Monday, September 22, 2008

The Dog Who Belonged to No One by Amy Hest

Illustrated by Amy Bates

Abstract: The hard-working daughter of two bakers and a perfectly nice stray dog live lonely lives in the same town, until they meet one very stormy day.

Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2008.


Nick said...

Beautiful, touching story with a rhythm bouncing back and forth between Lia and the dog. The illustrations move with the story beautifully, creating a momentum as a forgotten dog and a lonely girl move toward one another without realizing it. Touching and gorgeous.

Kris said...

I agree with you, Nick, the illustration in this book are beautifully done. The lives of the girl and the dog mirror each other; the illustrator uses color and light very effectively in evoking emotion and warmth (and lack of it).

art4jewel said...

AWESOME! This one is a keeper! I could read this book again and again. The combination of the sweet story and the 'just right' drawings was amazing. I don't know which tugged on my heart more.

I loved this story and loved the illustrations even more. This book will definitely be shared with my students in years to come.

Anonymous said...

On the bad side, this story takes a long time to lead up to a very short and predictable ending. On the good side, it’s still a cute little story anyway. I probably would not use it as part of a curriculum, but I would use it as part of a classroom library so children could choose it and read it. This may be just the book for a young child with an interest in dogs.