Walker & Company, Hardcover, 9780802721907, 175pp.
Publication Date: September 2010
Alfie's your average deer hound puppy curious about the world around him, happy to chase the cat and laze around in his favorite beanbag bed, and very loyal to his boy, Charlie. So he's extremely upset when Charlie goes away and leaves him with a sitter upset enough that he escapes into the woods. With the help of some friendly foxes, Alfie learns to live in the wild, but he never stops thinking of Charlie and trying to find his way home. And Charlie, of course, never stops thinking of Alfie, either. Will these two be able to find each other before it's too late? Featuring irresistible black-and-white line drawings on every spread, "Dear Hound" is both an accessible, heartwarming story and the perfect choice for readers graduating out of early chapter books.