Fred Stays with Me! is an award-winning story that follows a young girl who turns to the one constant in her life, her dog Fred, in the face of her parents' divorce.
In this poignant but not overly sentimental story, Coffelt's accessible and kid-friendly language alongside Tusa's charming artwork create a light, cheerful, and reassuring mood that will comfort any child who has two homes.
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.