Red Fox, 2006 (1997)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
n this picture book, Nicholas Allan deals charmingly (and unusually) with the death of a beloved pet dog, while his illustrations inject quirky humor into the sweet story.
t begins, '
Early one morning Lily woke up to find Dill the dog packing.
' He tells her that he's going '
' and that she can't come with him, '
... not yet
'. When she presses, she's told she's not invited. Then (canine) angels show up and give Lily a last five minutes with Dill. The duo argue just like siblings do - Lily views heaven as '
a funfair where all the rides are free and you're never sick once
' while to Dill it's a place full of meaty bones and lampposts and '
whiffy things to smell on the ground.
inally it's time for farewells. After Dill heads to Heaven, Lily misses him and thinks '
things would never be the same again.
' But when she meets, and falls for, a stray puppy, Lily remembers all that Dill told her. Read this delightful picture book with a child who is anxious about the afterlife or has had to face the death of a pet or a loved one.
is natural, comforting, funny, and full of life.
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