My Dog Tinka Lives! (In A Literary Sense)

So when our wonderful dog, Tinka, was dying, I thought my heart would break. That spring, at school visits, I was showing the F & Gs of my new book about her. I could barely make it through a presentation without crying.  I knew she wouldn’t be around to see the finished product. (Though she definitely knew the book! She used to lie on my office floor as I wrote FUN DOG, SUN DOG, and since it was a rhyming picture book a lot of the writing was down aloud. I do read everything aloud, but this one I read aloud all the time!)  

Sadly, Tinka did not see the finished book, but thanks to Marshall Cavendish and Scholastic,  children all over the country are getting to know her!… Read more

Need More Crazy Dog Stories!

I’ve gotten some really fun crazy dog stories–here on the blog and in e-mail and on Facebook. But because of twitter and facebook technical difficulties yesterday , and because I’ve been busy with other work obligations, I’m extending the contest! Please post or e-mail crazy dog stories to win a free copy of COOL DOG, SCHOOL DOG. So far most of the stories have to do with food. Maybe that’s because I wrote about food or maybe that’s because dogs are all about food. But if you have a crazy dog story that doesn’t have to do with food… send me that one! 

Here’s another Tinka story, quickly, to get you thinking: We lived in the woods.… Read more

What’s the craziest thing your dog has done? FREE COPY TO THE BEST CRAZY STORY!

In celebration of my new book, COOL DOG, SCHOOL DOG, I’d like to share some stories about Tinka, the dog who inspired COOL DOG, SCHOOL DOG and FUN DOG, SUN DOG. 

Then I want YOU to write in and tell me about the CRAZIEST THING YOUR DOG HAS DONE. The person whom I deem to have told the CRAZIEST story will get a free autographed copy of COOL DOG, SCHOOL DOG. First of all, a photo of said dog, Tinka, and her boys, back in the day:

The boy in the red is now 23, the boy with the missing teeth is 20.Read more