George lived alone with his grandmother and an empty place where his mother and father should have been."
One Friday on his way home from school, George visited the animal shelter. There, in the very last cage, was Jeremy, a dog who looked as lost and as lonely as George. When Jeremy goes home to live with George and his grandmother, their whole lives change, and they learn that when it comes to love, it's quality not quantity that counts...
“…Both the text and illustrations are quirky in such a wonderful way. The text laments that dogs can't smile, emphasizes the hopelessness of George and the dogs at the pound, and explains the ugliness of the dog in a vivid way:
"Why would you want him? We've got 87 other dogs here. They've all got four legs and bright eyes and a coat that doesn't look like it's covered in lard." The illustrations have depth, character and their own style. There are so many small touches that surprise but offer a new take onlife. The grandmother's face has some wrinkles, but the best part is that her skin is done in a crackled glaze so she looks like her paint is about to chip off. The wallpaper at their home is not dingy, the counter at the pound covered in a lifetime of pawprints, and small pieces of newspaper go everywhere during a papier-mache project.” –Kidslit, Tasha Saecker
"I’ve read it more than twenty times now, and each time I find myself reacting as if I’m reading it for the first time. It is simply that well written...this book can be a valuable emotional experience and will very likely become a childhood favorite. Its story, its message, the words and artwork all work together seamlessly to create a wonderful book that is as full of happiness and sadness as life itself." - Gruntlings
"With great finesse, touches of humor and sensitivity, Colin Thompson captures the wonder of this relationship both in his text and in his art." - Through the Looking Glass
"...illustrations...have an odd, intriguing quality about them that I can’t resist." - Kiss the Book
"The story and and illustrations are done so perfectly that you can't help but be drawn in...Yes, there is a bit of sadness, but it's a also a story of hope and friendship. All told, this is a wonderful heartwarming story to read to your children." - For Immediate Release Reviews
"...aptly named and well worth reading." - School Library Journal