Spare Dog Parts
(Illustrated by Ashley Spires, Orca Book Publishers, 2016)
*Bank Street College of Education (US) 2017 Best Children's Books of the Year
*Chocolate Lily Book Award (BC Reader's Choice Children's Book Award) 2017, nominee
*Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens list 2016
*Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Winter Reading List 2016
*BC Association of Book Publishers Bestseller List (April 3, 2016)
In an offbeat celebration of what makes a pet unique, a little girl imagines how an odd assortment of parts combine to make the perfect dog.
Booklist "Bright and full of energy...it hammers home the idea that, more often than not, a "perfect" dog is the dog you have."
Resource Links "A wonderful picture book praising the qualities of a mutt."
Quill & Quire (starred review) "When it comes to a true exposition of the canine soul, Spare Dog Parts soars...Ear scratches and belly rubs all around."
CM Magazine "...a really beautiful story that highlights the uniqueness of pets and the joy they bring into their owners’ lives. Highly Recommended."
Publisher's Weekly "...is anything more lovable than a mutt?...readers will understand what Hughes and Spires are getting at—every dog, no matter how wonky or weird, is worthy of love."