The deep friendship between a boy and his dog is lovingly portrayed in warm prose and appealing art. Corky, who "seemed to be built from other dogs' spare parts," and Mike are inseparable, and they plan to be "best friends forever." Cochran gently leads readers through a difficult plot in which Corky dies, and Mike, with the help of his mother, comes to accept that the Forever Plan will have to work in a different way. In the satisfying conclusion, he lets the memory of his dog "all the way into his heart. And it felt warm inside." Andreasen's soft illustrations portray a heartwarming relationship and capture the changing mood of the story from joy and exhilaration to sadness and back again to a subdued happiness and understanding. This book has much to offer to children, not only because they love pets but also because of its sensitive treatment of loss.
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