Dear Hound by Jill Murphy

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Alfie's your average deer hound puppy-curious about the world around him, happy to chase the cat and laze around in his favorite beanbag bed, and very loyal to his boy, Charlie. So he's extremely upset when Charlie goes away and leaves him with a sitter-upset enough that he escapes into the woods. With the help of some friendly foxes, Alfie learns to live in the wild, but he never stops thinking of Charlie and trying to find his way home. And Charlie, of course, never stops thinking of Alfie, either. Will these two be able to find each other before it's too late? Featuring irresistible black-and-white line drawings on every spread, Dear Hound is both an accessible, heartwarming story and the perfect choice for readers graduating out of early chapter books.

About Jill Murphy

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Jill Murphy was born in London, England on July 5, 1949. She attended the Chelsea Art School and the Croydon Art School. Before becoming a full-time author and illustrator, she worked as a nanny and in a children's home. Her first book, The Worst Witch, was published when she was 24 years old and became the first book in The Worst Witch series. She is also known for her Mr. and Mrs. Large picture books. Her works has won numerous awards including the 1980 Kate Greenaway Medal for Peace at Last, the 1987 Parents Magazine Best Books for Babies Award for Five Minutes' Peace, and the 1995 Smarties Book Prize, the 1996 Sheffield Children's Book Award, and the 1996 Gateshead Gold Award for The Last Noo-Noo.
Published September 27, 2011 by Walker Childrens. 193 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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Although he and his mother continue to search for Alfie for months, having several near misses, the dog is finally found by a dognapper bent on training him to illegally hunt at night with a bright light—“lamping,” in British parlance.

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Summary: Alfie the Deerhound pup gets lost in a thunderstorm - a heart-warming tale of the love between the dog and his boy and of survival in the wild.

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Alfie the puppy is a Deerhound and a dear hound – he's much loved by his young master, Charlie.

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