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1. Dog Heaven
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2. For Every Dog an Angel
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3. I'll Always Love You
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4. Cat Heaven
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5. In the Night Room
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6. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
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7. Saying Goodbye to LuLu
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8. No Dogs Allowed!
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9. Angel Cat
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10. Jasper's Day
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11. Alone In His Teacher's House (Marvin
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12. The Best Cat in the World
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13. Goodbye Mousie
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14. Sadie Listens: An Inward Journey
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15. A Dog Like Jack
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16. Remember Rafferty: A Book About
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17. The Beloved Dearly
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18. When Ratboy Lived Next Door
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19. The Old Dog
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20. Desser the Best Ever Cat

1. Dog Heaven
by Cynthia Rylant
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Asin: 0590417010
Catlog: Book (1995-09-01)
Publisher: Scholastic
Sales Rank: 4878
Average Customer Review: 4.87 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars I just love Dog Heaven!
This book is such a wonderful way to help anyone who has lost a dog, especially children. I teach preschool and one of my student's lost his dog. I gave him this book as well as I'll Always Love You. His parents said the books really helped, and it really helped our entire class learn about the passing of a beloved family member. It's hard for children to understand death anyway, but when it's someone like a dog or cat who just loves so unconditionally, books like this one really help to alieviate any fear that the pet is in pain, or that pet might forget us! I HIGHLY recommend this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Comforting to Think about Where our Sasha is now
This is a great book for kids and adults alike who may be grieving the loss of a beloved dog. The illustrations are charming, and the sentiments are great. (God makes dogs special treats in heaven, and they play with angel children, who need their company.) I have given this book to an adult friend who also lost a pet, and she found it very comforting too. We still miss our Sasha dog, but this book helped our family through a rough time.

5-0 out of 5 stars TEACHER RECOMMENDS!
I have given this book to countless children (and adults) who are grieving the loss of a furry friend. Being a teacher, I am quite often faced with a student who experiences the loss of a beloved pet. If you believe dogs go to heaven, this book offers wonderful comfort in allowing children to imagine what it might be like for their dog in heaven. I would recommend this book to almost any parents trying to ease some of that heartbreak for their child and quite possibly themselves.

4-0 out of 5 stars A very sweet image of Heaven!
I got this book for my 6 year old son to read for school (to earn AR credits). At the time, he had been very anxious about death, having lost one pet when he was 3 and having another who was very old. We also had two older neighbors die in the past year. He had often had deep worries about death and dying. I was almost afraid for him to read it - worrying that it would bring out those feelings again. But I am so glad he did read it.

The comforting way Dog HEaven is depicted was JUST what we needed. He did ask me if this was real - non-fiction, as he put it. I told him that nobody who is living today has ever been to heaven, so people just have to guess what it is like, and this is what the author believes it is like. That did the trick.

When our second dog passed on, it was very helpful to the children to remember the ideas in Dog Heaven. They were happy that Penny would be able to be with our other dog - Edison; and they had a good time thinking about Edison "showing Penny around in heaven". And also, thinking about our neighbor being there to give biscuits and throw balls to Penny.

It should be on the bookshelf of every family who has a dog!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a sweet book which I initially bought due to my love of dogs. I wanted to share that love with my children and teach them about God as well. Recently our dog passed away and my 4 year old was having a hard time dealing with it. This book helped her to think of Moose being in a special place where he doesn't hurt anymore, he can run and have fun. ... Read more


2. For Every Dog an Angel
by Christine Davis
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Asin: 0965922529
Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
Publisher: Lighthearted Press
Sales Rank: 21359
Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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For Every Dog An angel is a light, magical little book that honors the timeless connection between people and their canine companions.Written from the heart after the unexpected loss of her "forever dog" Martha, this charming book will bring comfort to anyone who has ever had to say goodbye to their best four-legged friend.For Every Dog An Angel is also a heart-felt way to welcome a new puppy or to celebrate a much-loved doggie friend. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Uplifting and gentle in a time of grief!
This book is a favorite condolence 'gift' to everyone I know who has lost a dog. Recipients tell me it has brought them much comfort and is very uplifting to them. Some who swore they would never get another pet, decide, after reading the book, to get a new dog. The book is beautiful illustrated and worded. I like to have several on hand to give as needed and have given it to friend to give to people they know who have lost pets. It's hardly more than the cost of a card.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Forever pets" and their "forever people" will reunite

The author wrote this God-blessed little book after having a wonderful vision of her beloved dog Martha in the arms of an angel; it turned her bereavement into inspiration. It should lift the heart and spirit of anyone who reads it.

I would like to make several recommendations here since there is no category as of yet specifically on animal afterlife, on-line (or in any other lists for that matter).

Because of this and the fact that there are so few books written on this subject, those in grief over the loss of a pet often find themselves desperately searching, and miss out. I would therefore like to list all the books that I know of dealing with afterlife of animals. Amazon.com has sites on all of them. You can visit each site to learn more on each respective title.

"Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates".Excellently done:inspired compassionate, fully-Biblical

"The Soul of Your Pet". Convincing, credible evidence regarding animals' existing after death.Interactions with pets that have passed on. Will defy skeptics.

"Will I See Fido in Heaven?". Solidly Christian, inspired,loving.

"For Every Dog an Angel". Angel stays with pup from birth, on. Written for children, adults will love even more. Wonderful!

"Dog Heaven". For children; adults will enjoy as well

"Cat Heaven" Children/adults

"All Dogs Go to Heaven". Well-known, has a story-line.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book has a special meaning to young and old
As a 60-something physician I first read this book. I have recommended it to many of my adult patients who have lost a pet as one of the most valuable sources of comfort that is available to help them get through their grief period. This not just a children's book. It's text should be considered gentle, not juvenile.
Christine Davis has provided a valuable service by writing this book. I was happy to see that a companion piece for cats has also been published. Thank you, Christine, for helping us cope with the profound loss of a companion.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you need to read this book, I'm so sorry
Oh my! This is ABSOLUTELY the most comforting book I have ever read. My "forever dog", Molson, died of leukemia, and we read this book together on a daily basis until I had the strength to release him. No books, no websites; no friends, no other could have helped us transition more then this book. I now keep at least three copies available at home to give to others who experience the absolute, inconsolable loss of a dear friend and companion. Like everything, it can't obliterate the hurt, but it can SURELY raise the hope. BRAVO! and Thank You!

