Bone Dog Hardcover – Jul 19 2011
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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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
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.
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