Lonesome Puppy, Hardback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Yoshitomo Nara, one of the most popular contemporary artists in the world, is at the forefront of a wave of Japanese artists whose work exuberantly erases the line between pop culture and fine art.

In his first book for children, Nara tells the charming story of a puppy so large that no one notices him - until 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 a delight not only for young readers but also for Nara's legion of adult fans.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 40 pages, Full colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9780811856409



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A very very big dog is lonely. He's so big no one notices him. One day a little girl climbs up him and suddenly finds herself looking at the dogs gigantic eyes. First she's startled, but then she starts to smile and sing songs. The girl and the dog become friends and the dog isn't lonely anymore. That last several pages are random pictures of the girl and the dog playing.It's very well done. The author is Japanese and the pictures have a modern Asian art feel to them. There are some deeper thoughts for parents, perhaps even a hint of religious commentary, but not at the level kids will pick up on.

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Somewhat strange...it is either so plain, I don't get the appeal, or it is so deep, I am missing the deeper meaning. Nice illustrations though.

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