When Charley Met Grandpa by Amy Hest and Helen Oxenbury

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Walker Books, hardback, £11.99

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Henry can't wait! Not only is Grandpa coming to visit but he'll meet Henry's puppy Charley for the first time. Henry and Charley tramp through the snow to the station to meet Grandpa. After a delay, the train pulls into the platform and Henry can see Grandpa waving. But what will he think of Charley as he's never been friends with a dog before?

This simple story enters the world of the child and captures the intensity of Henry's - and Charley's - excitement, disappointment, anticipation and joy from the day's events. It might seem an ordinary day through adult eyes, but for a child, the day has been an enormous and emotional occasion.

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