Where Lily Isn’t by Julie Paschkis

Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

There aren’t too many families who haven’t lost a pet at some time, and there aren’t too many books written for a young child about this subject. In fact the last really good one I can remember is Judith Viorst’s The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, published in 1987. Now there’s a new one, and it’s very well written. This new book, Where Lily Isn’t, is a story from a young girl about all the places that her dog, Lily, isn’t anymore. Over a couple of pages we hear how Lily ran and jumped and barked and whimpered and growled and wiggled and wagged, and throughout the rest of the book we get to learn a lot about Lily and the girl who loved her. Although there’s obvious sadness, there is also a final line that makes us remember how special our special friends were, and how lucky we are to have known them.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E PASCHKIS)

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