Castle In The Mist...the Sequel to Planet Of The Dogs... coming March 8, 2007
Castle In The Mist, will join Planet Of The Dogsand be available on the Internet at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Borders, and CafePress as well as at independent bookstores.
The books in the Planet of The Dogs Seriestell the stories of when dogs first came came to planet earth to help people heal, to teach about unconditional loyalty and love, and to help good people everywhere to find peace.In Castle In The Mist, the dogs must bring peace and freedom to the land of the Forest people and help free the kidnapped children from Prince Ukko,leader of the Black Hawk tribes.
Recommended for parents, grandparents, children 6-12, and dog lovers of all ages.
An Advanced Reader Review...
Castle In The Mistis a great book! If you are into danger, dogs, and drama, you will love it. If you like forests, farmers, friendship and castles you will love Castle In The Mist. My favorite characters are the dogs named Stormy and Billy because they are heroes. You will have to read the book to find out any more vital information."
Nash Guyre, Age 8, Marblehead MA
For more reader reactions to our books visit Planet Of The Dogswebsite (Dog World Links).
Advance copies available for the trade through Lightning Source (a subsidiaryof Ingram). Email me.
In the words of Max Eastman (1883-1969), "Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails."
We have broken the tradition and perhaps the rule of the American book world...not out of arrogance nor ignorance...but because of feedback from our readers..
The Major publishers and major bookstores and traditional bastions of traditional children's book publishing recommend books for narrow and, we find, limited parameters...they want to know if a book is for a kid k-2,or age 5-7, or an early reader or a first chapter book or...
We understand this from a marketing point of view.
As Jill Thompson, comic artist and writer/artist of Scary Godmother said,"The children's book industry is sooo interested with ' What age group is it for?'...People are so comfortable with people categorizing things that when they see something different, it's difficult for them."
But we don't want to discourage potential readers and we have wonderful comments from kids ranging from 6-12, parents -- including a mother who read Planet Of The Dogsto her excited 4 year old son, grandparents and dog lovers of all ages.
Therefore, we break with the mainstream book world.
We recommend our books to all readers who fit any of the following descriptions...children 6-12, parents, grandparents, and dog lovers of all ages.
Charles Darwin (1809-1882) said this about dogs, "Man himself cannot express love and humility by external signs so plainly as does a dog, when with drooping ears, hanging lips, flexuous body, and wagging tail, he meets his beloved master."
and Gene Hill said,"Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot about puppies."
Dog lovers, children and good hearted people may find it difficult to imagine this world we live in without dogs.
There are over 45 million dog owners in the USA alone and over 65 million dogs. They are such an integral part of our lives, bringing loyalty, unconditional love, and joy to people. Children laugh, the sick and lonely feel better, and every dog owner returning home after a difficult day is rewarded with a warm welcome and a waggy tail. Always.
In those days, there was much open land and most people were farmers. They had learned how to work the land and produce abundant food crops. Small villages and towns, often located on rivers and lakes, grew and became centers where people worked and traded goods.
But there soon came a time when the abundance and happiness people found on Planet Earth were being threatened by invaders like the warrior tribes of Stone City.
At that time, no dogs were living on Earth. All dogs were living far out in space, on the other side of the sun, on the Planet Of The Dogs.
Dogs have always lived there in peace and happiness. There are country dogs and city dogs. They live in places like Shepherd Hills, Poodletown, Retriever Meadows, Muttville, Hound Dog Hamlet, Biscuit Town and Shaggy Corners.
The dogs learned of the problems on Planet Earth, and being dogs, they decided to come down to our planet to teach people about love, to help them heal and to save the good people of Green Valley from invasion by the Stone City Warriors.
But how can the dogs help people if they are regarded with fear and suspicion? What characteristics and talents do dogs have that could enable them to overcome hostility? How will they be understood?
If people have never seen nor heard of a dog, how do they react when they see one for the first time? What kind of dogs do they see? Are they nearby? Are they running or barking or smiling and wagging their tails?...The answers to these questions suggest how difficult things could be for the dogs to achieve their goals.
The success of the dogs in our first book, will depend in large part on two farm children, Daisy and Bean. For it is children who can communicate with dogs and understand them. And in our first book, Daisy and Bean actually get to visit the Planet Of The Dogs.
This then is the beginning...when dogs first came to Earth and made life better -- unconditionally -- for millions of people.
"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person."
"I've seen a look in dogs' eyes. a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts"
"There is honor in being a dog"
Reader's Comments on Planet Of The Dogs...
"I loved it...I want to read it again."
--Ned Wang, Age 10, New York, NY
"Planet Of The Dogs is a fun book...an adventure full of love and friendship along with happy, lovable dogs."
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