Dog Park by Kathryn Kazoleas
I'm happy to partner with The Children’s Book Review, along with Kathryn Kazoleas for the book tour for her middle grade book, “Dog Park”. My children are in this age range so it is great when I find a new book to share with them. I have a wonderful and exclusive interview with Kathryn about this book and her writing. Don't forget to enter the fantastic giveaway for a chance to win signed books. J
About the book:
Gibson the Labradoodle is about to begin her first day of training to become a dog park ambassador, something she has been dreaming about her entire life. Dog park ambassadors hold a very high honor within the dog park community and have many important roles to make sure the dog park is a fun and safe place to be. She has so many great ideas and cannot wait to get started.
While Gibson is training alongside lead ambassador and trainer, Meistro the bulldog, things don’t go as planned. Gibson meets challenge after challenge and isn’t allowed to introduce any of her new ideas. Being a dog park ambassador isn’t what she thought it would be, so she starts to question whether the role is really for her. At the end of her very first training shift, and just as she’s about to give up and tell Meistro she isn’t cut out to be a dog park ambassador after all, there’s an emergency at the river. One of the dog park’s new puppies, Clover, has swum too far out and cannot get back to shore.
Gibson’s best friend and greatest supporter, Stretch the dachshund, convinces her she must help. Gibson springs into action, with Stretch at her side and encouraging her the entire time. Gibson saves the day…almost! Having been swept downstream and far away from the dog park, Gibson is forced to lead the trio back to safety. There’s only one way back through a dark forest with strange sounds and smells. The sun is starting to go down and everybody is tired and scared. But Gibson knows she has to get her friends back home, despite what or who gets in her way.
What was the inspiration for Dog Park? Why did you pick a dog as the leading animal character?
I love dogs! It was the culmination of multiple trips to the dog park with my dogs and witnessing their antics and adventures that inspired the creation of Dog Park.
What age group is Dog Park best for?
Ages 7-11. Their parents might even find it enjoyable!
What are you hoping the young readers will take from this book?
I hope they find Dog Park to be a fun and exciting read. And, as Gibson struggles with self-esteem at times, I hope readers recognize that they, too, have amazing capabilities.
You have another book in the series coming in February. Did you plan for Dog Park to become a series? Will you write more in the series?
I didn’t plan that it would become a series, but after finishing Gibson’s adventure in Dog Park, I realized her story didn’t feel quite complete. I wouldn’t rule out there being another book!
Tell us a little about your writing career and how you decided to become a writer.
I have always loved writing and have written for fun my entire life. I have written professionally for several years, with “Dog Park” being my first self-published chapter book.
Where is your favorite place to write?
Any place quiet and free of distractions, with my animals nearby.
What are some of your favorite books for children?
I love Watchdog and the Coyotes. Any book with an animal lead and a good story behind it will get my attention!
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
You can find me out with my dogs, reading, or binge-watching a good series on Netflix.
A signed copy of Dog Park
A signed copy of Dog Daycare
Two (2) winners receive:
A signed copy of Dog Park
About the author:
Kathryn Kazoleas is a Canadian author. Her furry roommates and copy-editors Keeva the cat, as well as Koa and Freddy the labradoodles, inspire her stories every day. The way they see and experience the world inspires her to dream up and express what she can only describe as fun, chaotic, and innocent adventures. Kathryn has been writing for many, many years, with her most recent work being the middle-grade chapter books “Dog Park” and its sequel “Dog Daycare”. Her short story “Just Be There” can also be found in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s “My Hilarious, Heroic, Human Dog”.
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Website: visit www.kathrynkazoleas.com