Giants Dance” in collaboration with Stuart France. These books tell a factual tale in a fictional manner, that is at once a journey into the landscape, myth and iconography of Albion and the story of a growing and rather oddball friendship.

France and Vincent are now working on the last of the three books in the Doomsday series.

Sue, along with Steve Tanham and Stuart France, is a Director of the Silent Eye School of Consciousness, an international modern Mystery School that seeks to allow its students to find the inherent magic in living and being.

Find Sue Vincent and purchase her books




Twitter: @SCVincent



Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series






45 thoughts on “My review of Laughter Lines Life from the Tail End by Sue Vincent

  1. Loved reading this, Robbie. I, too, am an unabashed Ani fan (as is my blogging Shih Tzu, TinkerToy), and “we” have read many of Ani’s poems on Sue’s blog. Loved the lines you offered above!
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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  2. We thank you so much
    Both the small dog and I,
    (The small dog is snoring,
    But woke to say ‘Hi’.)
    We thank you so much
    For the smashing review.
    We’re glad you enjoyed it,
    Both Michael and you 🙂

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  3. Great review Robbie you really brought out the strength of Sue’s humourous rhymes the book has to offer. You should be very proud of the review and Sue of her gift with words and rhyme.

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