Sunday, October 21, 2012
Book Review - Charley's First Night
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 the Author
Amy Hest is the author of many beloved and award-winning picture books, including Kiss Good Night, illustrated by Anita Jeram, and When Jessie Came Across the Sea, illustrated by P.J. Lynch. Amy Hest lives in New York City.
Helen Oxenbury is the illustrator of many well-loved books, including most recently There’s Going to Be a Baby, written by her husband, John Burningham. Helen Oxenbury lives in London.
My Take on the Book
If you have ever had a new puppy in your house,you may have experienced some of the same situations that Henry did as he brought his new puppy , Charley , home. As you read the story, you will learn that Henry found Charley felt safe and happy in Henry's bedroom and not the kitchen. It is easy to see in such a short that Charley and Henry have established a special bond and will be life long friends with lots of love.
This is a sweet story by Amy Hest. She seems to write from experience about bringing a new puppy home: the joys of pet ownership and the challenges in helping the little animal feel safe, secure and loved.
Helen Oxenbury's illustrations fit perfectly into the book's theme. They are beautifully detailed and show the love Charley and Henry share.
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