The Adventures of Honey & Leon
Actor and New York Times bestselling author Alan Cumming and artist Grant Shaffer imagine what their dogs do when they’re not around—and it’s no surprise that the dogs aspire to lead lives as action-packed and glamorous as their dads’!Honey and Leon are rescue mutts who love their dads very much. But their dads often have to go away on glamorous and important business, which worries the dogs. Honey and Leon are done staying home and fretting—they’re off on a dad-protecting adventure! Careful to remain incognito, the two pups shadow their dads on a trip across the sea, keeping them out of danger at every turn! How did they survive without Honey and Leon’s protection for this long?!Alan Cumming and Grant Shaffer wrote this story as a tribute to their own dogs, based on their frequent conversations about what Honey and Leon get up to while they’re away.

The Adventures of Honey & Leon Details

TitleThe Adventures of Honey & Leon
Author
ReleaseSep 19th, 2017
PublisherRandom House Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139780399557972
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Animals, Dogs, Travel, Lgbt, Juvenile, Fiction, Humor, Storytime

The Adventures of Honey & Leon Review

  • Becky R.
    January 1, 1970
    Cute story about two dogs who can't stand to see their humans pick up and travel so often. Really cute little tale.
  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    Cute!
  • Alida
    January 1, 1970
    Well, this might be a "pet project" and not on par with say, The Knuffle Bunny, but I'm partial to Alan Cumming, alternative families, and above all, DOGS!! I primarily rate based on illustrations and whether I like it or not or makes me laugh or cry. Then other considerations come in - location, author, jokes, politics and messages to kids. So, any book with dogs, lovely illustrations, set in that wonderful city, with witty jokes, written by a talented actor and with a great message for kids, i Well, this might be a "pet project" and not on par with say, The Knuffle Bunny, but I'm partial to Alan Cumming, alternative families, and above all, DOGS!! I primarily rate based on illustrations and whether I like it or not or makes me laugh or cry. Then other considerations come in - location, author, jokes, politics and messages to kids. So, any book with dogs, lovely illustrations, set in that wonderful city, with witty jokes, written by a talented actor and with a great message for kids, is good reads to me.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    A pet project(pun intended) that should have stayed that way.
  • Baby Bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily!Hello, friends! Our book today is The Adventures Of Honey & Leon, written by Alan Cumming and illustrated by Grant Shaffer, a delightful tale of two clever dogs and their loyalty to their human daddies.Honey, a rescue mutt with refined sensibilities and a talent for acting, and Leon, a Brooklyn-born Chihuahua who is much tougher than his size suggests, live in the big city with their belove This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily!Hello, friends! Our book today is The Adventures Of Honey & Leon, written by Alan Cumming and illustrated by Grant Shaffer, a delightful tale of two clever dogs and their loyalty to their human daddies.Honey, a rescue mutt with refined sensibilities and a talent for acting, and Leon, a Brooklyn-born Chihuahua who is much tougher than his size suggests, live in the big city with their beloved human daddies. Life is practically perfect, except for one thing: their daddies travel a LOT, and Honey and Leon get lonely and worried about the other half of heir family when they’re separated. One day, upon finding their daddies packing their bags for another trip, Honey and Leon decide that they will embark upon a covert mission: they will pack their bags and follow their daddies across the globe in secret, defending them from baggage thieves and dozing boat captains, watching over their outings and activities, and even joining them for a fancy party – where Honey inadvertently becomes star of the show! Can the dedicated duo keep their cover and get home without their daddies realizing that they’ve had two (furry) tails?We loved this one! The story felt very fresh and original, and was clearly written and illustrated with a great deal of love (Honey, Leon, and their daddies are based on the married author and illustrator and their real-life dogs). I loved the detail of the characters’ accents – Honey’s posh British dialect, Leon’s Brooklynite, even Cumming’s Scottish brogue if you’re feeling froggy – which allowed for some real fun when reading the book aloud to JJ. Honey and Leon themselves are a hoot, and captured gorgeously in exciting, colorful illustrations that brought them, their daddies, and their world to life. The length was great, and JJ and I both really enjoyed this one. A wonderful book to celebrate the bond between dogs and their human families, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!Be sure to check out The Baby Bookworm for more reviews!
