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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

C'mere, Boy!

by (author) Sharon Jennings

illustrated by Ashley Spires

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2010
Humorous Stories, Pets, Dogs
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2010
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2


Dog wants his very own boy. Though Mama warns him that a boy takes a lot of work, Dog is determined to find the perfect boy for him. Dog's search takes him from the pooch spa to the mall to the park, but none of the boys smell quite right. Finally, in an unexpected place, a promising-looking boy appears. Will Dog be able to train him?

C'mere, Boy! is a funny and fetching twist on the traditional “boy wants dog” story.

About the authors

Sharon Jennings has been published for 27 years. She is the author of over 70 books for young people – board books, picture books, reluctant reads, novels – many of which have been nominated for numerous awards and even won a few! Her middle grade novel Home Free was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, The Silver Birch Award, and the TD Award. Her latest books are Connecting Dots, a completely true work of fiction about a girl’s terrible, horrible life, and The Warning, a completely true collection of stories about the supernatural. Sharon is very involved with her community, serving as a Board Member of The Canadian Children’s Book Centre, and is a three term President of The Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP).

Sharon Jennings' profile page


Ashley Spires est diplômé de l'Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design. Artiste touche à tout, elle a créé des sites Internet, des livres et des marionnettes. Elle est auteure et illustratrice de plusieurs livres dont Quel génie!, la série Basile le chat de l'espace,Petit Paul, Chien recherche garçon et André est débordé. Ashley a également illustré Le Labo des malins par Shar Levine et Leslie Johnstone. Elle vit à Delta, en Colombie-Britannique.


Ashley Spires earned her BFA at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and went on to earn a graduate diploma in illustration from Sheridan College. She is also the illustrator of Binky the Space Cat. Ashley lives in British Columbia, but you can find her at

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  • Short-listed, Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association

Editorial Reviews

Pictures in ink, watercolour and collage by Saskatoon artist Ashley Spires are cute and appropriate. Good for young pet lovers aged 3-7.

Winnipeg Free Press

Jennings has penned a tale that will instill in children the joys of growing up in a loving family.

Quill & Quire

Jennings's total twist on the boy-meets- dog tale will please those who enjoy the wry and somewhat skewed.

Kirkus Reviews

Librarian Reviews

C’mere Boy!

Not deterred by his mother’s warnings about pets, Dog longs for a boy and perseveres in his search for one with just the right size and smell. While on the trail of this elusive boy, Dog is captured by the dogcatcher and taken to the pound. After a lonely time he is adopted by a young boy who meets his criteria and Dog, believing he has chosen the boy, goes home with him. There, he proceeds to ‘train’ Boy to stoop and scoop, play fetch and go for walks.

Sharon Jennings has a background in language and dramatic arts and is a prolific and popular author of many children’s books. Her text is spare with good pace and anticipatory tension. Children will enjoy the anthropomorphized world of Dog and relate to his yearnings for a pet. They will share Dog’s anticipation and excitement and will revel in the humorous reversal of a familiar situation.

Illustrator Ashley Spires studied at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and has been nominated for several awards for her previous children’s books. Her cartoon-style illustrations in muted shades of browns, grays and greens are worked in ink, watercolor and digital collage. The style of artwork does not fully capture the emotion and vigour of the story but otherwise it is well balanced, accurately reflecting the action of the story and including many whimsical details that intrigue. As an additional item for most library collections C’mere Boy would make a good read-aloud for story time.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2010. Vol.33 No.2.

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