By Susan Boase
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618131754, 32pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2002
Always on the go, to work and to school, and shopping on the weekends, the Gustin family fill their lives with things more important than their little brown dog. So Boy spends most days alone, in the fenced backyard, feeling vaguely unloved and growing fat- until the day he decides to dig himself out. With sensitivity and skill, Susan Boase reminds us that every dog deserves his day- and perhaps, if we are truly fortunate, at day's end, we will find companionship and love.
"The warmth and humor of newcomer Boase's polished prose revitalizes what might otherwise seem a predictable tale, and her sepia pencil drawings underscore the simplicity of her theme. The softly shaded and cross-hatched lines convey the story's innate tenderness." Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Just a quiet, gentle story for one-on-one sharing, especially in families with lucky dogs of their own." Kirkus Reviews