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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 has written over 60 books for young people, many of them award winners and nominees. Home Free, the prequel to Connecting Dots, was nominated for a Governor General's Award, the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, and the Silver Birch Award. She has taught writing for young people to adults and toured the country visiting schools and libraries to talk to young readers. Sharon continues to write and edit from her home in Toronto.
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Ashley Spires is the creator of the award-winning Binky the Space Cat series and has authored and illustrated many picturebooks. Her dog, Gordon, is very pleased that she finally illustrated a book without a cat in it. She lives in Ladner, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.ashleyspires.com.
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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
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's total twist on the boy-meets- dog tale will please those who enjoy the wry and somewhat skewed.

— Kirkus Reviews

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

— Quill & Quire

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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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