Hello Goodbye Dog introduces us to an affectionate, bouncy pooch named Moose who thinks saying “goodbye” to his girl Zara as she heads to school is as awful as “an itch that couldn’t be scratched.” Can Zara find a way to make Moose a welcome presence in the classroom? Yes!
Maria Gianferrari is no stranger to Bildebok readers as I’ve featured three of her picture books, Penny and Jelly: The School Show, Penny and Jelly: Slumber Under the Stars, and Officer Katz and Houndini. Since we’ve met Maria, for Hello Goodbye Dog I thought we might learn more about her own beloved canine companion, Becca!
Becca, Maria has just said “goodbye” but the door isn’t shut tight. If you follow her, where are you hoping she is headed?
To Granite Lake in NH, so I can go for a long walk and a swim.
Becca, you sniff something delicious and slip into the school cafeteria. What are three things can Maria say or do to make it easier to leave when it is time for “goodbye”?
1) Ask me if I want to go for a ride in the car—I love that!
2) Get out my leash, and take me for a walk.
3) Give me a Kong with a treat, that’s what she always does before she leaves, and I know she’ll come back.
Becca, Maria is helping you with homework for therapy dog school. What books do you hope she chooses to read with you?
For picture books: Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio (illustrations by Christian Robinson), Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook by Anne Vittur Kennedy and My Father the Dog by Elizabeth Bluemle (illustrations by Randy Cecil).
For longer books: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Thank you Becca for your
woof-ully wonderfully delightful answers! Readers (sorry – USA only, as it will be shipped by the publisher) who would like to win their very own copy of Hello Goodbye Dog can comment below. One lucky winner’s name will be drawn and they will be notified in the next 10-14 days.
Congratulations Danielle Hanmelef – you are the lucky winner! Please forward your mailing address to me at cmealey (at) post.harvard.edu so we can send your book!
Please visit all the stops on the Hello Goodbye Dog Blog Tour for more fun and giveaways with Maria, talented illustrator Patrice Barton, and perhaps even some furry friends! Here are the links you want to follow:
*Monday, July 24th: Pragmatic Mom + THREE book giveaway!
Wednesday, July 26th: Homemade City
Thursday, July 27th: Kid Lit Frenzy
Friday, July 28th: Mrs. Knott’s Book Nook
Monday, July 31st: Picture Books Help Kids Soar
Wednesday, August 2nd: The Loud Library Lady
Thursday, August 3rd: DEBtastic Reads!
Friday, August 4th: Mamabelly’s Lunches with Love
Monday, August 7th: Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)
EXTRA: August 25th: Kidlit411—Interview with Patrice Barton
Maria Gianferrari is a picture book reading/writing, tea-drinking, dog-loving, birdwatching author of the Penny & Jelly books, Coyote Moon, an ALA Notable Book and a Junior Library Guild Selection and Officer Katz and Houndini. Her newest picture book, Hello Goodbye Dog, is illustrated by Patrice Barton. Maria lives in northern Virginia with her scientist husband, artist daughter, and rescue mutt, Becca. She has additional titles forthcoming from Roaring Brook Press, Boyds Mills Press, GP Putnam’s Sons and Little Bee. To learn more about Maria, visit her website: mariagianferrari.com, Facebook or Instagram.