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3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  544 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
Home isn't just where the heart is.

Home is often where the dog is.

And for this loyal dog—who you will recognize if you have ever loved a dog—home is where you are.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Greenwillow Books
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Jul 05, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Genre: Picture book, Realistic fiction

Audience: Primary

Book Talk: If you have ever loved an old dog than this is a sweet picture book for sentimental adult readers and their compassionate listeners. The story doesn’t come right out and say it, but Homer is an old dog in a dog loving family. He vicariously experiences all that goes on in the lives of his household members through his birds’ eye view from the front porch. Homer is invited, but is content to watch. There are his fellow dogs, excite
Wonderful, soft, inviting, heart-warming illustrations. This book made me melt. Deceptively simple, the illustrations have details that I just want to keep searching out. Great sense of place, of home, of family, of calm and serenity and peace. This book brings an important message -- of living life slowly, of savoring the moments, of taking the time to just sit and ponder and *live*. This is exemplified not only by Homer, but also by the family he lives with. Lovely, lovely book.

3 starred revie
Jun 26, 2016 Margie rated it really liked it
If you're an animal, especially dog, lover, this will certainly appeal. Of all the things, experiences, etc offered to Homer it seems his needs/wants are very simple. He wants a home, and a family to love and to love him in return. The illustrations and brief, well-chosen words, say it all.
Sep 08, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
This book is just right. Loved it.

Random fact: My local library cataloged it "Contentment -- Fiction."

Now I want a dog, dammit.

Sep 14, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it
Not quite sure what the sentiment is here, but the story is simple with great repetitions and the illustrations are nice.
Linda Atkinson
May 31, 2012 Linda Atkinson rated it it was amazing
Caution: Kleenix required; brought the tears to the eyes.
Kayla Fallis
Sep 12, 2012 Kayla Fallis rated it really liked it
This story by Elisha Cooper is a great nominee for the 2013 Caldecott Medal. This story is about a dog named Homer that lays on the porch all day while his family and dog friends go out and play and go to the beach. Homer does not want to participate in any of the activities and when asked if he wants or needs anything he says "No, I have everything I need." At the very end of the story he says "I have you." Through the illustrations we know that he means his owners. Each illustration in this ...more
Homer is an older, laid-back family dog (he looks to be a golden retriever or yellow lab). He spends a day on the porch while the other members of his family (other dogs and people, too) come and go about their business. Everyone checks in with him – inviting him along on their adventures and activities – but Homer is happy where he is. As the day draws to a close, the family returns – taking a few minutes to share something with Homer. And when the sun sets, Homer walks into the house, has his ...more
S Farneth
Apr 01, 2014 S Farneth rated it really liked it
Homer is the kind of picture book that makes you go aaawww at the end. It just makes you feel better. For anyone who has ever had a dog you will recognize your faithful companion. Homer doesn't ask for much. He just lies on the porch and watches all of the activity around him. Members of the family each ask him, Explore the field? Walk to the beach? Swim in the waves? Run to the market? And the answer is always the same, No, I’m fine right here.

As each member of the family returns from errands
Jun 18, 2012 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Homer is out on the porch when the day starts. Everyone seems to have something that they want to do that day. The other dogs want to run around and play chase. Homer doesn’t want to. He doesn’t want to play in the field either, or walk to the beach, or swim, or go to the market. He stays on the porch. One-by-one the others return from their day and everyone tells Homer about it. The dogs are tired from running. He gets to smell the flowers from the field and even wear one. There are shells to ...more
Apr 26, 2013 Asho rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful picture book about an old dog named Homer who lounges on the front porch of his beach house as his family goes about their daily routine. The illustrations are lovely and support the text perfectly. I especially like the picture that shows everybody simultaneously engaging in the activities they told Homer they were heading out to do.
I got choked up when reading this thinking about our beloved old hound dogs who, like Homer, seem very content to just have their family. (Spea
Dec 18, 2012 Hilary rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Homer is an old dog. He likes to lie quietly and watch the activiites of others. The reader gets the feeling that as a younger dog, Homer took part in all the activities he is now content to a spectator of. Family members respect his wishes, but acknowledge him, as well. They include him -- asking Homer if wants to come along, showing him their treasures when they return.