1-0 out of 5 stars For kids only - not adults
This is a wonderful book for kids. I am an adult over 50 and was very disappointed with this book. It brought me no comfort over the loss of my dog, it took a dog's passing too lighthearted. It is definitely recommended reading for children to understand the loss of their pet. ... Read more


3. I'll Always Love You
by HANS WILHELM
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Asin: 0517572656
Catlog: Book (1988-12-12)
Publisher: Dragonfly Books
Sales Rank: 26936
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Illus. in full color. "In this gentle, moving story, Elfie, a dachshund, and

her special boy progress happily through life together. One morning Elfie does

not wake up. The family grieves and buries her. The watercolor illustrations,

tender and warm in color and mood, suit the simple text perfectly."--School

Library Journal.




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5-0 out of 5 stars Still Has The Same Magic
As a little girl I read this book when my dog was dying. It truly helped me deal with his death and realize that is okay to be sad. It is a wonderful tool to help children understand death a bit better. Few books since my childhood have made such an impression on me as this one, and it is the only book from my childhood I still keep on my shelf as a college student. In fact, my cat grew very sick of cancer and I read this book again to make myself feel better about the situation. And I have never forgotten to utter Hans Wilhelm's words into my pets' ears. And right before my cat died, I whispered "I will always love you" just as the little boy in the story did.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book...
There are some books I think should be in every household, and if you have both children and pets, this is one of them. Dealing with the death of a beloved pet is difficult enough for anyone, let alone a child, but this book helps. In fact, I would recommend this book to adult pet owners as well. Nothing will stop the pain of the loss of course, but "I'll Always Love You" helps bring back the happiness and lets the healing begin. I have been a booster of this book for years and hope it NEVER goes out of print. Do yourself a favor and buy this warm story of Effie, "the best dog in the whole world" and her boy....

5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect book for all ages
This is the perfect pet loss book for all ages. A good gift to give when words do not seem appropriate. Similar to Boomerang - A Miracle Trilogy, about the short but miraculous life of a remarable Boston Terrier. And, how through love, all things are possible.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Saying Goodbye
I got this book to help my daughter deal with the loss of our dog who had become sick and had to be put down. I liked the way the book was to the point and very sweet at the same time. The book also stays away from taking a religious stand point which I was greatful for. My daughter is too young to have to deal with that aspect of life or death. This book teaches that sometimes something you love will go away forever, but even though they are gone, you can always love and remember them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming
Such a touching and heartwarming read. What a wonderful way to help children and adults deal with the pain of losing a beloved pet. Especially helpful for anyone with an old or ailing dog, and the heartache of "anticipatory grief". As Boomerang would say, as part of his Kindness Network Bylaws, "See with your heart, what may be invisible to your eyes."
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4. Cat Heaven
by Cynthia Rylant
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Asin: 0590100548
Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
Publisher: Scholastic
Sales Rank: 11528
Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Everything you would want for your kitty is in "Cat Heaven"
Thank you Cynthia, for such a sweet, touching, loving book. I have read it many many times - although I have yet to get past the page of kitty coming back and watching her family from outside without getting teary eyed!

I also read this book with my 3 1/2 year old daughter, and it always sparks more wonderful conversation and questions about God and Heaven and angels. She is very pleased that the kitties in Cat Heaven have lots of "little pink fishes" to eat, lots of toys to play with and lots of love!

Your whimsical, wonderful illustrations are refreshing and uplifting, and although the words are simple and few, they speak volumes to anyone who has ever loved and or lost a special cat.

5-0 out of 5 stars a must-read for cat lovers
I read a review of this book in a magazine and decided to purchase it. I ended up buying 2 copies - one for myself and one for a close friend whose cat is terminally ill. She found it so touching and comforting, and her son enjoys the story as well, particularly the pictures of cats sitting in God's lap and on top of God's head. I purchased it for my own family because we too have a terminally ill kitty. I knew it would be a wonderful way to prepare my daughter for our kitty's eventual passing. Of course losing a beloved kitty is tragic and heartbreaking. But this book does provide true comfort by encouraging the readers to envision their cat in a wonderful, loving place that truly is cat heaven.

5-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful gift for the grieving cat owner
I bought this book after loosing my kitty Juliet and it was such a comfort. It is a children's book, but it also comforts the adult heart after the loss of a beloved cat.

I have given this book as a gift countless times to friends who have suffered a loss and also to adults whose children are having a difficult time understanding why their kitty is no longer with them. This is a real comfort when it comes to pet loss.

There is also a version called Dog Heaven that is equally beautiful.

5-0 out of 5 stars This will touch your heart!
I bought this book after loosing my kitty Juliet and it was such a comfort. It is a children's book, but it also comforts the adult heart after the loss of a beloved cat.

I have given this book as a gift countless times to friends who have suffered a loss and also to adults whose children are having a difficult time understanding why their kitty is no longer with them. This is a real comfort when it comes to pet loss.

There is also a version called Dog Heaven that is equally beautiful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for all ages
We lost our cat several weeks ago, and I bought this book to help my young daughter with her feelings of grief. *I* was the one who ended up crying while reading it aloud to her, not because I was sad, but because the words and illustrations are so comforting. My daughter and I talked after reading it, and agreed that now we can picture our beloved kitty doing all of the wonderful things in the book. Cynthia Rylant was already our favorite author (the Mr. Putter and Tabby series is fantastic, as is the better known Henry and Mudge series.) She has captured our feelings once again with Cat Heaven -- it's just perfect. ... Read more


5. In the Night Room
by PETER STRAUB
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Asin: 1400062527
Catlog: Book (2004-10-26)
Publisher: Random House
Sales Rank: 7117
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6. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
by Judith Viorst
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Asin: 0689712030
Catlog: Book (1987-09-30)
Publisher: Aladdin
Sales Rank: 24429
Average Customer Review: 4.41 out of 5 stars
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My cat Barney died this Friday. I was very sad. My mother said we could have a funeral for him, and I should think of ten good things about Barney so I could tell them...

