Results of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in the year 2001.
A creepy, wry ghost story.
Willie McPhee has fallen on hard times. Finest bagpiper in all Scotland or not, if folks don’t have a farthing to spare for amusement, a man could freeze.
Now, wandering near—shoeless in the dark heart of the cold woods, Willie McPhee has fallen on something else—a tree trunk, he thinks. But a closer look reveals it’s a man, a DEAD man, lying in the snow. A—A—A—aaaaaah!
A poor man is a practical man, though, and that body is wearing a fine—looking pair of boots. Soon Willie’s feet are warm…but who’s that tapping on the door?
Five creatures live in our house.
Three humans, and two cats.
Three short, and two tall.
Four grownups, and one child (that’s me!).
In this book of lighthearted comparisons, simple text and warm pictures work together to depict various scenes in a happy household where each member is distinct but also has something inn common with one or more of the others. The fun comes from sorting out the similarities and the differences.
When a little dog appears at a family picnic, the girl and boy play with him all afternoon, and they name him Willy. At day’s end they say good-bye. But the dog has won their hearts and stays on their minds.
The following Saturday the family returns to the picnic grounds to look for Willy, but they are not alone—the dogcatcher is looking for him, too…
Caldecott Medalist Marc Simont’s heartwarming tale of a stray dog who finds a home is told with appealing simplicity and grace.