Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey meets Dog Heaven in this profoundly beautiful book about the special relationship between kids and dogs, the importance of language, and finding the meaning of life even in its final days.
Poignant, hopeful, and lovingly told, this dog's journey—told by the dog himself in his own unique words—proves that love abides beyond a lifetime, out of sight but never far away.
As a dog and his little girl go on their final walk together, he experiences the sights, smells, and wonders of this world one last time before peacefully passing on. But for such a good boy (oh yes, he is!) and his foreverfriend, that doesn't mean it's the end.
Offering a unique and noteworthy take on death, this book balances the somber topic with a dog's ever-optimistic viewpoint, all woven together with its unconventional yet fitting approach to language.
Family members, librarians, art-lovers, and educators alike will use this book as an accessible and comforting introduction to the ever-difficult topic of death, discussed and related in a new way with hopeful, uplifting, innovative language.
“Stunning, tender, and
brilliant. Readers will laugh and cry—but most of all love.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“[A]s genuinely doggy a
narrative as ever there was . . . Echoing the strong mutual attachment that
underlies every line of this monologue, Chien’s grainy, soft-focus scenes
follow [an] old pooch and a tiny, exuberant child who barely reaches his
shoulder through a woodsy ramble, and then sends the dog on alone, to soar
through bright abstract spaces . . . If there’s a dryeye in the house after
this, check for a pulse.”—Booklist,
“One not to be missed,
this moving, visceral tale is a testament to the bond between a child and pet.
Any person, young or old, who has experienced loss will find this
essential purchase a profound comfort.”—School
Library Journal, starred review
“[The Longest Letsgoboy]
is a perfect storm of tearjerk, with its supple poetry, canine narration, and
picture of loss, but there’s a reassuring message about what we love remaining
a part of us forever that youngsters may find . . . bolstering. . . . Chien’s
mixed-media illustrations . . . tactfully distance the events, and an emphasis
on sunny tones keeps the mood upbeat even amid the sadness. [A] spiritual
complement to the more concrete take[s] on pet succession . . .”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's
Books, starred review