by Elisha Cooper
Greenwillow, 2012. Unpaged. Picture Book.
Homer is a dog well-named, because he likes to stay home. When the others dogs want him to chase and race around the yard he politely declines. When little sister wants him to explore the field he says no, and when older sister invites him to the beach he says he's fine. Mom invites him to go swimming and Dad asks him to run to the market, but he is fine right where he is, resting on the porch and watching the world go by. "Do you need anything?" his family asks. No, he replies, in his doggy heart and mind. "I have everything I want. I have you." Elisha Cooper's straightforward text is perfectly matched to his evocative, peaceful water colors. What a beautiful story about a faithful pet and a loving family.