Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Summary: When a girl finds a new puppy in this wordless picture book, she is delighted. There are signs all around (empty dog dish, photo, and a missing poster on her bulletin board) of Prudence, a beloved dog that she has lost. But she begins to bond with the new dog, and the illustrations show them playing, wrestling, and taking a trip to the pet store for a new leash. On the way home, though, she sees a sign for a lost dog with a picture that is unmistakably her new friend. After a night of soul-searching, she takes the dog back to his original owner, a boy who looks to be about her age. She starts home dejectedly, but her route takes her past the animal shelter. There in the window, a dog is looking out at her. The last picture shows them gazing happily at each other through the window, her hand and his paw against the glass. 48 pages; ages 4-10.
Pros: The story is simple, but powerful. Kids will be able to identify the emotions from the girl’s expressions and body language, and can use clues from the illustrations to figure out what’s gone on in the past. They will learn about love, loss, and moving forward again.
Cons: 2018 seems to be the year of heartbreaking dog stories. Laura Seeger, Brian Lies, and Jeff Newman: are you trying to kill me?
3 thoughts on “Found by Jeff Newman and Larry Day”
Dog – and horse – stories are just brutal! This one carries on that tradition…
I have Brian Lies’ book, can’t wait to see the other two, thank you. Last year’s “Stay: A girl, a dog and a bucket list” by Kate Klise was so heartfelt (tear-jerker) – its my favorite! Definitely lots of special dog books to enjoy.
Yes! I thought of “Stay”, too, when I was writing this review! I love that book!