As in all the best illustrated children's books, Simont lets his pictures tell the story. We don't have to be told how wrenching it is for the kids to leave Willy behind--we see their small outstretched arms out the car window and the puppy watching them go. Simont doesn't have to tell us that the next Saturday the family is completely preoccupied with the possibility of another Willy sighting. We see the family, silent, munching, and just to the side is a plate of meat they've put out, just in case. Young readers will adore this simple tale of puppy love, but adults will be equally charmed. Simont illustrated his first book in 1939, and since then has illustrated nearly 100 titles, including the 1949 Caldecott Honor Book The Happy Day, by Ruth Krauss and Janice May Udry's A Tree Is Nice, winner of the 1957 Caldecott Medal. This book is our favorite so far of the year! (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This is the last book that we picked out during our trip to the library. I thought the cover looked interesting and figured my son was due for another dog book. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Melissa Robinson
The children in my class LOVED this book. They clearly understood the plot with help from the great illustrations.Published 22 days ago by Kenya
Art 2, Story 2, Ending 2, Overall 2
Coldecott winner? Really? Boring story that has no surprises at all! Yawn. Read more
Great story; great condition; and arrived on time just as advertised.Published 9 months ago by MikaylaSemi