But the small boy who loved Barney can only think of nine. Later, while talking with his father, he discovers the tenth -- and begins to understand. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An educational tool for the coping skills dealing with loss
This has been one of my favorite books, for myself, my friends, and for use in my work with children. The story is simple, touching, and gives a beautifully positive way to cope with any loss--remembering the good things. The story specifically deals with the death of a young boy's cat and the funeral that follows, as well as the concept of the circle of life. The mother in the story asks her son to think of ten good things about the cat. This task helps him remember the things he liked about his cat and takes his mind off the pain he feels. The concept of concentrating on good memories about someone who is gone is excellent, and an easy way to begin the healing process and encourage a child to talk about his feelings. I've even used the idea when I've had to separate from the children I've worked with. I tell them the ten good things I will remember about them. Outstanding book--timeless!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Book About Death from the Point of View of a Little Boy
The little boy who is the narrator of this book has just had his pet cat Barney die. He can only think of nine good things about Barney, until the day after the funeral, when he spends the day in the garden with his father. The plot is extremely simple and spare, but the book depicts grief very well, and so we understand just how broken-hearted the little boy is, and how much he loved his cat. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney is an excellent springboard for families of every religious persuasion (including agnostics and atheists) to discuss what they feel happens after we die. My bright, perceptive and sensitive four-year-old has been asking a lot of questions lately -- about birth and death -- and I used this book to explain death to him. The book was extremely powerful for him, and helped him to put into words many questions that he had, and helped me to answer them for him as best I could. The writing is excellent, and perfectly captures the voice of a young boy, and the illustrations are elegant. It's a classic book, and belongs in every library.

3-0 out of 5 stars You don't wanna know the 10th good thing
I finally read this book after years and years of hearing it hyped as the perfect book to help a child deal with the loss of a pet, so I expected a lot.

It's not a bad book. I've always liked Judith Viorst's wry voice that seems to capture children's unsure moments so perfectly, and "...Barney" has a lot of that.

The particular details of the story are even good -- I love that the boy's mother wraps Barney in a piece of cloth before they bury him. I love that the boy's best friend attends the funeral to hear him recite the nine best things about Barney. I love the little argument they have after the funeral, about whether Barney is really in heaven, or if he's just in the ground.

But the book takes a jarring twist when the boy decides what the 10th good thing about Barney is. The 10th good thing is basically that Barney is dead and rotting. OK, OK -- dead and rotting and therefore helping flowers to grow. Life will come from his death, and yes, that is the message.

But really. Basically the 10th good thing about Barney is that he's dead and rotting. I'm a fairly morbid person, very interested in the process of death and decomposition, but I think the ending of this story is too morbid to present to young children at the end of this otherwise sweet, sentimental story. It doesn't seem to fit.

1-0 out of 5 stars Nothing good to say about the 10th good thing....
I work in a school library and as a cat lover am always seeking out the cat books. This one caught my eye and I was expecting something wonderful. I found the story to be hopeless and defeating. How sad the only comfort the father has to offer is composting tips and the last memory the child has to hold is that of a decomposing cat. I'm no censor, but two thumbs way down. Also, if you are looking for something wonderful for pet loss, try Cynthia Rylant's, Cat Heaven!

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple and sensitive, for all ages
Beautifully simple and sensitive portrayel. Could be a comfort for all ages. Keep it in your library to read and reread. Similar to BOOMERANG - A MIRACLE TRILOGY, which is also a tale for all ages about dealing with the pain of pet loss and grief. ... Read more


7. Saying Goodbye to LuLu
by Corinne Demas, Ard Hoyt
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Asin: 0316702781
Catlog: Book (2004-06-01)
Publisher: Little, Brown
Sales Rank: 344226
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book
This beautiful book tells the story of a young girl's love for her dog and her struggles to say goodbye to it. Children of all ages, as well as adults, will relate to the heartfelt emotions and be inspired by this journey from loss to the acceptance of new life. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Poignant portrayal
Saying Goodbye to Lulu poignantly portrays a child's loss of a beloved pet. We meet the endearing, aging Lulu and learn how her young owner discovers loving ways to cope with her dog's death. Our family found this a heartfelt and heartening book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Illustrated
I thought this book covered the loss of a pet to old age very well. My friend thought it was too blunt. I prefer to think of it as honest. Death is not sugar-coated or euphemized. The story talks about remembering, grieving, honoring, and learning to love another pet. ... Read more


8. No Dogs Allowed!
by Bill Wallace
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Asin: 141690381X
Catlog: Book (2005-06-01)
Publisher: Aladdin
Sales Rank: 65128
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After losing Dandy, her family's beloved horse, Kristine decides that she will never get close to another pet again. It's just too heartbreaking. So when her father surprises her with a new puppy for her birthday, Kristine is furious! With a new sister on the way, who need a wriggling, messy, noisy yellow ball of fur to look after? But how can an animal-loving girl resist the sweet brown eyes of a puppy that just wants to be loved?

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9. Angel Cat
by Michael Garland
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Asin: 1563977265
Catlog: Book (1998-10-01)
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Sales Rank: 470982
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Positive Introduction to the Subject of Death
This book is a treasure in our home. It has helped enormously to explain death to my children. The book provides support for statements such as: the dead person's spirit can remain with you, you can look forward to powerful "visits" by the dead person's spririt, but the dead always stay dead since their body is gone, "just like the Angel Cat." When I told my four year old son that my 94 year old grandmother had passed away, he asked to read the Angel Cat that night. I even spoke of this book at her funeral!

