A Pug for Christmas

Children & Young Adult, Children's Books, Children's Books Age 8+, Children's Books Friends / Family


A pug miracle


Emil’s family has been turned upside down since Grandpa’s death. And so Emil decides that the only thing that will help them is a big, beautiful, friendly dog. Luckily Christmas is right around the corner, and Emil is a math ace. According to his calculations, the probability that he will get a dog will be around 100% if this is the only wish he makes. However Emil’s parents don’t place much stock in pets - and they obviously understand nothing about math. And this is why Emil soon finds himself secretly hiding an abandoned pug dog in Grandpa’s old room. This pug isn’t big or beautiful, but he knows how to win hearts. And he has his own secret …


  • Marvelously entertaining with emotional depth for girls and boys aged 8+
  • A pug helps a family to deal with mourning
  • Emil and his pug are an endearing and winsome duo
Constanze Klaue

Constanze Klaue studied German literature and jazz vocal performance before she attended the Media Art School in Cologne. These days she works as a freelance writer for film, television and publishing projects. She received the Boje-Baumhaus-B. Water Media Prize for her debut children’s book A Pug for Christmas.

Barbara Jung

Barbara Jung was born in Karlsruhe in 1968. She studied Communication Design at Mainz Polytechnical University. Since completing her degree, she has worked as a freelance illustrator. She lives in Frankfurt am Main.

A Pug for Christmas


A pug miracle


Emil’s family has been turned upside down since Grandpa’s death. And so Emil decides that the only thing that will help them is a big, beautiful, friendly dog. Luckily Christmas is right around the corner, and Emil is a math ace. According to his calculations, the probability that he will get a dog will be around 100% if this is the only wish he makes. However Emil’s parents don’t place much stock in pets - and they obviously understand nothing about math. And this is why Emil soon finds himself secretly hiding an abandoned pug dog in Grandpa’s old room. This pug isn’t big or beautiful, but he knows how to win hearts. And he has his own secret …


  • Marvelously entertaining with emotional depth for girls and boys aged 8+
  • A pug helps a family to deal with mourning
  • Emil and his pug are an endearing and winsome duo
Bibliographic Data
272 pages, ISBN: 978-3-423-76301-1
First published 2020