At the end of the day, Homer s-tr-e-tch-es and ambles inside to take up residence in a comfy chair and snooze away the evenin
Jan 29, 2013 Barbara rated it it was amazing
While life goes on busily around him, elderly Homer is content to lie on his porch and wait for his human companions to return. Even though they invite him to come along, he chooses not to do so. After all, he's living a dog's life and is doing just what he wants to do. Just about every reader will be touched at the pleasure with which he slips into a well-worn, comfortable chair where he can be close to those he loves. After all, he truly does have everything he needs. Not only does the ...more
Landon Rotolo-Utz
Feb 22, 2015 Landon Rotolo-Utz rated it really liked it
Homer written by Elisha Cooper tells the story of an old dog who wants not. Homer spends his days enjoying the porch and appreciating the comforts of home. It's a sweet story that portrays the theme of being thankful. Students in the classroom would love the beautiful illustrations that are framed with dark outlining with medium sized text underneath. This would be a good book for independent reading with students in first or second grade. For kindergarten I'd use this text as a read aloud for e ...more
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Jul 02, 2016 Vernon Area Public Library KIDS rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: preschool thru 2nd grade
Enter the world of Homer, a mature yellow lab: serene and calm as he relaxes at his family’s beach house on a warm summer’s day. Homer’s friends ask him to play, but he is most comfortable lounging on the porch and on his favorite indoor chair. Author Elisha Cooper uses beautiful watercolor and pencil illustrations to capture the day as it passes into evening. A good read for families wanting to quiet the pace of modern life and a reflection on inner peace and contentment with loved ones. For ...more
Jan 21, 2016 Hailey rated it it was ok
Shelves: child-lit
This book is about a dog named Homer that gets asked by every member of his family to do something different like go to the beach or play or go to the market. Homer says no to all of it. His family slowly comes home and tells him how great all of their adventures were and Homer is glad. Homer is just glad because he has his family.
This book was good but it was for a very very low reading level. I did like the idea behind the book though.
I could use this in the classroom as a very first beginnin
Oswego Public Library District
Homer is an old dog who still enjoys spending time with his family, but not like when he was a young pup. He now spends time on the porch waiting for them at the end of the day. A great story, told very well, this would be a wonderful way to share with your child about their pet growing old. - Becky

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Lu Benke
I could see this book being a perfect fit for a storytime. Nowhere is there allusion to the dog being much older and hence, content to stay on the porch all day, but that is the context I took away. The illustrations and storyline tended to highlight the companionship aspect of household pets. The motion on the book first from left to right then right to left was fun to follow. The book size, the clarity of the illustrations and the simple text would make this a good choice for storytimes about ...more
Ellie Fater
Mar 31, 2016 Ellie Fater rated it liked it
As a dog lover, I read this story with the anticipation building that my heartstrings were going to be ferociously tugged on. Spoiler alert: nothing bad happens to the dog, for which I was extremely grateful. I think I enjoyed this book because it reminded me of my dog, who was loyal, laidback, and loving, just like Homer. Although I don't love the illustration style of this book, the loving dialogue between Homer and his people is almost soothing. I know that any dog lover would read this book ...more
Mark Holtzen
Oct 22, 2012 Mark Holtzen rated it it was amazing
I've always loved works of art that express a mood or a feeling--one that seeps in quietly and lingers in your mind even after you go into the next room. In the case of Cooper's "Homer" it's all about contentment. That feeling of lying on the couch or in a hammock or wherever and with whomever that's just so great you don't feel like moving--ever. (that contentment is so fleeting is likely why it's so delicious)