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  • Lauren Kramer
    January 1, 1970
    Leon is a Chihuahua from Brooklyn who knows how to hold his own. Honey is a rescue mutt with a flare for acting. They live together with their two dads in New York City.While the pampered pooches seem to have it made, there is one problem. Their dads are always traveling for work. Leon and Honey miss their dads and want to protect them at all times.One day, Honey hears the familiar sound of luggage being moved. She and Leon quickly devise a plan to secretly follow their dads. With bags packed, t Leon is a Chihuahua from Brooklyn who knows how to hold his own. Honey is a rescue mutt with a flare for acting. They live together with their two dads in New York City.While the pampered pooches seem to have it made, there is one problem. Their dads are always traveling for work. Leon and Honey miss their dads and want to protect them at all times.One day, Honey hears the familiar sound of luggage being moved. She and Leon quickly devise a plan to secretly follow their dads. With bags packed, the mischievous pair hail a taxi and head to the airport.Will this dynamic duo be able to stay incognito? Can they complete their mission to protect their dads? Will Honey ever become a famous actress?I love this book! This is definitely one of my all time favorite picture books. The story is overflowing with humor and heart. I also love how the book encompasses modern day technology and family life. From Honey snapping a selfie to the discussion of same-sex couples, this book truly has it all.Being a pet parent to five rescue dogs, I can totally relate to how much I miss them when I have to go to work or travel to a conference. I have often wondered what it would be like to take them with me. I am sure that chaos would ensue, much like with Leon and Honey.Grant Shaffer's illustrations are beyond adorable. I love how Shaffer uses pale and pastel colors for the backgrounds while using bold and vibrant colors for the main characters. This definitely makes Leon and Honey pop off of the page. I also love how creative Shaffer is with his artwork. Having a Where's Waldo type spread on the first two pages of the book is pure genius.I would highly recommend this book to readers of all ages. Everyone will delight in Leon and Honey's silly antics. I hope that these courageous canines will have many more adventures to come.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    Young readers may enjoy this story about two dogs who are tired of being left home alone when their human companions travel. But this time, Honey and Leon decide they won't be left behind. After all, they need to protect their two dads. I'm not sure how they manage to navigate the airport and pay for tickets, but the two dogs manage to pull it off, and once they arrive at their destination, they put their protections skills on high alert, saving their human friends from disaster several times. A Young readers may enjoy this story about two dogs who are tired of being left home alone when their human companions travel. But this time, Honey and Leon decide they won't be left behind. After all, they need to protect their two dads. I'm not sure how they manage to navigate the airport and pay for tickets, but the two dogs manage to pull it off, and once they arrive at their destination, they put their protections skills on high alert, saving their human friends from disaster several times. Although they go to great lengths to keep the two men from knowing they are around, as it turns out, they knew it all along. I loved the idea of trying to figure out what one's dogs are up to when they're left to their own devices, but this book takes that wondering a bit too far. It seems as though it might have been easier to just bring them along. Still, many young readers will be amused by all the possibilities here. The colorful illustrations allow readers to see the dogs and humans having a blast on their vacation.
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  • A
    January 1, 1970
    This book is absolutely adorable! Honey and Leon are two dogs living in New York City. Like all pups, their jobs are to guard their owners. This is a difficult task for the lively canines when their owners keep leaving them behind all the time. Finally fed up with not being able to perform their duties, they follow the owners on an exciting adventure/business trip (as guarding the owners is their job, after all.)This was a delightful picture book that I would recommend to any dog lover, young or This book is absolutely adorable! Honey and Leon are two dogs living in New York City. Like all pups, their jobs are to guard their owners. This is a difficult task for the lively canines when their owners keep leaving them behind all the time. Finally fed up with not being able to perform their duties, they follow the owners on an exciting adventure/business trip (as guarding the owners is their job, after all.)This was a delightful picture book that I would recommend to any dog lover, young or not-so-young. It perfectly captures the spirit of dogs and the relationship between them and their owners, or parents because they are, after all, a family.
