Earlier this month I came across some old photos of me on the trail of a mountain called “White Rocks Ice Bed Trail” with my friend Elizabeth Bluemle (ps –I learned about White Rocks while at Green Mountain and it’s totally amazing – a short walk to mountain views and a really cool rock slide. Special attractions: Unique views of White Rocks Cliff, potential falcon sightings, and and optional walk to cooling beds of ice).
Soon after I got Elizabeth’s announcement of publication of her first book, My Father the Dog, and decided that it was a sign that I should shamelessly promote a friend (of mine and Green Mountain’s).
Before we get into the book, let me also add that Elizabeth is my favorite bookstore proprietress (however she can only manage the Flying Pig Bookstore with the help of Theo and Inky – sorry Elizabeth, they made me put that in there – as well as Josie Leavitt). I must also thank Elizabeth for introducing me to Diana Gabaldon (for fans of DG, a new Jamie and Claire book is out now!). Don’t hesitate to ask for advice about reading materials for your kids or you –
The Flying Pig has something wonderful for everyone.
Elizabeth is someone that is always engaged in life, moving forward and actively seeking to be the light in a dark place. In My Father, the Dog (with illustrations by Randy Cecil) she makes an airtight case that fathers and dogs are one in the same. Uplifting, funny and profound all at the same time.
Here’s what KIRKUS REVIEWS says:
MY FATHER THE DOG is an affectionate look at the lovable similarities between dads and dogs.
The title, cover and opening sentence groom readers for this waggish tale. “My father pretends to be human, but I know he is really a dog. Consider the evidence.” Dad starts the day with a good scratch; fetches the newspaper; likes the windows down in the car; has used a tree for a pit stop; growls when startled out of a nap; chases a ball; loves snacks; he looks innocent when he “toots”; and thinks “we’re the best family in the world.”
That’s a good thing, ” ’cause Mom says we can keep him.” The comical oil illustrations juxtapose dad and dog in synchronized behavior enacting each activity as they amusingly express the subtly underplayed scenes to a T. Even the typeface is called “SoupBone.” Tail-wagging hilarity that’s simply doggone funny—and a perfect Father’s Day gift. (Picture book. 4-7) Copyright 2006 Kirkus Reviews (April 1, 2006)
Please visit Elizabeth’s website and read the “About Me” section and you’ll see what I mean about her sharing her “light” with others – she’s put together really useful sections for Kids and Writers too.