Charley's First Night (Hardcover)

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By Amy Hest, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)
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The brand-new puppy doesn’t want to sleep alone. Can Henry make him comfortable in his new home? Soft pencil and watercolor illustrations (3-6).


— From Feelings - Friendship


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.

About the Author

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.

Praise For…

A book sure to be instantly beloved
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

With a design as soft and lovely as its message, it will be tough to keep children from heading out in the snow, looking for their own Charley.
—Booklist (starred review)

This gentle tale is the ideal gift for a new dog owner and every dog lover.
—Shelf Awareness

An unsentimental, yet adorable, recasting of an ever-reliable theme.
—Horn Book

Product Details
ISBN: 9780763640552
ISBN-10: 0763640557
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication Date: October 9th, 2012
Pages: 28
Language: English

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