5-0 out of 5 stars Touching and beautiful affirmation of love and faith.
This book is a treasure for all ages. A child's love for his pet is perfectly matched with his faith in the kindness and beauty of things he cannot see. Matthew is positive his pet cat, Yin, has gone to heaven and become a winged angel. Is his faith rewarded? Read and see. Each picture and each page is a visual and emotional treat for your whole family. ... Read more


10. Jasper's Day
by Marjorie Blain Parker, Janet Wilson
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Asin: 1550749579
Catlog: Book (2002-09-01)
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Sales Rank: 272032
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Today Riley’s family is celebrating Jasper’s Day. Everything they do will be in honor of Jasper — sort of like a birthday. But it isn’t Jasper’s birthday. The old dog’s cancer has gotten really bad. Riley knows they can’t let him suffer any longer, but letting go will be the hardest thing he’s ever had to do.

Marjorie Blain Parker’s tender story is filled with smiles, tears and the joy of special memories; Janet Wilson’s gentle pastels capture the depth of love shared by a boy and his dog. Together, they speak of acceptance, remembrance and the importance of cherishing life’s every moment. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars 5 hankie book
If you are a dog lover, I recommend you buy this book. I also recommend you read it in private so you can cry in peace. It is a beautifully written account of the last day of a Golden Retriever who's family is giving him one special day before he must take one last trip to the vet. Written from the perspective of Jasper's "boy", it is heart warming and realistic in dealing with the pain of losing a beloved dog.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must read for all ages
This book is a must read for all ages. Touches the heart, and takes the reader back to long forgotten feelings and memories. Sweet and poignant. Arlene Millman, author of BOOMERANG - A MIRACLE TRILOGY (The tale of a remarkable Boston Terrier).

5-0 out of 5 stars Tender and wonderful story for dog lovers
I am a book reviewer for a large newspaper and an author of numerous books, so I see MANY books come across my desk. When this one did, it stopped me right there. I found myself feeling many buried emotions from losing my own dogs and bolstering the feelings I have for my two present buddies. This book is wonderfully told and beautifully rendered. It is a very sad (ala Where the Red Fern Grows) book, but provides a moment of therapy as well. Overall, it is a celebration of the wonderful relationship shared with "man's best friend".

5-0 out of 5 stars Family Favorite
Jasper's Day is a not only a must for every dog owner of the world, it is also a must if you own or have ever owned and lost a pet. This is a perfect addition to every home library. Not only is it a tender engaging story, but it can be used to help kids understand and work through their own feelings of loss and grief.

5-0 out of 5 stars You can't read this story without a tissue.
This is a touching story about a boy Riley who wants to make his retriever Jasper's last day very special. Together the family celebrates what a great companion Jasper has been by visiting many of the places that have been special to him. I would read this story along with my child. Although sad, it is a sweet story of a family's love and respect for a dog they certainly viewed as a member of the family. ... Read more


11. Alone In His Teacher's House (Marvin Redpost 4, paper)
by LOUIS SACHAR
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Asin: 0679819495
Catlog: Book (1994-03-22)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Sales Rank: 26823
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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Illus. in black-and-white. Marvin's friends think he's the luckiest boy in the world when his teacher asks him to dog-sit for a week. He gets to be alone in Mrs. North's house! But pretty soon it starts to look as if Marvin is not so lucky after all...."This title will lure the most reluctant readers, who will be as glad to make Marvin's acquaintance as his old fans will be to greet a new adventure."--Bulletin, Center for Children's Books.
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1-0 out of 5 stars Sad
This book made me sad because there is a death in the book. I also hated the way Marvin's "friends" treated him. They didn't act like real friends should. The book describes a very mean substitute teacher... I don't like that. The only thing good about the book was Marvin's nice teacher.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Good Book for the Everyday Kid
I picked up this book after reading Sachar's "Holes" to my elementary aged kids, and I was very pleased with the content. In this book, Sachar allows his readers to see life from the perspective of a regular, everyday kid -- and reading it inspired a "what-would-you-do-in-that-situation" dialogue with my own regular, everyday kids. I truly appreciated seeing a young person in this age range (the 3rd grade-ish Marvin Redpost) portrayed as having a conscious, a sense of responsibility, and the awareness to have compassion for others. Marvin is faced with a pretty grown-up sized situation concerning a beloved pet, and I think it's handled with grace and tenderness. I was pleased to see my children feeling compassion for this character, and I'm looking forward to reading more of Marvin's adventures to my own kids.

3-0 out of 5 stars Alone in His Teacher's House
Marvin Redpost gets to feed and take care of his teacher's dog while she is on vacation. Nick and Stuart, Marvin's best friends, thinks he is the luckiest kid in the world. Suddenly Marvin's teacher's dog dies. Now Marvin is the unluckiest kid in the world. Will Marvin's teacher be mad at him and give him bad grades?

5-0 out of 5 stars Read This Book If You Llike To Watch Dogs?
Find out what it is like to go in your teacher's house in this Marvin Red Post book. Marvin Red Post is a little boy. He was alone in his teacher's house. Marvin was babysitting his teacher's dog. The author sends a message about being nice by helping others. The pictures are good but the words help you see the book in your mind. Read Marvin Redpost: Alone in His Teacher's House By: Luis Sachar to find out what happens to Marvin as he watches the dog.

4-0 out of 5 stars When the school bell rings the action is just getting starte
When the school bell rings the action is just getting started when Marvin RedPost is alone in his Teachers House!

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12. The Best Cat in the World
by Leslea Newman
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Asin: 0802852521
Catlog: Book (2004-02-01)
Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Sales Rank: 110434
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for anyone who loses a beloved pet.
As a book reviewer for Funseeker's Radio Network I read a lot of books for children. This one helps with the process of saying goodbye to a treasured pet and getting used to another, sometimes more different, pet. In this case Charlie has had a long and happy life as "the best cat in the world" for young Victor. The boy is devastated when Charlie dies and doesn't think he will ever want another cat, but Charlie's vet, Dr. Levin calls him and offers him a new kitten. He accepts reluctantly and soon finds that Shelley is a different cat altogether. Her habits and ways are not like Charlie's, but he finally realizes that he again has the "best cat in the world." The story is well-written and the illustrations by Ronald Himler are excellent. I would recommend this book highly to anyone who has lost a pet or as a gift for someone who is dealing with the death for a pet.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can the heart make room?
A boy has lost his friend and companion-an orange cat named Charlie-to old age. He cries inconsolably for two whole days, and cannot even eat the favorite supper Mom prepares for him. He and Mom plant a rosebush with orange flowers at the burial site, and the boy sits by it after school and tries to talk with Charlie. Listen as hard as he may, however, there is no reply.

