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Children's Fiction Pets

Hey, Boy

by (author) Benjamin Strouse

illustrated by Jennifer Phelan

Margaret K. McElderry Books
Initial publish date
May 2017
Pets, Friendship, Dogs
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2017
    List Price
    $10.99 USD
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2017
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
  • Reading age: 4 to 8


A New York Times Notable Children’s Book

In the classic style of The Giving Tree comes a touching debut picture book about the unfaltering love between a boy and his pet.

One day a boy finds a dog. He takes him home, already dreaming of the adventures they will have and the games they will play.
But when the boy gets hurt, he and his new best friend are separated. Will the boy be able to grow up quickly enough to get his furry companion back, or will life keep getting in the way?
With dreamily spare text and sweeping yet simple illustrations, Hey, Boy is a reminder that true friends always find their way home to each other.

About the authors

Benjamin Strouse, who grew up in New York City, found his first dog, Ralph, in Anchorage, Alaska. Benjamin has worked as a lawyer, producer, and musical theater composer, and lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, where he takes his current dog, Phil, his wife, and twin boys on as many adventures as possible. For more about Ben visit 

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Jennifer Phelan is a soulful visual communicator. She finds magic in the understated details surrounding her sense of place. Home informs her creative identity and her vision whether in a suburb, a forest enclave community or the pedestrian and pet friendly Toronto Junction neighborhood, where she now lives with her artist husband Gleb and their two cats. Jennifer is an award-winning illustrator with published works in American Illustration, 3x3, and Creative QuarterlyHey, Boy is her first children’s book. See more at:

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Editorial Reviews

"A bittersweet story of love and loss, reconciliation and aging."

April 1, 2017

"The messages of patience, love, and loyalty continue to the end....Like a new old friend, it's sure to be a book worth revisiting."

June 18, 2017

* "Strouse and Phelan perfectly complement each other in this meditation on the passage of time...The two channel Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree....Luminous."

March 2017

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