Fetch by Jorey HurleyFetch by Jorey Hurley


byJorey Hurley

Picture Books | May 5, 2016

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Experience the simple joy of a dog’s day at the beach in this vibrant picture book from the acclaimed author-illustrator of Nest, which the New York Times Book Review said was “certain to please aesthetically minded children and adults” and that Shelf Awareness called “a quiet masterpiece.”

As with her debut picture book, Nest, “Hurley lets her bright, clean illustrations do her storytelling, limiting the text on each page to a single, evocative word” (Publishers Weekly) in this delightful depiction of a dog’s day at the beach and the joy a simple ball can bring.

With minimal prose and illustrations that echo the patterns of nature, Fetch is a story of the thrill of adventure and the joy of returning home.
Title:FetchFormat:Picture BooksProduct dimensions:40 pages, 10 × 9.5 × 0.5 inShipping dimensions:10 × 9.5 × 0.5 inPublished:May 5, 2016Publisher:Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1442489693

ISBN - 13:9781442489691

Appropriate for ages: 3


Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth it Bought this book expecting vibrant pictures (the description really sold me) - but there was nothing vibrant about it. The illustrations were very dull and each page had one word on it (fetch, sit, swim). I do not find this book to be educational or even interesting to look at.
Date published: 2017-01-06

Editorial Reviews

A day at the seaside is a joyous adventure for the Labrador retriever protagonist of this restricted-vocabulary picture book. Each spread has a verb describing the pooch’s action as she chases after her beloved red ball; “fetch” when it’s tossed, “search” when she’s hunting for the ball bobbing on the waves, “splash” when she paddles out toward it, etc. As the dog pursues the prize, she engages with local wildlife, passing a moment with some seagulls and sporting with some dolphins, until finally she brings the ball back to her beloved little girl for an inevitable eager “again?” While there’s plenty of readaloud hay to be made of this (a “guess the word” challenge would elicit some energetic participation), it’s beginning readers who will really appreciate the easy gamesmanship of figuring out the single word per spread and the genuine story behind the spare text. Digital art has the smooth solidity of cut-paper collage shapes, especially in the sandy figure of the dog, whose poses are well-observed authentic canine moves...the surprise discovery of various marine animals will provide audi- ences/readers with added diversion. This is rife with language arts potential, and it’ll make a lively next step after Sullivan’s one-word wonder, Ball (BCCB 5/13). DS