"Bulldog's Big Day" is about a bulldog trying to figure out what sort of job is right for him.  This story was inspired by our own bulldogs, Toby and Pinkie, who have important jobs.  Pinkie's jobs are reading, writing, and going to birthday parties. Toby's jobs are watching TV and napping.  It is good to have meaningful work!

​​When I began writing stories about Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig, I felt confident that I understood the inner life of this little furry creature because when I was in 2nd grade, two guinea pigs came into my life. I named them George and ZaaZaa after 1950’s movie stars, and every day after school, I’d dress them in doll clothes and take them for a walk in my doll carriage. When we got back home, I’d take off their clothes and fe...

Two-year-olds love to say, “NO!” so Jim and I created a book to give them the opportunity to say it on every page. Our Burmese cat, Groucho, got into everything and was our inspiration, but his dark coat didn’t show up well in Jim’s photographs, so Jim drew an Abyssinian cat instead. A few years later, we got an Abby, George. I guess you could say we had two inspirations for NO, NO, JO!

Below:  Groucho (left) and George (right)....

When our daughter Leigh tried out to dance in The Nutcracker ballet, she really wanted to be a doll, but her teacher cast her as a tree. She was not happy – until she saw the tree costume. It was amazing, much better than any of the doll costumes. I changed Leigh’s name to Noel and the story of NUTCRACKER NOEL pretty much wrote itself. When the book came out, Leigh said she deserved a bigger allowance because Jim and I had ‘used her...

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