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The Dog That Nino Didn’t Have
Written by Edward van de Vendel
Illustrated by Anton Van Hertbruggen
Nino doesn’t have a dog, but he likes to imagine that he does. His imaginary dog chases squirrels and plays in the lake with him. His imaginary dog licks the tears off Nino’s face and helps Nino feel less lonely while his dad is traveling. But when Nino gets a real dog, it’s not quite what he expected. As he spends more time with his dog, though, Nino learns how to be content with what he has, but that doesn’t stop him from continuing to dream.
This award-winning book beautifully depicts the art of finding a balance between imagination and reality.
News from Eerdmans & Elsewhere
Three EBYR books were honored with Parents’ Choice awards! The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch earned a silver medal, and Brother Hugo and the Bear and The Sheep Go on Strike both earned recommendations.
- Fur, Fins, and Feathers: Abraham Dee Bartlett and the Invention of the Modern Zoo was profiled by the Nonfiction Detectives, who say that “Maxwell does a wonderful job bringing to life the story of the man whose love of all animals would grow up to create the modern zoo.” Maxwell’s cut paper illustrations and her “charming” end papers earn some good press, too.
- The Wall Street Journal reviewed The Dog That Nino Didn’t Have in an article titled “Vanishing Acts,” calling the book “resonant” and noting the balance between the “wild” feel of the illustrations and the “bouyant” feel of the author’s writing (paywall).
- Jonah’s Whale, written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Giuliano Ferri, was reviewed on the Stuart’s Study blog. Stuart calls the book “a cute take on a classic story” and praises Ferri’s illustrations, giving the book four stars.
- Linda Vigen Phillips is giving away three signed copies of her novel Crazy on Goodreads to celebrate the book’s one-year anniversary. The giveaway runs through the end of the month.
- I Am a Bear by Jean-Fançois Dumont was featured by Julie Danielson on her Seven Impossible Things before Breakfast blog.
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