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Dear Hound

Dear Hound

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by Jill Murphy
     
 

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Alfie's your average deer hound puppy-curious about the world around him, happy to chase the cat and laze around in his favorite beanbag bed, and very loyal to his boy, Charlie. So he's extremely upset when Charlie goes away and leaves him with a sitter-upset enough that he escapes into the woods. With the help of some friendly foxes, Alfie learns to live in the wild,

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Alfie's your average deer hound puppy-curious about the world around him, happy to chase the cat and laze around in his favorite beanbag bed, and very loyal to his boy, Charlie. So he's extremely upset when Charlie goes away and leaves him with a sitter-upset enough that he escapes into the woods. With the help of some friendly foxes, Alfie learns to live in the wild, but he never stops thinking of Charlie and trying to find his way home. And Charlie, of course, never stops thinking of Alfie, either. Will these two be able to find each other before it's too late? Featuring irresistible black-and-white line drawings on every spread, Dear Hound is both an accessible, heartwarming story and the perfect choice for readers graduating out of early chapter books.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
Deer hound puppy Alfie is just settling in to his new home with his boy master Charlie, Charlie's mom and feline friend Florence. He's made a deal for thunderstorm comfort in exchange for not chasing the cat and discovered doggie heaven in his very own beanbag bed. Unfortunately Charlie and his mom have to attend an out of town wedding and Alfie has to go to a sitter. Alfie is confused as to why his young master has abandoned him and after an encounter with an electric fence he manages to escape the confines of the kennel and become thoroughly lost in the woods. Saved by a fox couple, Alfie manages to survive in the woods over the course of a couple months as Charlie maintains a constant vigil and search for his missing companion. After a dognapped Alfie saves his fox friends from hunters he is joyfully reunited with his family. Murphy includes charming pencil illustrations, with an introduction explaining dear hound ear styles and "Dear Hound Details". Light on character development but with a fast moving plot, this book is perfect for the animal lover ready for more pages without a giant leap in complexity. Reviewer: Sharon Oliver
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Alfie, a huge deerhound puppy with expressive ears, gets lost in the heath after he escapes from his dog-sitter. As Charlie and his mother wander around town looking for their pet and hanging up posters, Alfie searches for them. For months, owners and dog just miss each other, outside of the local restaurant (with an accessible trash bin) and in the moors. The animal's fur becomes more and more unkempt, and his face is matted and smeared with grease and dirt from his frequent Dumpster meals, making him look less and less like the picture on the posters. By the book's end, Alfie has run into a couple of improbable comrades, two unlikely villains, and finally, his family. This chapter book will appeal to fans of animal stories who have moved beyond Arnold Lobel's "Frog and Toad" titles (HarperCollins) but aren't quite ready for the length and complexity of E. B. White's Stuart Little. Murphy's expressive black-and-white line spot drawings (sometimes three to a spread) and deerhound notes ("GARDENING: They are great hole-diggers. Once they've started a hole, they don't stop till Australia") heighten the characterizations and add detail to the settings.—Lindsay Persohn, Crystal Lake Elementary, Lakeland, FL
Kirkus Reviews

Alfie, an adolescent deerhound who's been left with a dog-sitter, is spooked by an encounter with an electric fence. He runs off into heavily forested Hawkland Heath, where the distraught animal is befriended by a pair of kindly foxes. Although miserable, he learns to cope with life in the forest. Things are much worse for his master, Charlie, who desperately misses his exuberant pet. Although he and his mother continue to search for Alfie for months, having several near misses, the dog is finally found by a dognapper bent on training him to illegally hunt at night with a bright light—"lamping," in British parlance. Having once taken a vow (with his family cat) to never chase animals, he isn't about to break it with a thug. In the end, the foxes find a way to help deserving Alfie. Murphy deftly conveys the dog's angst with occasional all-caps dialogue. Her charming black-and-white line illustrations appear on every spread, extending the simple text and making this an excellent choice for readers recently transitioned to chapter books. (Animal fantasy. 7-11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802723635
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/27/2011
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
7 MB
Age Range:
7 Years

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Meet the Author

JILL MURPHY is the author of the Worst Witch series, which has sold over four million copies worldwide, as well as several award-winning picture books for younger children. She lives in England.

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