When the vet calls to ask if Victor would provide a home for Shelley, a brand-new tortoiseshell kitten, he is hesitant. Perhaps he won't like the kitten, or the kitten won't like him.

Victor brings home the multi-colored bundle of fur, and gradually adjusts to her ways, which often differ from Charlie's. She does not like to be scratched between the ears while she eats, as Charlie did. She prefers the windowsill to the special pillow on Victor's bed where Charlie used to sleep.

Soon, however, Victor begins to delight in Shelley's unique behaviors-how she plays with the water while he brushes his teeth and how she chases her own tail.

Himler's pencil-and-watercolors capture Victor's full range of emotion-concern and worry, grief, amusement, and joy--in this book that demonstrates how the human heart can have many rooms.

5-0 out of 5 stars A profoundly compelling picture book about grief
Flowing color paintings by Ronald Himler add a moving touch to The Best Cat In The World is a poignant story by Leslea Newman about a young boy named Victor who loses his beloved feline companion Charlie to old age. When a new cat, Shelley, comes to the household, she is different from Charlie in almost every way - she doesn't do the things Charlie used to do, or respond in the same way. But in time Victor learns that his new friend is unique and special, and every bit as much "the best cat in the world" as Charlie was, in this profoundly compelling picture book about grief and the slow process of healing. The Best Cat In The World is especially recommended reading for young people who have lost a treasured animal companion.

5-0 out of 5 stars Purrfect!
I am a softie for any books with cats on the cover. The title of this book, 'The Best Cat in the World' reminds me somewhat of Cleveland Amory's book ('The Best Cat Ever'), but this is not a book like that - this is a children's book. It tells the story of two cats, really - one named Charlie, who passes away early in the book, and one named Shelley, who finds a new home with the young boy Victor after Charlie is gone. It is a wonderful tale about letting go and starting anew. One of the good things about children having pets is that they learn love and responsibility; one the sadder parts about children having pets is that they die, and the children have to deal with the loss.

Charlie was a special cat for Victor, with set mannerisms and patterns Victor was used to. After Charlie died, the family buried him in the back yard, and Victor was nearly inconsolable. However, Victor's mother and the vet brought Victor together with another cat, Shelley, who had been dropped off at the office. At first Victor is very resistant, comparing Shelley to Charlie in somewhat unfavourable ways. 'Charlie never did that,' Victor would think, as Shelley would do (or not do) as Charlie had done. However, felines have the kind of magic that works on a willing soul, and Victor comes to love the individuality in Shelley, without diminishing his love for his lost companion, Charlie. Shelley becomes heir to the title 'Best Cat in the World', and rumbles purring in response in the same fashion as Charlie did.

The text is simple, sweet and very readable by children. The author Leslea Newman has penned several children's books, some with cats and some without. Ronald Himler, the illustrator, has provided his wonderful graphic pen for some seventy-five books; the drawings are charming and engaging, and enhance the story with a softness watercolours provide and detail that pencil can add.

This is a wonderful gift for children, particularly those who need to learn to deal with the kind of separation that a pet's death brings home. It does not make light of its subject, but does not dwell on the tragic, nor does it dishonour the cat who is gone by simple replacement. A wonderful book! ... Read more


13. Goodbye Mousie
by Robie H. Harris
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Asin: 0689871341
Catlog: Book (2004-11-01)
Publisher: Aladdin
Sales Rank: 353577
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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When I woke up this morning, I tickled Mousie's tummy. But Mousie didn't wake up.

When a child learns that his pet mouse has died, at first he can't believe it. "Mousie is NOT dead!" he insists. "He's just...very...very sleepy this morning."

But it takes time for the young narrator to understand that Mousie IS dead and he's not coming back. With the help of his family, the child finds out that it's perfectly okay to feel angry and sad when his pet mouse -- whom he loves -- dies. By voicing his feelings and asking questions, he finally begins to accept Mousie's death.

Beautifully told by award-winning author Robie H. Harris and gently illustrated by world-renowned artist Jan Ormerod, Goodbye Mousie is a perfect book with which to help children cope with loss. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Marvelous Easy-to-Understand Book About Death
One morning, a young boy wakes up to find his beloved pet mouse, known as Mousie, asleep. No matter what the little boy does, Mousie just won't wake up. His Father informs him that young Mousie has died. The young boy doesn't want to believe his Father. After all, little Mousie was fine the day before, and he was a very happy mouse. The boy is soon overcome with anger that Mousie has left him without any warning, and feels very sad. But after talking about the good times he shared with Mousie, and creating a special box for Mousie's burial that is filled with all kinds of goodies for Mousie to enjoy once he gets to mouse-heaven, the boy begins to feel a lot better about the loss of his beloved Mousie.

Robie H. Harris has done a marvelous job in creating a book for young children, that will explain to them easily why their pet had to die. The prose is wonderful, and possesses an easy-to understand format, while each page is filled with gorgeous full-color illustrations by Jan Ormerod. GOODBYE MOUSIE is a spectacular book that should occupy a space on everyone's bookshelf. Especially for those who have young children, and own pets.

Erika Sorocco
Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper

5-0 out of 5 stars realistically written and beautifully illustrated
I checked this book out at the library not knowing the subject. The cover shows a small boy playing with his mouse, but the first page starts out with the boy waking up to find his mouse "asleep". Written in the first person (of the boy), this book is sensitive and realistic in how a parent might help a young child deal with the death of a pet. It relates the father's tenderness in talking with his son, who goes through the range of emotions, including denial, sadness and anger. The boy appears to be of the preschool age, and while he seems to understand the finality of death, he also wants his mousie friend to be warm, well fed, and entertained after they bury him. The words are comforting to read and the illustrations are simple and beautifully done.

