While catagorized as children's books, I have given both the Creech and the Ahlberg books as holiday gifts to adults because they are so worth reading. My Brother's Ghost remains, in my opinion, a nearly perfect book. All three of these books are here today because of Moky - who looked remarkably like Murphy the terrier featured in Alice Provensen's charming picture book, and had a nearly identical nature. The expressions of Murphy are so exactly Moky's, it is as if she knew our furry one. Books are many things, but in times of difficulty, they are also a great comfort.