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  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    January 1, 1970
    Cumming, Alan The Adventure of Honey and Leon, illustrated by Grant Shaffer. PICTURE BOOK. Random House, 2017. $18. 9780399557972Two cute doggies follow their two dads on a vacation. They ride in the airplane, take taxis, go to the movies, and even on boats. But the best part is when they crash a fashion show.The stylistic illustrations are as glamorous as the fashion show. The story has gentle humor and a charming ending. Pre-K, EL (K-3) – ADVISABLE. Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS.https://kissthebo Cumming, Alan The Adventure of Honey and Leon, illustrated by Grant Shaffer. PICTURE BOOK. Random House, 2017. $18. 9780399557972Two cute doggies follow their two dads on a vacation. They ride in the airplane, take taxis, go to the movies, and even on boats. But the best part is when they crash a fashion show.The stylistic illustrations are as glamorous as the fashion show. The story has gentle humor and a charming ending. Pre-K, EL (K-3) – ADVISABLE. Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS.https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2018...
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  • Alice
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the story, It is super cute! It isn't very well written.. but it is cute. I love that the dogs take care of their dads. My not so high rating is that it that I fear that the only reason this book was published because it was written by a celebrity! Whatever sells RIGHT?! I don't care that it has two dads... it doesn't bother me at all. I Just think the writing is ok but not great!Illustrations are cute and well done!
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  • Kris Dersch
    January 1, 1970
    Just an all-around cute book. Honey and Leon are a pair of dogs who try to surreptitiously follow their dads on a trip to protect them. I love that the same-sex relationship is mentioned but not made a huge deal of (they are dogs that have two dads, pretty simple,) and the characters these two dogs are comes across loud and clear. I thought this might be one of those better-for-the-adults picture books (there's no kids in it,) but the 4-year-old found the pictures of the dogs hilarious.
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  • Esperanza
    January 1, 1970
    An adorable book that imagines what dogs do while their owners are away. This time, when Honey and Leon learn their dads are going away, they follow their dads on their trip. Full of whimsical illustrations which include many doggie thought bubbles. Written by actor/author/activist Alan Cumming and his husband Grant Shaffer.
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  • Jessica Furtado
    January 1, 1970
    Cute illustrations take us on an adventure as we follow Honey and Leon in their quest to follow their dads and protect them when they leave on one of their many trips away from home. The story is lacking a bit, but our puppy protagonists are fun characters who children will enjoy.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    This has wonderful illustrations with a silly story. The dogs are cute and silly and love their owners so much that they follow them on their trip protecting them in various disguises. I also love how the dogs have such interesting personalities.
  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    Cute story that will connect with Kindergarten and 1st grade. The dog owners in the story are two male partners, and it was nice to see that illustrated in a picture book without a whole lot of fanfare.
  • SLoMoe
    January 1, 1970
    This was a library ebook Read & Listen. It was read by Alan Cumming. My 5yo liked it a lot. She likes these type of books and thought this tale of two dogs that follow their dads when they take a trip amusing.
  • Read Ribbet
    January 1, 1970
    Not the biggest fan of Hollywood kid authors. In this story, two dogs tire of being left alone when their dads travel the world decide to follow closely behind. Kids will enjoy trying to spot the dogs in the illustrations since they are trying to be discreet about their travels.
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  • kristen Lawson
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so cute. I loved how this premise of the book is about the dogs, but the underlying point about them having two dads is so great. I would definitely read this story to students in my class.
  • Edward Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    Two pooches travel with their two dads.
  • Miss Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    two dogs follow their dads on vacation. fun and cute. preschool and up
  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Hone and Leon love each other, and their dads, very much, but don't like being left behind when their dads travel. So they decide to tag along on one of the trips.
  • Earl
    January 1, 1970
    A cute story about two dogs who go undercover to make sure their owners are safe during their getaway.
  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so cute! I loved that the dogs were like people and they followed their owners. The illustrations were nice and the dogs are cute.
  • Peacegal
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars-- Awww! Fans of "The Secret Life of Pets" will love this one. And I loved that one Dad had a vegan meal on the airplane!
  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    While the story itself is entertaining, the writing is lacking and the two dads the dogs share are not presented in the most appropriate way.
  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars. I am not usually keen on celebrity KidLit authors, so I can admit my bias and say that I love Alan Cumming. The illustrations are fun and I love that this was a family writing project!
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