My 3 yr old boys have not personally experienced the death of a pet, but they've asked to read it several times. Our next door neighbor's dog died this summer and relate the mouse and the dog. They are very aware of the fact that the mouse died and is gone to "mousie heaven" (their words, not the books). They ask questions and empathize with and comfort the boy. We personally have an older bunny and dog, so I will certainly have this book in mind when they pass on.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a magnificent way to teach children about loss!
I work as a therapist, and I think this is a great book to help to "normalize" (as much as possible) the process of losing a pet.I think this book can also serve as a springboard for children and parents to talk openly about loss.Robie Harris' book is a hit!

5-0 out of 5 stars A realistic story to help children cope with loss.
Today I read ten books for children on death and loss at my local book store.GOODBYE MOUSIE by Robie H. Harris was selected for its clear, realistic emotions experienced by a young boy when his pet dies. The book was purchased to place in an elementary school library in memory of a first grade teacher who unexpectedly passed away recently.

5-0 out of 5 stars A realistic story to help children cope with loss.
Today I read ten books for children on death and loss at my local book store.GOODBYE MOUSIE by Robie H. Harris was selected for its clear, realistic emotions experienced by a young boy when his pet dies. The book was purchased to place in an elementary school library in memory of a first grade teacher who unexpectedly passed away recently. ... Read more


14. Sadie Listens: An Inward Journey
by James M. Steele
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Asin: 0971681139
Catlog: Book (2003-02-15)
Publisher: Steele Studios
Sales Rank: 93047
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Almost everyone has felt out of touch, in chaos, or overwhelmed by their feelings. You are invited to discover how Sadie Listens by noticing and nurturing her feelings.

When Sadie's cat dies, the young girl tries to distract herself from the loss. After several attempts to escape her feelings, she seeks inward connection.

The illustrations begin with only rusty brown tones. Blue and rose are introduced to represent interacting parts of Sadie's being. The story ends in many colors, depicting Sadie's connection with herself and the world around her. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sadie Listens
This is a book not only for children but for adults too. So much is said in so few words. The illustrations are key to the message. With so much going on today and so much of our pain and feelings kept inside, this book helps up to own our feelings without having to fix them.
I know personally that this book has had a deep affect on mnany children as well as adult friends.

J. McArthur

5-0 out of 5 stars A book for all ages and all times!
The words of E. McMahon and P. Campbell about "Sadie Listens" from the Foreword to the book summarize the essence of the book for me. They wrote: "Steele's ingenious little classic provides a unique glimpse into that moment of transformation when body-connections are made and inner worlds unfold" And they conclude this paragraph with "The outer conflict we experience and the social disorder so prevalent in our world today, stem directly from this state of inner disconnection."

The author provides this glimpse with the use of incredible drawings which appear almost three-dimensional. Sadie's appearance could be related to by a person of either gender, or most any racial background.

The book is of exceptional quality. The hard back cover contains the same rich design that is also on the dust jacket. The colors throughout are rich and meaningful. The author describes his reason for the choice of tones in the synopsis on the front flap of the dust cover.

The book can not fully describe what Sadie does inside when she listens, but I have seen it open readers to want to learn more. A resource for learning more is listed at the bottom of the Foreword page.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's not about feelings; it's about feeling feelings & more
"Sadie Listens" accomplishes a complex task in a profoundly simple story. It is easy to talk "about" feelings. It's easy to say "I'm sad" or "I'm mad" but it is very difficult to focus inside and just "feel" feelings--especially the scary ones. Working with children who are grieving, this is one of our tasks; so I am always looking for ways to help the children move from just talking about their feelings to actually feeling and listening. The first time I read the book to a group of bereaved children, it was obvious that they "got it."

5-0 out of 5 stars Sadie Listens
Sadie Listens at first glance is a children's book, but it is also a book for adults. This beautiful story weaves us through the emotional journey of grief and shows us that the path lies directly in front of us and we must move through the path rather than around it. I highly recommend this book for anyone dealing with the emotional turmoil of the grieving process.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helping children to learn to listen to their heart
"Sadie Listens" is a short children's story about Sadie and the emptiness that she feels inside after the death of her cat. It elegantly discloses her feelings and the failure of activities to fill her loss. She learns to turn inside and listen to herself and to her feelings. It is a book about feelings, confusion, social expectations, and healing. A highly recommended purchase for anyone with a child going through difficult times of any kind, it can easily be used to open a discussion with children about honoring their feelings and moving on to healing. ... Read more


15. A Dog Like Jack
by Dyanne Disalvo Ryan, Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan
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Asin: 0823416801
Catlog: Book (1999-12-01)
Publisher: Holiday House
Sales Rank: 249710
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Sad and true. A good one for helping to heal grief.
This picture book presents the life and death of a family pet truthfully, responsibly, and in a manner that its intended audience can understand.

Jack is adopted from a shelter when he's eight years old. The young narrator points out, "That's fifty-six in dog years." Later on, when the narrator turns 8 himself, he realizes Jack is now 91 in dog years. The concept of "dog years" will be a tough one to explain to very young children, but just hearing that the narrator has a 91-year-old dog will probably be enough to make them understand that this is a dog who's lived a very long life.

And it's a good, happy life as well. Jack is played with, taken trick-or-treating, taken on family vacations complete with romps on the beach -- and he's always shown wearing a collar with ID and rabies vaccination tags, a responsible touch that I appreciated.

The text has a light touch without sugarcoating anything. The pictures of old, tired Jack might be a little upsetting to a sensitive child -- I know sad, tired doggie eyes get me every time.

In general, however, this book's straightforward yet warm approach makes it a good choice for families looking for books that can help them deal with the pain of losing a pet.

