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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (July 19 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596431504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596431508
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 1 x 24.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #805,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“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

About the Author

Eric Rohmann won the Caldecott Medal for My Friend Rabbit, and a Caldecott Honor for Time Flies. He is also the author and illustrator of Clara and Asha, A Kitten Tale, and The Cinder-Eyed Cats, among other books for children. He has illustrated many other books, including Last Song, based on a poem by James Guthrie, and has created book jackets for a number of novels, including His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman.
Rohmann was born in Riverside, Illinois in 1957. He grew up in Downers Grove, a suburb of Chicago. As a boy, he played Little League baseball, read comic books, and collected rocks and minerals, insects, leaves, and animal skulls.
Rohmann has his BS in Art and an MS in Studio Art from Illinois State University, and an MFA in Printmaking/Fine Bookmaking from Arizona State University. He also studied Anthropology and Biology. He taught printmaking, painting, and fine bookmaking at Belvoir Terrace in Massachusettes and introductory drawing, fine bookmaking, and printmaking at St. Olaf College in Minnesota.
He lives in a suburb of Chicago.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x999cfe7c) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99ac2618) out of 5 stars A halloween book with a real message Oct. 21 2011
By Inga - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you're tired of the run of the mill empty Halloween books and looking for a better Halloween book for your child, one that actually has a story and something to think about after you finish it, go for this one.
Some adults might find it macabre, but children tend to have different views on life and dead. It's a good book for every child that has to deal with the dead of a loved one, be it animal or human, and will help them process that loss. It's about life and dead, and friendship that transcends dead and how the deceased actually live on in the memory of the living.

We donated this book to my son's class (1st grade) library for his birthday, his teacher loved it and it's a big hit with the children and their parents.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99ac287c) out of 5 stars A Powerful Story of Friendship Feb. 3 2012
By Young Mensan BookParade - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This story is about a boy and his dog named Ella. The dog is old and knows she will not be around much longer. So Ella makes a promise that whatever happens, he'll always be there for the boy. After the dog is gone, the boy feels sad. When Halloween comes, he trick or treats anyway. Then he gets surrounded by skeletons. Next, Ella comes back as a bone dog. Together, the boy and Ella howl into the night which makes live dogs come to the rescue of the boy. Then Ella and the boy sit under the moon and the dog makes the promise again to always be there for the boy.

Other children would enjoy this book because the dog saves the day and keeps his promise to the boy.

My favorite part was when all of the live dogs follow the boy home at the end of story. I like this because the story ends with the boy having lots of dogs to be friends with and now he doesn't have to be sad anymore.

Children ages 4 - 8 would like this book, but some may be a little bit afraid of the skeletons. Both boys and girls would enjoy this book.

This is a powerful story of friendship, and anyone who likes stories where someone saves the day will enjoy this book.

Reviewed by Young Mensan Hayden, age 4
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a2a5b8) out of 5 stars Beautiful Story for a Harsh Reality May 31 2012
By TXFireFighter - Published on
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I bought this book early. When I say early, I mean that our little boy wasn't even one-year-old when I bought it. We have three dogs that he is getting to grow up with. We know that the inevitable will happpen; our 10-year-old retired racing Greyhound (a lovable, gentle giant that makes our son smile) probably won't live to see him head-off to Kindergarten. Our furry middle child is only four years younger than the Grey.

All that being said, we want our son to be prepared to face the inevitable. It's a harsh reality that our "best friend" won't always be there for us, but it's a reality that can't be avoided. The days of Fido "going off to the farm" have long gone in today's information age. We hope this book, along with a few others, will present the topic of death to him in a manner that he can grasp. The little bit of humor at the end is cute. I enjoyed reading this book, and I know our son will too when the time comes.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a2cdb0) out of 5 stars A little miracle of a book! Nov. 25 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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When I recently read Caldecott winner Eric Rohmann's new book, BONE DOG, I was blown away by it! It is the perfect pairing of two stories: a boy's loss of his beloved pet, and a Halloween adventure. (Not a combination that I would have thought of!) Rohmann has worked a minor miracle here. The book manages to be both deeply touching, fun and also a wee bit frightening--as any Halloween story should be. A totally absorbing book with his beautiful artwork, as well. There is a very short interview with Eric at my site at:[...]. Buy the book, and enjoy! (For ages 4-10.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a2d498) out of 5 stars Excellent book for First Graders Nov. 25 2011
By Patricia N. Earle - Published on
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Bone Dog is a lovely story about the love of a boy and his dog..It touched on death but in a subtle and sensitive manner. The skeletons are not as scary as they are funny.. perfect story for Halloween.