The DILO Collection by HORACE DOBBS
The Dilo books are written in an easy-to read style for children age 7-11. Reviews indicate that these enthralling adventure tales are also greatly enjoyed by adults who often find some surprising facts hidden within them.
The books, size 14.5x21cm, approximately 100 plus pages in length are illustrated throughout with black and white pen drawings in his inimitable style by highly acclaimed marine artist Rico Oldfield.
Although the books follow a sequence each one is a complete story in itself and can be read separately.
The first book in the series, Dilo and the Call of the Deep, introduces Dilo the dolphin. Dilo's mother looses her companions in a mysterious tragedy. She brings up Dilo on her own. Her son becomes her best friend. The book reveals the joys and perils of the undersea world as seen through the eyes and mind of a curious, mischievous young dolphin.
Dilo Makes Friends sees the arrival of "The Terrible Twins", Robin and Debra, to spend a holiday with their uncle Pat, Boka his dog, Sprat his cat. And Postie - the postman. After a frightening start Debra develops a very close friendship with Dilo the dolphin who swims beneath the lighthouse where the children are staying.
What happens when humans get gold fever is the theme for Dilo and the Treasure Hunters. Dilo gets into dire peril when villains use explosives to get at sunken treasure.
In Dilo and the Witch of Black Rock the reader finds out what it feels like for a dolphin, accustomed to being free in the open sea, to be captured and imprisoned in a dolphinarium. After his release by the Terrible Twins Dilo meets up with them again in Dilo in Lighthouse Bay where a fire on a huge oil rig puts him in mortal danger.
When his mother dies, Dilo wants to go with her into the next world. The ghost dolphins who come to escort her tell Dilo he can't go. He has a mission. And that is why he has a star on his dorsal fin.
At night when Dilo sees the Dolphin Constellation of stars in the heavens he knows that the spirit of his mother is always with him wherever he goes.