Publication Date: July 19, 2011
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One of "School Library Journal"'s Best Picture Books of 2011
One of "Horn Book"'s Best Picture Books of 2011
Ghost dogs and skeletons in a tall tale with a tender heart from the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of "My Friend Rabbit."
Gus doesn't feel like doing much after his dog Ella dies. He doesn't really even feel like dressing up for Halloween. But when Gus runs into a bunch of rowdy skeletons, it's Ella--his very own Bone dog--who comes to his aid, and together they put those skeletons in their place. A book about friendship, loss, and a delightfully spooky Halloween.
Lois Lowry is known for her versatility and invention as a writer. She was born in Hawaii and grew up in New York, Pennsylvania, and Japan. After several years at Brown University, she turned to her family and to writing. She is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader's Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award. Ms. Lowry now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at www.loislowry.com.
“Several moments border on frightening, but this is ultimately a tender look at love’s never-ending reach.” --Booklist “On Halloween night the ghost of a little boy’s dog returns to help him combat some bossy skeletons. It’s by turns spooky and heartwarming.” --People “…dog lovers will likely delight in this quiet story of a dog’s devotion even beyond the grave.” --BCCB "Sometimes scary, often funny and ultimately heartwarming, Rohmann’s tale successfully balances a tight text full of tough emotions with clear images of an everlasting friendship." --Kirkus STARRED “Sad, spooky, and comforting by turns, this deceptively simple approach to the loss of a pet quickens and gladdens the heart.” --School Library Journal "It's an offbeat mixture of humor and sadness…Some may find the sight of Ella as a skeleton off-putting; others will find comfort in the idea that a dog's loyalty transcends death.” --Publishers Weekly