Most of my books were inspired by my weird pets. Buster and Phoebe were real dogs. Buster was so shy that most people met him by accident. Phoebe was a total party animal. She even charmed people who disliked dogs. She tricked Buster out of his chew bones every single day and he never suspected her. Edna was an ugly, uncoordinated kitten who grew into an agile hunter with leaves always hanging from her fluffy tail. I also had a pet duck, a cat who loved standing in puddles, and a dog who believed there was a monster living in the spa.
A child is far more demanding of clarity and brevity in books than an adult, and yet a child is delightfully more tolerant of silliness. I love the challenge of expressing deep feelings with silliness and brevity.
Buster the Very Shy Dog Finds A Kitten, June 2, 2015
In this level 3 reader are two new Buster the Very Shy Dog stories. In the first, Buster helps a tiny, homeless kitten he has found, despite the loud objections of the other pets in his household. In the second story, Buster finds himself caught between the divergent interests of his friends. What can they all play together if the kitten doesnít like chase-the-cat or tug-the-rope, and Phoebe and Gregory think talking to birds is boring? What if the one game they all agree to play is something that Buster finds scary?
Buster the Very Shy Dog, June 2, 2015
A rerelease of the first Buster book as a level 3 reader. Two stories: 1. At an overwhelming party, Buster the very shy dog finds one special friend. 2. Although Buster tries his best to be just like house guarding, bone finding, ball catching Phoebe, Buster discovers what he really is best at.
SPECIAL NOTE: A computer game based on the first story is in production for release early 2016.
Sally and the Purple Socks
Sally is unflappable and creatively resourceful when challenged by a pair of out-of-control purple socks. A CHILDREN'S CHOICE book, as well as a part of Dolly Parton's Literacy program, imaginationlibrary.com.
Buster the Very Shy Dog
In three short chapters, Buster briefly overcomes his natural shyness, discovers his particular talent, and teams up with Phoebe to capture the garbage bandit. An OPPENHEIM GOLD AWARD book. Although easy to read, the subject matter of the stories is interesting to all ages. It has been in print since 1999 and is recommended by several websites on shyness.
ď...Scoot over Mudge.Ē --Kirkus Reviews
Buster & Phoebe: The Great Bone Game
In this sequel to "Buster the Very Shy Dog", more sibling rivalry is depicted as Phoebe takes advantage of Busterís gullibility. But his trusting nature also keeps Phoebe out of trouble with Grrrregorrrry, the dog next door. He discovers that being rich is more than having a lot of bones. A 2004 OPPENHEIM GOLD AWARD book, MARYLAND BLUE CRAB Honor book.
Edna enjoys the fame of her exceptionally beautiful tail... until she is invited to a party to meet a new cat in the neighborhood who also has a special tail. Her sense of competition leads her to extreme measures and an unexpected discovery about herself.
ď...the bright gouache artwork will show up exceedingly well at story hours. Everything shimmers with movement and shines with fun in this witty, well conceived offering."
Toots the Cat: A Collection Of Cat Poems (illustrator)
Written by Karla Kuskin,
Illustrated by Lisze Bechtold
A collection of cat poems written by the eminent poet, Karla Kuskin, and illustrated by Lisze. Every cat lover will recognize the familiar quirks of their own pets in this collection of cat poems about the authorís mischievous and lovable cat, Toots.