Charley's First Night

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Candlewick Press, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 28 pages
31 Reviews
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.

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A sweet story with lovely illustrations. - Goodreads
A large font is used for the charming, sweet text. - Goodreads
Hest's writing here is so dazzling. - Goodreads
The illustrations fabulous and fun to view. - Goodreads
The illustrations were charming. - Goodreads
The illustrations are wonderful too! - Goodreads

Review: Charley's First Night

User Review  - Jessica Wenninger - Goodreads

This was a cute story about the first night Charley spent at home with his new owner. I can relate with Henry because the first couple of nights that my current dog was with us, she would howl like ... Read full review

Review: Charley's First Night

User Review  - Katie - Goodreads

Helen Oxenbury's charming illustrations earn this book 5 stars all on its own. They beautifully capture the love between a boy and his dog. But the story by Amy Hest is equally satisfying. A great ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

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.

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