After losing their own beloved pet, a young child finds and returns a lost puppy in this wordless picture book from Newman and Day.
On a rainy night, a forlorn pup wanders into a young child’s view. The child doesn’t hesitate to bring the little dog inside, and once the two are safe and dry inside, photos on the wall and a few abandoned dog toys reveal that the child has lost their own dog. The friendship between the pair is tentative at first, but as the little dog sweetly persists, the child’s reticence melts away. But no sooner does the pair begin to bond than they come upon a flier with the pup’s picture, and reluctantly the child gives up and returns their new friend. The quiet in this picture book goes far beyond a simple absence of words. The beautifully and visually crafted hush is a wellspring of emotion: the agony of loss, the exuberance of a sudden friendship, the resignation of a hard decision, and finally the guarded hope of a new beginning. Day’s ink-and-watercolor illustrations shape the story and capture feeling—that most elusive of narrative dimensions—in effortless sequences of movement and masterful use of color and perspective. The child has fluffy, black hair and paper-white skin.
A story that will break hearts so it can put them back together. (Picture book. 3-7)