1-0 out of 5 stars Viewer Discretion Advised
My son cried several times over the week following our reading this book.
Having read hundreds of books to my 4 year old son, I found this one to have
uniquely missed the target audience.This familiar story simply failed
to sufficiently reconcile the dogJack's death.
I'm sure that adult dog owners, who have lost a beloved pet, will love it.
Unfortunately, this is a children's book. Children need to have such stories
presented is a sensitive, better conceived manner. Admittedly, the imagery
and illustration are pleasant, but I can only recommend against this book
to parents.

5-0 out of 5 stars Touching story of love and loss
...Anyone who has lost a pet, especially one as dedicated as a dog like Jack, will be moved and comforted by this tender and sad story.For many young children, the loss of a pet is their first exposure to death and grieving, so stories about what they’re going through are a helpful way of healing into that loss.Jack’s family has a ceremony when they bury his ashes and they always try to remember the good things about Jack.They allow themselves to feel what they feel, whether it be sadness or happy memories about times past.They may go on and get another dog sometime, but for right now, they’re not ready.

This is a beautifully written and illustrated book with soft watercolors and an easily flowing story that is a genuine pleasure to read.While it doesn’t address existential questions like “what happens to us after we die?”, it does explain the grieving process from a child’s perspective and encourages families to talk about their loss as a way of healing.The final page, written by Ms. Kathleen Dunn, chief social worker for the Vetinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, helps adults understand the grieving process in children and explains some of the things they may be looking for.

Even if you haven’t had the recent loss of a pet in your life, “A Dog Like Jack” is definitely worth reading and adding to your collection.Thank you, Ms. Disalvo-Ryan, for this wonderful work and the opportunity, however brief, to meet a beautiful dog like Jack.

5-0 out of 5 stars Our reading was so timely
We found this book by coincidence several days after our beloved Miles died--he looked like Jack and was about the same age. It was just wonderful to read it, and it helped us recall all the good times we had with our dog. The part for adults in the back was very helpful. I especially loved that Jack was from a shelter. I just wish we had found it before our dog had died. I shed many tears as I read it to my little boy, and my older kids loved it, too.

5-0 out of 5 stars For pet lovers
I just bought two copies of this book. One for my 5 year old because our golden is 11 years old and starting to fail, and one for my friend whose dog is 14. It is a heartwarming story for children and adults alike. I think it would be very helpful to have it if you have a pet that is old.Another excellent book is the 10th Good Thing About Barney, which concernsanother young boy whose cat dies and explains the way he and his parentsdeal with the death. ... Read more


16. Remember Rafferty: A Book About the Death of a Pet for Children of All Ages
by Joy Johnson, Kristi McClendon, Shari Borum, Centering Corporation
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Asin: 1561230243
Catlog: Book (1998-06-01)
Publisher: Centering Corp
Sales Rank: 513343
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A book about the death of a pet. . .for children of all ages.This book is unique because of the scrapbook in the back for children to write down memories of their beloved pet.Rafferty is a family dog that gets very sick.The family makes the difficult decision to end his life.Talks about remembering your pet and grieving the loss. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars If your pet has died, you want this
It's a beautiful book and it helped both me and my children when our dog had to be put down. It's precious and it's helpful. You know you're not alone when you read Rafferty. ... Read more


17. The Beloved Dearly
by Doug Cooney
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Asin: 0689831277
Catlog: Book (2002-02-01)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Sales Rank: 206396
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Ernie is a twelve-year-old tycoon, always on the lookout for a fast buck. This time he stumbles onto a money-making bonanza: pet funerals. He hires Dusty to decorate the burial boxes and Tony to dig the holes, but his prize find is Swimming Pool, a tomboy who delivers a crying jag not to be missed. Business goes through the roof -- until Ernie loses Swimming Pool over a raise and the whole venture unravels. Here is a rollicking, fun-spirited novel about friendship, loss, business -- and how we learn to express our feelings.

As a stage play, The Beloved Dearly was toured by the Lincoln Center Institute in a production directed by Elizabeth Swados. The play has also been produced at TADA!, where it was awarded the First Look Prize; South Coast Repertory; Florida Stage; and Riverside Children's Theatre; and it has been published by Dramatic Publishing. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Disgusting
This book makes light of a serious subject without any true aim or benefit. Shame on all of you for calling this thing good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Entrepreneurial spirit alive & well in Beloved Dearly
How to describe this book? If you're under 13, think ABC Saturday Morning's "Recess" morphed with Nickelodeon humor (more sharper edged). If you're over 35, think "The Little Rascals" for a new millenium. I'm not doing it justice, but that's the best way to explain the kids in "Beloved Dearly." These are distinct and memorable kids, and out of scraps, odds and ends, and sheer will, they transform an abandoned lot (and their own lives) into a venture (and adventure) with a real (albeit moneymaking) purpose - to help the grieving children/pet-owners achieve closure with a funeral, including a viewing, eulogy, mourners, and custom-made coffins.

Ernie's the con man whose mind never stops working. Swimming Pool is tough but heartfelt as the girl who cries over the pet funerals Ernie stages. Dusty is the artist who pours his soul and his creative energy into the functional artwork (not mere coffins) that celebrate the lives of the dearly departed pets. And a whole rich cast of wacky characters (mostly kids but a couple of adults too) make childhood a whole lot cooler than you remember (if you're a grownup) or may be currently experiencing (if you're not).

Mind you, this was a stage play that Doug Cooney was asked to turn into a book, and so the dialogue is amazing, fluid, fun to read and fun to say aloud (and hear read aloud, for that matter - an audiobook version is on its way as of this writing, with a full cast of kids clearly having fun in their roles).

There's nothing vanilla in this sixteen scoop/seven different toppings/whipped cream with a cherry on top/sprinkles *and* nuts sundae of a book. It's inventive, unpredictable, engaging, and fun ...and touches upon several deeper themes without ever slowing down the pace or the language. The relationships between Ernie and his dad, and Swimming Pool and her brother, will tug at you long after the story ends, when you're no longer diverted by the snappy and clever dialogue and the subplots have time to sink in.

