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Dog Days of Summer

posted by: August 9, 2017 - 12:00am

Cover Art for Hey Boy Two new moving picture books depict expressive child and canine relationships. In Hey, Boy by Benjamin Strouse and illustrated by Jennifer Phelan, a young boy adopts a stray, but his family soon realizes the responsibilities are too much. The dog remains in the boy’s life, though, adopted by another couple living nearby. As boy and dog age, their relationship evolves, until another change reconnects the (now) young man and his (now) old friend. Phelan’s background as a graphic designer is evident in her stylized illustrations and use of generous white space on each page.

 

 

Cover Art for Stay Kate Klise’s Stay: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List is illustrated by her equally talented sister, M. Sarah Klise. Eli, a shaggy white and gray pooch has known Astrid ever since her parents brought the newborn home from the hospital. The two have been inseparable, sharing their lives and space together as they age. One day, Astrid notices that Eli’s fur is turning whiter, and he isn’t as quick on his paws as she remembers. She creates a bucket list of things that they will do before Eli becomes too old, and they ride a bike together, enjoy plates of spaghetti and meatballs, and simply sit and stare at the sunset. The illustrations are child-friendly and clearly show the aging process that both girl and dog must accept. Thankfully, neither book ends in tragedy, but both set the stage for helpful discussions between adults and children about the limited lifespans of our furry companions.     
 


 
 

Revised: August 9, 2017