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In his first book for children, renowned artist Yoshitomo Nara tells the charming story of a puppy so large that no one notices himuntil a determined little girl climbs high enough to meet him and become his friend. A sweet tale from an artist for whom childhood holds a magical appeal, The Lonesome Puppy is sure to delight young readers and Narafans of all ages.
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In his first book for children, renowned artist Yoshitomo Nara tells the charming story of a puppy so large that no one notices himuntil a determined little girl climbs high enough to meet him and become his friend. A sweet tale from an artist for whom childhood holds a magical appeal, The Lonesome Puppy is sure to delight young readers and Narafans of all ages.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Internationally known pop artist Nara paints some fiendishly ironic images, but there's chiefly whimsy in his picture book debut, the story of a chance friendship between a manga-style girl and a huge, lonely puppy. (An airplane flying past the puppy's legs along with the curve of the Earth beneath his paws suggest his size. The girl, whose doll-like facial features make her expression of grim determination all the funnier, bumps into one of the puppy's paws, and then climbs up his leg, leaving a trail of little comic-book puffs of effort. When she finally confronts a monstrous set of puppy eyes, her crabby expression softens. In concluding spreads Nara pushes on into wordless, heavily worked paintings, adding scumbling, pastels and stencils. Playful and surreal, free of earnest messages, these final images will remain in the reader's memory. Ages 3-up. (May)

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School Library Journal

PreS- A noted Pop artist tries his hand at a children's book with decidedly mixed results. The slight story centers on a dog so big that he straddles the globe and is friendless because no one can actually see him. A little girl finally notices him, climbs up onto his face, and sings to him, and they become friends. "No matter how alone you are, there is always someone, somewhere, waiting to meet you. Just look and you will find them!" The artist uses many close-ups of both the dog and the girl to convey the immensity of the creature and the girl's reaction to him. The book is much more a showcase of one man's distinctive style than a coherent or interesting story. It will appeal primarily to Nara's fans or to libraries with large picture-book art collections.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI

Kirkus Reviews
Nara is a well-known Japanese artist who specializes in images of dogs and small girls. Here he tries to combine the two elements into an illustrated tale about a lonely, mountain-sized dog that nobody notices and a girl who climbs up through the clouds to befriend it. The result is an incoherent hash, pairing smudgy images of kitschy figures to a text that starts out with the dog's narration, suddenly switches to third person, then disappears-followed by four mystifying wordless spreads, presumably of the two at play, that could be viewed in any order. Equally puzzling is the book's dedication: "To physically challenged children everywhere." If this is a metaphor on disability, it will escape just about everybody but the artist. This won't gain him any young fans, and older ones will find better showcases online. (Picture book. Adult)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811856409
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 3/26/2008
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 746,936
  • Age range: 1 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.37 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Yoshitomo Nara is one of the most popular and influential contemporary artists in Japan, whose work--often featuring little girls and puppies--has attracted a worldwide following. This is his first book for children. He lives in Tochigi, Japan.
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  • Posted February 25, 2009

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    Lonesome Puppy is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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