Courtney by John Burningham

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The author/illustrator of Hey! Get Off Our Train turns the question "Can we have a dog?" into a touching and mysterious adventure, starring a one-of-a-kind mongrel named Courtney. A sunny upbeat reminder that wonderful things can happen when you don't judge others by the way they look. Full color.

About John Burningham

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John Burningham has been praised by "The New Yorker" as "one of the finest and most original writers at work today." His most recent picture book is "Hushabye,
Published July 5, 1994 by Crown Publishers. 1 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Appropriate to the gently ironic tone and carefully understated subtext, Burningham's pictures here are in his familiar cartoon mode, poignantly expressive but without the marvelously vibrant alternating spreads he has often used to express a child's imagination or emotions (e.g., in John Patrick...

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Like the siblings featured here, readers may be distressed when Courtney and his trunk disappear one day, but the tale's cleverly cryptic ending implies that the heroic dog has not really abandoned his adopted family.

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Although Courtney is an old and not particularly attractive dog, there is something very lovable about him and you can understand why the children decided they wanted him as soon as they saw him.

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