From Publishers Weekly
In a starred review, PW wrote, "This realistic picture book about loving and losing a first pet will likely join the ranks of Judith Viorst's The Tenth Good Thing About Barney with its unsentimental, honest approach." Ages 4-8.
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3-This bibliotherapeutic picture book is a solid entry in the field of titles that deal with the death of a pet. Mike's family adopts Jack from a shelter when he is already eight-years-old ("That's fifty-six in dog years"). As the boy grows older, Jack is always an important part of his life-meeting him after school, accompanying him trick-or-treating, or romping with him in the park. In double-paged watercolor spreads, DiSalvo-Ryan shows the fun of an active dog as well as the gradual decline of the aged animal. When Jack dies, the boy and his parents hug one another and cry together. The usual questions are asked and answered. Mike conveys his lingering sorrow as he sees other healthy dogs after Jack's burial but expresses the conviction that his family will someday adopt another pet even though "there will never be another dog like Jack." In addition to DiSalvo-Ryan's skill at showing a family's life over time, a strength of this book is the epilogue, "Losing a Pet," which offers suggestions for coping with this situation.Sue Sherif, Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library, AK
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