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Good-natured and ever-hungry, Farley goes wherever his nose leads him. But as one delicious smell follows another, soon Farley is meeting new friends and exploring parts of town he's never seen before. Just how far has he wandered? Will he ...
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Good-natured and ever-hungry, Farley goes wherever his nose leads him. But as one delicious smell follows another, soon Farley is meeting new friends and exploring parts of town he's never seen before. Just how far has he wandered? Will he find a familiar smell to lead him back home?
Young dog lovers will delight in the irresistible picture-book debut of Farley—an endearing pooch with a big appetite and an even bigger heart!
The affable, always-up-for-a-meal sheepdog from Johnston's long-running comic strip "For Better or for Worse" takes a star turn. Smelling hot dogs grilling at a nearby house, Farley bolts from home without his collar. More smells-nicely conveyed through a rush of words in wavy typography ("pineneedleswetdirttomatoesmint and... toasted marshmallows!")-beckon him further afield, although Johnston and Cruikshank (who is also a vet) are careful to portray the wider world as benevolent and responsible (teenagers refuse to give Farley their marshmallows because "Dogs' stomachs aren't made for such sweet stuff"). Dog lovers of all ages will appreciate how the authors resist overanthropomorphizing their hero: when Farley reunites a lost boy with his family, it's because the dog smells hot dogs, lemon cake, apple juice and popcorn on him and figures there's more of the same at the boy's house. The warmhearted comic energy and Johnston's genial, knowing cartooning make the pages fly by; readers are sure to root for Farley getting his own series-or better yet, his own animated cartoon. Ages 4-8. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Johnston and Cruikshank spin a slightly overlong tale of a freshly shampooed, hungry dog that runs off when he is irresistibly drawn to the smell of hot dogs. Gallivanting from place to place as he follows the scent of food, Farley mooches tidbits and affection wherever he can, including from a little boy at a party. As darkness falls, the now-scruffy canine encounters the sobbing boy, who is lost. Following his nose and retracing his steps, Farley leads the child back home and is himself found by his family, who have been out looking for him. The busy ink and watercolor illustrations contain some good action but little change in perspective. While children may be attracted to the goofy and lovable pooch, the episodic story line is thin. Libraries with a plethora of books featuring dogs, including Gene Zion's Harry the Dirty Dog (HarperCollins, 1956) or Cynthia Rylant's The Great Gracie Chase (Scholastic, 2001), may want to pass on this puppy.-Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Posted June 20, 2009
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Farley is a great story about a dog whose nose leads him all over the place. He smells all kinds of amazing food, places and people. He comes across a lost child and is able to smell his way home. Good job Farley. This book is a great storytime book, with good illustrations and moving story line.
If you are a fan of For Better of For Worse comics, you will especially like this one.
Dog lovers will love it.
It is a keeper, and I will recommend it to all of my customers.