Foley and Jem

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No one can resist a story about a boy and his loyal dog, and this poignant tale of puppy love lost and found will really touch a chord in children’s hearts. Uniquely illustrated in a charming retro style, it follows Foley and his brave and devoted pup, Jem. Jem adores Foley, and Foley adores Jem right back; but even more, Foley longs to explore the stars and the planets. He knows that with Jem’s help, he can do it. But it means sending his faithful dog into space. Is Foley expecting too much of Jem, who is happy ...

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Overview

No one can resist a story about a boy and his loyal dog, and this poignant tale of puppy love lost and found will really touch a chord in children’s hearts. Uniquely illustrated in a charming retro style, it follows Foley and his brave and devoted pup, Jem. Jem adores Foley, and Foley adores Jem right back; but even more, Foley longs to explore the stars and the planets. He knows that with Jem’s help, he can do it. But it means sending his faithful dog into space. Is Foley expecting too much of Jem, who is happy just being his best friend on earth? Children will never forget this powerful story.

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Publishers Weekly
When a bespectacled kid named Foley builds a rocket and sends his dog Jem to Mars "a giant leap for dog-kind" he never anticipates that Jem might actually like it on the Red Planet. Who knew Martians would be party-minded, canine-like critters with a ready supply of bones? "He's having all this fun without me," mourns Foley, when Jem sends back a picture. "Jem should be here with me fetching sticks, and warming my feet, and barking when I get home." Up to this point, debut author Golding offers an intriguing story, although she handles Foley's cavalier drafting of Jem rather tentatively and tends to overwrite ("They were very happy," she says, introducing the boy-dog duo. "Jem loved Foley, and Foley loved Jem"). Oliver's (the Epix series) comic-book-bright paintings buoy the premise; his rounded renderings give Foley and Jem an expressive, comic plasticity, and he endows the pooch with an initial dubiousness that makes his essential trust all the more touching. But the tale runs into serious trouble in the ending. Jem has no thoughts of leaving Mars any time soon, and the bereft Foley, hoping for Jem's return, adopts a stray puppy, dubbed Star, to fill the void ("This is going to be a great welcome home surprise for Jem," he says unconvincingly). Readers may end up feeling emotionally marooned like the hapless Foley. Ages 5-7. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Foley loves stars. He reads about the planets, the universe and black holes. At night he watches the stars with his faithful dog, Jem, at his side. For Christmas Jem gives Foley a star on a string. Foley has always dreamed of traveling into space and experiencing it for himself and this Christmas gift gives him the push he needs. He builds a rocket ship and, calling it a giant leap for dog-kind, sends Jem into space. Foley knows Jem will miss him and he will miss Jem, but both make sacrifices for the betterment of space study. Armed with a special camera, Jem sends pictures back to Foley so Foley can share in Jem's space adventures. Bold, whimsical illustrations accompany this fun, imaginative story of the love between a boy and his dog. Where the story falls flat, however, is at the end. While Foley waits longingly for Jem's return, Jem is too busy having fun with his newly-discovered Martian friends to give much thought at all to his earthly master. This book, instead of coming full circle to a satisfying ending, only took us half-way around and left us hanging. 2004, Sterling Publishing Company, Ages 4 to 8.
—Pat Trattles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402713644
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,457,970
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    Disappointing ending, I was hoping there was a sequel to wrap it up - but no.

    I loved the idea of the book, a boy and his dog making plans for space. However the ending makes the book highly disappointing. There is no closure. I thought perhaps there might be a second book since they leave the dog up in space and the boy gets a new dog. I anticipated they would say how the old dog gets back. He doesn't! I found this really annoying. What's the point of telling a story if you won't finish it?

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