The Longest Letsgoboy

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$16.99  $15.80
Chronicle Books
Publish Date
11.1 X 9.1 X 0.5 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author
Derick Wilder is the founder of Reading Giraffe, a literacy initiative with the goal of creating lifelong readers by making books come alive. He has been writing for as long as he can remember, but endless hours in the children's section of the library with his daughter sparked his love for picture books. He lives in Fort Mill, South Carolina. This is his first book.

Catia Chien is a Brazilian-Taiwanese artist. She's the illustrator of such titles as The Sea Serpent and Me, which won a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators; A Boy and a Jaguar, an ALA Notable Book and recipient of the Schneider Family Book Award; and The Bear and the Moon. She lives in New York City with her family.
"[The Longest Letsgoboy] is a perfect storm of tearjerk, with its supple poetry, canine narration, and picture of loss, but there's a reassuring message about what we love remaining a part of us forever that youngsters may find . . . bolstering. . . . Chien's mixed-media illustrations . . . tactfully distance the events, and an emphasis on sunny tones keeps the mood upbeat even amid the sadness. [A] spiritual complement to the more concrete take[s] on pet succession . . ."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
"Stunning, tender, and brilliant. Readers will laugh and cry-but most of all love."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"[A] moving testament to the love between child and dog. An affecting resource for starting conversations with readers experiencing their own loss."-Publishers Weekly
"[A]s genuinely doggy a narrative as ever there was . . . Echoing the strong mutual attachment that underlies every line of this monologue, Chien's grainy, soft-focus scenes follow [an] old pooch and a tiny, exuberant child who barely reaches his shoulder through a woodsy ramble, and then sends the dog on alone, to soar through bright abstract spaces . . . If there's a dryeye in the house after this, check for a pulse."-Booklist, starred review
"One not to be missed, this moving, visceral tale is a testament to the bond between a child and pet. Any person, young or old, who has experienced loss will find this essential purchase a profound comfort."-School Library Journal, starred review