Homer exemplifies contentment. And like spending time with anyone who is completely a
Jason Lilly
Nov 26, 2012 Jason Lilly rated it it was amazing
If you are a dog lover... Better yet, if you are a family of dog lovers,this brief but beautiful book about a dog who finds love in simplicity is mandatory reading. Some dog lovers long for an active, playful dog, but this book is proof that everyone has a place in their heart for a dog that just loves to sit & watch the world with loving curiosity. Homer is content to enjoy the wonders of the world both from his front porch seat & through the enthusiastic cheers of his family. Who ...more
If you've had old dogs, you already know Homer. He may not be the same breed, but he is comfortable watching everyone else continue playing and working and going places as he sits on the front porch. He moves inside to climb into his favorite old blue chair at night, knowing he could join in when he wished, but content to watch those he loves. Kids will enjoy the bright beautiful illustrations of the family doing things in their day, but I think adults might like the book even more, ...more
Marianne Reeves
Jul 30, 2012 Marianne Reeves rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
The back cover of this picture book asks, "Have you ever loved a dog?" This simple tale, beautifully illustrated with soft watercolors, will touch the heart of everyone who is blessed with a dog in their life, especially an older dog. As my pugs age, I observe their contentment, just like Homer's, of sitting and just being with family. A lovely reminder for all of us of the serenity that comes with peacefully being in the moment and counting our blessings.
Jan 11, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Sweet, skillfully simple, cozy as a nubby fleeze blanket. A quiet book to be read to a child snuggled on your lap, and your aging dog resting at your feet with his head leaning against your foot. Beautiful watercolor illustrations take the reader through a peaceful day with an older dog with love and patience.
If you own a dog, particularly an aging dog, this will warm your heart. Last page = goosebumps. (Can you say Caldecott?)
Sandy Brehl
Jun 14, 2012 Sandy Brehl rated it really liked it
Cooper's familiar large format, soft pallet illustrations make the image of the face of old dog, Homer, nearly life-sized on the cover. Homer sits on the porch, while the other dogs and family members invite him to join them in every possible kind of fun and adventure. He declines. He reclines.He rises, moves slowly indoors, then settles again in a chair. Homer is not young, has no more need for fun and adventure. He has all he needs. "I have you".
Eloquence in image and emotion.
Scottsdale Public Library
Homer the old yellow lab lies on the porch of his beachfront house, no longer inclined –or possibly even able—to participate in the various activities of his extended canine and human family, but happy just to soak up the sun and the love that come down on him. An effective depiction of love between family members of different species, and a touching portrait of contentment in the twilight of one’s existence. - Kate D.
Jun 20, 2012 Kelsey rated it really liked it
Age: Toddler - Kindergarten

"Home isn't just where the heart is. Home is often where the dog is. And for this loyal dog--who you will recognize if you have ever loved a dog--home is where you are" (Goodreads feature review).

What a sweet, sweet tale of an old dog enjoying his simple, relaxed life next to the beach. Accompanied with lovely beach colors. Good for letting kids know that it's okay to let their old dogs be.
Katie Seckinger
Aug 29, 2013 Katie Seckinger rated it liked it
I found this to be a sweet book but also a little mundane. The main idea is that a dog named Homer declines invitations to do different activities because he has his owner and that's all he wants. The illustrations were lackluster as were the words of the book. The simplicity of the story could be good to read to younger children. In the classroom, this book could be used to teach loyalty or importance of loved ones.
Aug 01, 2013 Jayna rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
All ages

Homer, an older dog, sits on the porch during the day while his family is out and about. Even though they invite him along he prefers to sit on the porch and watch them leave and return full of stories. Homer is content with just being with his family when they come back to him.

A very sweet story that would be a great bed time book or used for story time. The story is very short and has large words so it would be great for beginning readers as well.
Allison Parker
Jan 24, 2013 Allison Parker rated it it was amazing
So sweet! A celebration of a dog of a certain age. No more frolicking in the waves, no more jumping like a puppy. Homer is a quiet, older dog content with watching his family be their busy selves, all the while patiently and comfortably waiting on the porch for them to return. This story will resonate with all families who have loved a dog who expresses his affection in subtler, quieter ways than younger pups do.
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