Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fleabag by Helen Stephens

Overview from Barnes and Noble:
A boy without a dog and a dog without a boy meet each other in the park. But the boy’s big people don’t approve of the friendship. The dog is dirty! And he has FLEAS! Will these two friends be able to find a home together?

Helen Stephens's timeless, kid-friendly art makes this heartwarming story a winner for anyone who's ever loved a dog.

My thoughts:
I loved the illustrations in this book.  They are done in a way that reminds me of picture books when I was little, I can't even put my finger on quite what it is about them, but they seem like classic drawings.  The story is touching as well.  This little dog is lonely and wants to belong to a family, but everyone always turns away from him because he is dirty and has fleas.  He never loses his hope though and finds a family of his own by doing the right thing.

•Pub. Date: July 2010
•Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
•Format: Hardcover , 32pp
•Age Range: 4 to 8
•ISBN-13: 9780805089752
•ISBN: 0805089756

Meet The Author
Helen Stephens likes to draw in a sketch book everyday, and often these sketch book drawings lead to new picture book ideas. 'Fleabag' was inspired by a trip to Battersea Dogs Home. Helen studied illustration at Glasgow School of Art and has worked as a freelance illustrator and as an editorial illustrator. She lives in London.

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