I am so excited to share with you a new book: Roja! The Crazy and Fun Adventures of a Smart Little Dog with Magical Powers and the Family who Adopted Her (ages 8-12); a project that has been in the works for some time written in collaboration with Marcos Ortiz Cué and illustrated by Macarena Blanco Ortiz (my brother and niece!)
The book will be ready for pre-order later this year! Just in time for the holiday season. A thought-provoking gift for all the kids and grand-kids in your life. -No need to wait though! You can read the foreword below.
“This is a children’s story about dogs, about who dogs are, told through the lens of one dog and her new family. While the story is charming and wonderfully told, and while the audience of this book is children, adults reading to their kids will have ah-ha moments on every page, and all will come away with a profound, felt-in-the-bones sense of what is going on inside dogs. First and foremost, Almudena is a gifted teacher. Her little protagonist, Rioja, is a completely realized dog. She gets bored, afraid (and goes into actual fight-flight), talks in accurate and nuanced dog body language – beautifully described – and invites the reader to connect the dots between the world and what we humans do and the impact it has on her, and, by extension the world of all dogs. Seeing things from the viewpoint of so real a dog is a lesson in empathy, delivered without preaching or finger-wagging, but through skillful and imaginative storytelling. I can’t think of a greater gift to give children in this day and age.” ~
Founder, The Academy for Dog Trainers
Author, The Culture Clash
To get on the list to pre-order, email firstname.lastname@example.org.