Synopses & Reviews
In his first book for children, renowned artist Yoshitomo Nara tells the charming story of a puppy so large that no one notices himuntil a determined little girl climbs high enough to meet him and become his friend. A sweet tale from an artist for whom childhood holds a magical appeal, The Lonesome Puppy is sure to delight young readers and Narafans of all ages.
"Internationally known pop artist Nara paints some fiendishly ironic images, but there's chiefly whimsy in his picture book debut, the story of a chance friendship between a manga-style girl and a huge, lonely puppy. (An airplane flying past the puppy's legs along with the curve of the Earth beneath his paws suggest his size. The girl, whose doll-like facial features make her expression of grim determination all the funnier, bumps into one of the puppy's paws, and then climbs up his leg, leaving a trail of little comic-book puffs of effort. When she finally confronts a monstrous set of puppy eyes, her crabby expression softens. In concluding spreads Nara pushes on into wordless, heavily worked paintings, adding scumbling, pastels and stencils. Playful and surreal, free of earnest messages, these final images will remain in the reader's memory. Ages 3 up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Yoshitomo Nara is one of the most popular and influential contemporary artists in Japan, whose work--often featuring little girls and puppies--has attracted a worldwide following. This is his first book for children. He lives in Tochigi, Japan.