Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596431508, 32pp.
Publication Date: July 19, 2011
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.
“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