A Tall Tale About Dachshunds in Costumes: How More Dogs Came To Be, by Kizzie Jones
Illustrated by Scott Ward
Recommended for ages 3 – 8 and up
Come. Join this joyful dachshund pack as they turn a doggone day at the beach into an adventure to spread love one friend at a time. Dance with them through delightful verse and playful pictures because a dachshund by any other name is still so sweet.
What is the silver lining in the clouds of a rain storm that creeps upon the beach one autumn day? These joyful dogs bound back into the sand to discover all kinds of surprises from downed leaves and vegetation. That’s all it takes to get their tails wagging and spur their imaginations into playful visions of glorious costumes. And that’s when a dash of magic turns a beach walk into a miracle of friendships.
The lyrical text sounds like a song when read aloud to young listeners, and what a wonderful, independent exploration of words and rhyming words for first time readers. The wonderful illustrations are a clever match to the story and show the fun on every page.
At the end of the book, young readers are treated to an illustrated children’s glossary where they can eagerly learn more about all the different types of dachshunds. It’s surprising how much there is to know. There’s also a dog glossary highlighting other breeds and their history, with beautiful illustrations. And finally, a vegetation glossary is included to help young readers learn about the environment and intrigue them to look closer at the outdoors around them.
Her love of dachshunds inspired author Kizzie Jones’ popular award winning children’s books, and this is a great addition to her Tall Tales series. She’s also a contributing author to Writing in Place: Prose & Poetry from the Pacific Northwest.
Artist Scott Ward’s whimsical paintings are regularly shown in galleries and venues across the United States. He also creates advertising, clothing, graphics, interiors, theater, landscapes, and murals.
Bring the kids and meet the author on Sunday, Nov. 3 at Artworks in Edmonds at a book launch party and celebration from 2 to 5 p.m.
— By Wendy Kendall
Wendy Kendall is an author soon to be published by The Wild Rose Press, project manager and volunteer at the Friends of the Edmonds Library