Two of our most beloved picture book creators team up to tell a classic story of a child, his new puppy, and a first night home.
On Charley’s first night, Henry carries his new puppy in his old baby blanket all the way to his house. He shows Charley every room, saying, "This is home, Charley." He says that a lot so that Charley will know that he is home. Henry’s parents are very clear about who will be walking and feeding Charley (Henry will, and he can’t wait). They are also very clear about where Charley will be sleeping: Charley will be sleeping in the kitchen. But when the crying starts in the middle of the night, Henry knows right away that it’s Charley! And it looks like his parents’ idea about where Charley is going to sleep may have to change. With warmth, humor, and endearing simplicity, Amy Hest tells a tale familiar to everyone who has loved a puppy, while Helen Oxenbury renders each tender gesture and charming detail in a beauty of a book that children will be eager to take home.
About Amy Hest
Amy Hest is a three-time winner of the Christopher Medal and winner of the BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Award. She lives in New York City.
A book sure to be instantly beloved —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
With a design as soft and lovely as its message, it will be tough to keep children from heading out in the snow, looking for their own Charley. —Booklist (starred review)
This gentle tale is the ideal gift for a new dog owner and every dog lover. —Shelf Awareness
An unsentimental, yet adorable, recasting of an ever-reliable theme. —Horn Book