Homer by Elisha Cooper

Homer is an older, laid-back family dog (he looks to be a golden retriever or yellow lab). He spends a day on the porch while the other members of his family (other dogs and people, too) come and go about their business. Everyone checks in with him – inviting him along on their adventures and activities – but Homer is happy where he is. As the day draws to a close, the family returns – taking a few minutes to share something with Homer. And when the sun sets, Homer walks into the house, has his dinner, and curls up in a chair for the night.

Very sweet story. Very sweet dog. Homer has a lovely dog smile, and you can almost hear the soft thumps of his tail as he wags his greetings. He’s tolerant, patient, and interested in all of the goings on around him – albeit from his quiet vantage point (surrounded by home, family, and wrapped in love). This would be a great, reassuring bedtime read.

Reviewed by Karin Thogersen, Young Adult Librarian

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