Recipient of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and praised with three starred reviews, Fred Stays with Me! is now available in paperback! Told from the point of view of a young child whose parents are divorced, Fred Stays with Me! follows a young girl and her dog, Fred, from one parent's house to the other's, giving the child a sense of continuity and stability.
With simple, accessible text for the youngest picture book readers, the story highlights the friendship between the little girl and her pet, which presents a common ground for her parents. Tricia Tusa's charming artwork adds a light, happy feel to this poignant but not overly sentimental story.
Praise for Fred Stays With Me! * Boston Globe Horn Book Award (2007) * An ALA Notable Children's Book (2008) * An SLJ Best Book (2007) * A Kirkus Best Children's Book (2007)
* "A fresh, villain-free look at a split family-and at a girl who finds strength, love and reassuring consistency in [her] dear pooch. A gem." - Kirkus (starred review)
* "A charming book that meshes text and illustrations seamlessly." - SLJ (starred review)
* "Divorce gets a kid-empowering treatment in this congenial story." - Horn Book (starred review)
- "Kids will enjoy the simple, first-person narrative and the playful art." - Booklist
Praise for Nancy Coffelt:
Big, Bigger, Biggest - "Ingenious... a solid addition to storytime." - Kirkus
What's Cooking? - "Coffelt's simple rhymes have a pleasing rhythm that invites repeated readings." - SLJ
Praise for Tricia Tusa:
Wingnuts: Screwy Haiku - "[Tusa's] artwork is a marvelous vehicle to increase children's visual literacy." - SLJ
Magic Hat - "Tusa's fittingly silly, bustling ink-and-watercolor illustrations whip [the text] into high-octane action." - PW
Mrs. Spitzer's Garden - "[the] artwork is almost infectiously merry." - PW
—School Library Journal
Nancy Coffelt is the award-winning author/illustrator of a number of picture books for young readers, including Dogs in Space, Pug in a Truck, and most recently, Big, Bigger, Biggest! She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon. Her website is www.nancycoffelt.com.
Tricia Tusa has written and illustrated several critically-acclaimed picture books, including Wing Nuts: Screwy Haiku; The Magic Hat; and Mrs. Spitzer's Garden. She lives in New Mexico.