May 18, 11
Read in May, 2011
I've seen reviews claim that this is a depressing book, too much so for children. I've seen reviews claim that it is an amazing story that parents could definitely share with children. I am pretty sure that the mixed feelings on this come from the fact that your view will depend on whether you're a pessimist or optimist.
I'll try not spoil the story but I will say this book has basically no words (there is only the occasional word on a postcard or product, etc). It's about a dog and his friends, primarily a robot he built. Unlike most books of this type we're not following the characters on a day in the life nor a an short adventure but instead we're seeing the seasons change and they along with them. There are happy times and sad both.
And yes in the end you will have to decide if the characters ended up just where they belonged though still facing hints of sad nostalgic feelings when they are reminded of what they lost or if they're just flat out in the wrong place and sad period.