Hurry Home, Candy

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Hurry Home, Candy
Hurry Home, Candy cover.jpg
First edition
Author Meindert DeJong
Illustrator Maurice Sendak
Country United States
Language English
Genre Realistic fiction
Published 1953 Harper & Row
Media type Print
Pages 256
Awards Newbery Honor
ISBN 978-0060214869

Hurry Home, Candy by Meindert DeJong is a children's novel about a dog. Illustrated by Maurice Sendak, the book was first published in 1953 and was a Newbery Honor recipient in 1954.[1] It regularly appears on public library and school reading lists.[2][3][4]

Plot summary[edit]

Hurry Home, Candy tells the story of a young dog named Candy, chronicling his life through several traumatic and joyful events. Told from the dog's perspective, the reader experiences Candy's separation from his mother and being brought to a cold kitchen floor with the ever-present threat of being hit with a broom. Later in the story, Candy becomes a beloved pet to two small children, only to later become separated from them. His quest to survive and be re-united with his new family constitutes the rest of the narrative.


Kirkus Reviews said "we are those things with him, quite stricken with his near tragedy and overjoyed when he finds happiness at last."[5]


  1. ^ "Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922-Present". American Library Association. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  2. ^ Lorrae Jaderberg. "Children's Reading List Key Stage 2: Year 3 (7-8yrs)" (PDF). Educating Together and Stanwell Fields Church of England Primary School. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 June 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Grades 3 & 4". Mt. Lebanon public Library. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Accelerated Reader Level 6 Sorted By Reading Level". Elkin City Schools. Archived from the original on 21 June 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Hurry Home Candy". Kirkus Media LLC. Retrieved 14 June 2015.