Charley's First Night by Amy Hest

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Two of our most beloved picture book creators team up to tell a classic story of a child, his new puppy, and a first night home.

On Charley’s first night, Henry carries his new puppy in his old baby blanket all the way to his house. He shows Charley every room, saying, "This is home, Charley." He says that a lot so that Charley will know that he is home. Henry’s parents are very clear about who will be walking and feeding Charley (Henry will, and he can’t wait). They are also very clear about where Charley will be sleeping: Charley will be sleeping in the kitchen. But when the crying starts in the middle of the night, Henry knows right away that it’s Charley! And it looks like his parents’ idea about where Charley is going to sleep may have to change. With warmth, humor, and endearing simplicity, Amy Hest tells a tale familiar to everyone who has loved a puppy, while Helen Oxenbury renders each tender gesture and charming detail in a beauty of a book that children will be eager to take home.

About Amy Hest

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Amy Hest is the author of many beloved and award-winning picture books, including Kiss Good Night, illustrated by Anita Jeram, and When Jessie Came Across the Sea, illustrated by P.J. Lynch. Amy Hest lives in New York City.Helen Oxenbury is the illustrator of many well-loved books, including most recently There's Going to Be a Baby, written by her husband, John Burningham. Helen Oxenbury lives in London.
Published October 9, 2012 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Once home, Henry shows Charley around ("This is home, Charley") and recounts his parents’ expectations, including the one where Charley will sleep in the kitchen—alone—forever.

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New picture books about how the night can be dark and lonely not just for children, but for dragons and small dogs too.

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Portland Book Review

Charley’s First Night is the sweet tale of Henry getting his first dog, Charley.

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Stine ("My job is to give kids the CREEPS!") on Twitter yesterday morning.

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Amy Hest (Letters to Leo) and Helen Oxenbury (There's Going to Be a Baby) perfectly convey the intimate bond between child and pet, as Charley the dog woos Henry the boy (and readers) until he wins a place in his home and heart.

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