Just before she read this, my 10 year old daughter woke up one morning to find that her beloved crayfish (brought home from a 5th grade science "observation" project and tenderly cared for for weeks) had died in the night. She was utterly torn apart, just as much as if it had been a small furry mammal. Oddly enough, reading this book (even though it was a humorous look at pet funerals) helped her because it honored a whole host of "pets", not just the ones that look cute as babies.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cooney Blockbuster
Doug Cooney bursts into the world of children's literature with his delightful story of love and loss. The pet funeral business is booming and characters like Swimming Pool, Ernie, and the dead bunny bring humor and warmth to his tale. Five thumbs up!

5-0 out of 5 stars Move aside,Harry Potter!
My sons, who are 9 and 10 years old, really loved this book.They laughed out loud through many of the chapters.They are not the most enthusiastic readers in town, so it was great to see them so engaged. It was also fun to hear them discussing what they had read and their take on childrens literature. They are fairly burned out on Harry Potter,and the Lemony Snicket books. The Beloved Dearly is by far their favorite book of all time, or so they say. Now we just have to wait for Mr. Cooneys next book to come out.Could you ask him to try to have it ready in time for our long flight to Orlando this June?

5-0 out of 5 stars "Beloved Dearly" is the best book I have read in years!
This book addresses children's grief issues in a personal and intimate tone. Adults and children of all ages can learn from this insightful expression of love and loss. Cooney's use of dramatic language brings color and passion to every chapter. The book is inspiring and a joy to read. I highly recommend it! ... Read more


18. When Ratboy Lived Next Door
by Chris Woodworth
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Asin: 0374346771
Catlog: Book (2005-03-17)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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When Ratboy is the right boy

From the spring day in 1962 when Willis Merrill and his pet
raccoon arrive in Maywood, Indiana, they are nothing but
trouble for Lydia Carson. Lydia nicknames Willis "Ratboy" and
wonders why he can't be more like his handsome older brother,
Elliot. Life gets more complicated when Lydia alienates Elliot
by insulting Willis and comes to a standoff with her mother. In
her struggle to make amends with all, Lydia finds an ally in
Willis and discovers the good in herself.

In her sharp, fresh voice, the author captures the flavor of a
small town in Middle America and the hearts of its populace as
she tells a powerful story about the resiliency - and flexibility -
of family.
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19. The Old Dog
by Charlotte Zolotow
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Asin: 0060244097
Catlog: Book (1995-09-30)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Sales Rank: 771514
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Sensitive topic for young children
I think any child who is dealing with the death of a pet will want to hear this story. They can relate to the boy not being able to understand where his dog went. The oil paintings are touching and give the reader a sense for the boy's sadness when he exclaims, "I miss you," to the air. This book will show children how to empathize with others. ... Read more


20. Desser the Best Ever Cat
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Asin: 0375810560
Catlog: Book (2001-04-10)
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Sales Rank: 152053
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A heartwarming and cathartic book for anyone who has ever loved, and lost, a cat.

This is the story of a cat, told by the little girl who loved him best.

From his first plaintive mew to his last loving purr, Desser was an essential member of the family. And for the little girl, especially, he was a constant companion. He was the catalyst for her first steps, thrilled when she got her first big bed, and he was waiting for her after her first day of school. But as the girl grows bigger, Desser grows older. And eventually it is time to say good-bye. Still, by telling his story and remembering him well, the girl finds a way to keep him alive in her heart.

With the simplest words and truly adorable illustrations, Maggie Smith captures the special bond we have with our pets and offers a helpful method for coping with their loss.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A sweet story
This is SUCH a sad book!!! I read it yesterday, and I actually cried. The sweetness and love of the little girl to her cat really touched my heart. The pictures are also very nice. I would reccomend this book to children who have lost a pet that they dearly loved, like the girl in this story.
Desser, the cat, has been with the little girls father since Desser was a kitten, since before her dad met her mom and they got married and had her. In the beginning, it is very sweet and touching when it shows the memories of Desser, playing and sleeping with the girl (who narrates the story), sometimes even doing bad things, but, as she puts it, "I could never be mad at him for long." And then it has the memories of as Desser gets older, blind in one eye, sick, and how the girl feels when she thinks Desser is going to die.
It's so sweet how much this girl loves her cat, it still makes me cry thinking about it! The line that touched me the most was when Desser was a very old, sick cat, and she whispers to him one night, "You are the best cat that ever, ever lived."
And although this book has a happy ending, the sadness of some parts may overrule it (at least it did to me). I ABSOLUTELY reccomend this book for ages 6-7+. It is definitly worth the money with the beautiful pictures and memorable lines. I love this book!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book to help children deal with loss of a cat
We originally read this book when my son was 3 1/2 and we lost our 14 year old cat. Our cat was very close to our son, and it was a very tough time for him. We read this book over and over, laughing and crying all along. This book is so genuine that it completely covers life with a cat in a way that will tug at your heart strings, and yet help you understand that you are part of a universal experience when you take a cat into your life. Reading about Desser helped us remember the fun times with our cat, and when we cried together when Desser died, we felt better knowing that our cat, like Desser, was the Best Ever Cat. I highly recommend this book, especially for children who have a pet of any kind. Sharing this book with your child will help you both experience the great joy and satisfaction that comes with having a pet, even though it can be one of the saddest of times when that beloved pet is gone. Beautifully illustrated and delightful text make this a fabulous book to add to your collection, as we have now done.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for your family's collection
Desser, The Best Ever Cat is a fabulous book that should be included in every family's children's book collection. It deals beautifully with the joy of having a pet and also the terrible sadness that comes when the pet passes away. In this story we get to know and love Desser, the best ever cat, follow him through his life, and be there with him when he dies peacefully. The family is very sad, but after time passes they get a new cat. Desser has certainly not been repaced, instead he is remembered and his life celebrated.

Maggie Smith's illustrations are, as always, wonderful and colorful and tell the story along with the words. My children, four and six, love this book. This is our book of choice for gift giving this year. ... Read more


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