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published: Feb 2010
ISBN:9781554534401
publisher: Kids Can Press

C'mere, Boy!

by Sharon Jennings, illustrated by Ashley Spires

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humorous stories, dogs, pets
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list price: $18.95
edition:Hardcover
published: Feb 2010
ISBN:9781554534401
publisher: Kids Can Press
Description

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 is an award-winning author of many books for young people, including C'mere, Boy! and Bearcub and Mama, a finalist for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. Sharon lives in Toronto.
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Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including Small Saul and the Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat and was shortlisted for a Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and an Eisner Award for Binky Under Pressure. Ashley currently lives in British Columbia.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
3 to 7
Grade:
p to 2
Awards
  • Short-listed, Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association

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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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