Annotations for Charley's First Night


Baker & Taylor
A little boy spending his first night with his new puppy promises to be responsible, but then decides to change the whimpering puppy's sleeping place.

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Baker & Taylor
The award-winning author of Kiss Good Night and the illustrator of There's Going to Be a Baby team up in a story about a little boy who spends a first night with his new puppy while promising to be responsible and deciding to change the whimpering puppy's sleeping place.

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Random House, Inc.
Two of our most beloved picture book creators team up to tell a classic story of a child, his new puppy, and a first night home.

On Charley's first night, Henry carries his new puppy in his old baby blanket all the way to his house. He shows Charley every room, saying, "This is home, Charley." He says that a lot so that Charley will know that he is home. Henry's parents are very clear about who will be walking and feeding Charley (Henry will, and he can't wait). They are also very clear about where Charley will be sleeping: Charley will be sleeping in the kitchen. But when the crying starts in the middle of the night, Henry knows right away that it's Charley! And it looks like his parents' idea about where Charley is going to sleep may have to change. With warmth, humor, and endearing simplicity, Amy Hest tells a tale familiar to everyone who has loved a puppy, while Helen Oxenbury renders each tender gesture and charming detail in a beauty of a book that children will be eager to take home.

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