Thursday, December 5, 2013

Charley's First Night by Amy Hest

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Charley's First Night
by Amy Hest
illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Candlewick Press
Library 
October 2012



Book Jacket Summary
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.
 
My Thoughts
There is cute and then there is melt your heart cute... I hate to break it to you but this is the melt your heart kind of cute. Henry loves his new little puppy, Charley. Henry will be taking Charley on walks, feeding him, and leaving him in the kitchen to sleep through the night. Spoilers- Charley does not end up sleeping in the kitchen but in Henry's big soft bed. 
The illustrations are top notch and each page has a border around it; making it feel softer and sleepy. The pencil and watercolor also give this book a softer feel and it would be the perfect book to read at bedtime with a puppy snuggled under the covers. Very cute winter book to add to your collection.  

Book Pairings
Fleabag by Helen Stephens
Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates 
The Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle 


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