Forever Home: A Dog and Boy Love Story

Scholastic. Jul. 2022. 48p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781338784046.
PreS-Gr 2–In this poignant wordless book, a young boy eager to prove his responsibility as a dog owner begins dragging an empty leash wherever he goes. When he finds a dog living in a box on the street, it is love at first sight. Once he successfully sways his parents by cleaning his unmanageably messy room, an adoption is made—and a family is complete. The delicate hatching of Cole’s ink drawings (black and white, except for the bright red of the dog’s leash and collar) engenders a subtle air of grayscale nostalgia, not old-fashioned as much as quietly comforting. The inclusion of the boy’s parents, an interracial same-sex couple, provides a modern update to a classic narrative.
VERDICT This sweet and touching story will prove a worthy addition to any collection.

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