Publication Date: July 20, 2010
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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.
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.
"Cleverly, tenderly, [Stephens] touches on some big emotions for young readers: loneliness, rejection, sadness and fear. Yet it’s her gentle humor and the characters’ innocence, loyalty and love that triumph. When readers reach the last spread...they will ask for more, again and again. Just dazzling." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“This down-on-his-luck mutt has cuteness in spades” —Booklist"The illustrations are bright and happy, picturing an appealing little mutt with fleas flying over his head. He looks like just the right sort of dog for a boy. An enjoyable story for groups or bedtime sharing." —School Library Journal "Fine writing, an engaging story and appealing art create a winning picture book. Stephens' final page shows her sketches, drawn in a shelter, of the original fleabag. Grade: A-"—Cleveland Plain Dealer "Flynn and his people are not the only lucky, happy people involved in this story, and that is what makes 'Fleabag' a lovable choice."—Florida Times-Union