Cute alert! I am pretty sure that if you are an animal lover this will leave you with an “aw” feeling!
Written by Amy Hest and Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Published by Candlewick Press, 2012,
Themes: Puppies, first night at new home, rules, pets
Reviewed from library copy.
Opening (page 3)/Synopsis:
This home. That’s what I told Charley when we got home. And I showed him all the rooms including my room…. “This is home.” I said that a lot so Charley could know he was home.
This is a sweet, warm story of a puppy’s first night with his new family. Henry Korn brought his new puppy, Charley, home wrapped in a blanket, that first, snowy night and showed Charley around. With some lovely repetitive text, Hest describes that Henry’s parents make it clear who will be responsible for feeding an walking the new pup, AND where Charley would be expected to sleep – in the kitchen, much to Henry’s disappointment.
“Charley wants to sleep in my room,” I said.
“Charley will be sleeping in the kitchen,” They said.
Henry makes Charley very comfortable under the kitchen table and heads up to his bedroom. The first yelps start around midnight, and let’s just say, you’ll need to read the story to find out where Charley sleeps that first night!
Why I like this Book:
From the front cover illustration I bet you have already all fallen in love with Henry and Charley, right? Helen Oxenbury does butter-wouldn’t-melt cute puppy to perfection in this story, and the text and adorable artwork have you wanting to give in to Charley from his entrance into the Korn household. Any child who has had, or begged for, a puppy, will jump gleefully over this sweet tale.
This story describes that innocent tender bond a child has with its first pet – that desire to make this the perfect home, especially on that first scary night, for the new pup. The language is simple and that and the story line will appeal to even very young children.
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