In the classic style of The Giving Tree comes a touching debut picture book about the unfaltering love between a boy and his pet.
One day a boy finds a dog. He takes him home, already dreaming of the adventures they will have and the games they will play.
But when the boy gets hurt, he and his new best friend are separated. Will the boy be able to grow up quickly enough to get his furry companion back, or will life keep getting in the way?
With dreamily spare text and sweeping yet simple illustrations, Hey, Boy is a reminder that true friends always find their way home to each other.
I don’t even like dogs, and I thought that this was a beautiful coming of age story about true friendship and love—the kind that is patient and forgiving and lasts a lifetime. The minimalist illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to the sweetness of the story and it’s one that will appeal broadly to the young and the old alike.
THIS BOOK. I have feelings about this book. First of all, it’s a little heartbreaking and sweet and touching all at the same time and I don’t even like animals very much but it still melted my icy cold heart. Second, I am in love with the design and sort of want to decorate my living room around it. Oh yeah, also my kids love it.
Benjamin Strouse, who grew up in New York City, found his first dog, Ralph, in Anchorage, Alaska. Benjamin has worked as a lawyer, producer, and musical theater composer, and lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, where he takes his current dog, Phil, his wife, and twin boys on as many adventures as possible. For more about Ben visit BenjaminStrouse.com.
Jennifer Phelan is an acclaimed illustrator with published works in American Illustration and 3x3. Her first children’s book, Hey, Boy, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2017. She lives in Toronto.