Can I Be Your Dog? (Hardcover)

By Troy Cummings

Random House Books for Young Readers, 9780399554520, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 13, 2018

List Price: 16.99*
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Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List

“This is just the sweetest dog story - without making your teeth hurt. It has a wonderful dog, funny people, and a great ending. I couldn't ask for more.”
— Anne Whalen, Barrington Books, Barrington, RI
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A heart-tugging dog adoption story told through letters--deeply sincere and almost desperate pleas for a forever home--from the dog, himself

This picture book shares the tale of Arfy, a homeless mutt who lives in a box in an alley. Arfy writes to every person on Butternut Street about what a great pet he'd make. His letters to prospective owners share that he's house broken He has his own squeaky bone He can learn to live with cats But, no one wants him. Won't anyone open their heart--and home--to a lonesome dog? Readers will be happily surprised to learn just who steps up to adopt Arfy.

Troy Cummings's hilarious and touching story is a perfect gift for a child wanting a dog, and for pet adoption advocates. It also showcases many different styles of letter writing, making it appealing to parents and teachers looking to teach the lost art of written communication.

About the Author

TROY CUMMINGS has written and illustrated a pile of picture books, including The Eensy Weensy Spider Freaks Out! (Big-Time!), Little Red Gliding Hood (written by Tara Lazar), and The Notebook of Doom chapter book series. In addition to books, Troy's illustrations have appeared on: * Animated backdrops for an opera * A package of fish sticks * Jigsaw puzzles * iPad pop-up books * A poster warning people about germs * A poster warning people about a film festival * A cookbook for dogs * A thing for the humane society * A card game about hiking * Newspapers, magazines and greeting cardsHe lives in Greencastle, Indiana with his wife and kids. Dig up more of Troy's work at