Dogs are often called “man’s best friend,” but I would argue they can be man’s, woman’s, child’s, or even a fox’s best friend. Brian Lies has created a beautiful book about the bond between two best friends—a fox who brought his dog to work with him every day.
This was a tough read, but so worth it. Brian Lies has created a touching story about the bond between best friends, and how, after a great loss, one can work through grief and recover. Lies’ artwork in acrylics, oils, and colored pencils, beautifully capture a world of sunshine, fluffy clouds, and meticulously-tended garden—a metaphor for the happy life of Evan and his dog. But when “the unthinkable happen[s]” Evan, reacts to his loss by destroying his garden and letting spiky and prickly weeds grow. What was once a place of beauty becomes a dark and lonely one. But, life finds a way, even in the darkest of times. Through his garden, Evan finds hope and purpose and a way to heal and move on. I can’t recommend this book enough (just be sure to have a few tissues nearby). Well done, Brian Lies!
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Heather is a busy wife and mom of five rambunctious children and one lovable pup They all provide lots of distractions, but oodles of inspiration. Sometimes the pictures and ideas in her head turn into her own children's stories, but she always makes time to read other people's books. Sometimes she reviews them here.