Published by Feiwel and Friends
Summary: Eli has been Astrid’s canine companion since she came home from the hospital. The summer she is six, Astrid notices that Eli is getting old. She decides to make a bucket list of things for them to do together. Eli rides on Astrid’s bike, gets a bubble bath, and goes to a movie and to a restaurant for spaghetti and meatballs. He enjoys it all, but finally he is too old and tired to do anything but stay home and remember their happy times together. The last page: “Being with Astrid was the only thing left on Eli’s bucket list. It was the only thing that had ever been on Eli’s bucket list.” 32 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: A sweet story, both the text and illustrations. Eli’s thoughts as he is taken from one bucket list item to the next are amusing. Aging and unconditional love are both addressed, but with a light touch.
Cons: If you can read that last page without choking up, you are a stronger person than I am.