Perfect Picture Book Friday: ODIN – DOG HERO OF THE FIRES Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! And WOW…it’s been a busy week for me. As some of you know, I’m putting my house on the market…going through years of accumulation of this, that, and TONS OF PICTURE BOOKS! I called several local critique buddies and they’ve come to the rescue…helping me sort through stuff…and leaving with this, that, and definitely some picture books!

But my copy of ODIN: DOG HERO OF THE FIRES is going nowhere…except into a box with my other treasured picture books that I am taking with me. It only came out a few days ago, but take it from me – this one is going to win lots of awards. And if you leave a comment at the end, you will be entered into the giveaway of a copy of this wonderful book…thanks to author Emma Bland Smith who is one of my fellow Storm sisters!

odin dog of fireODIN: DOG HERO OF THE FIRES

Written by Emma Bland Smith

Illustrated by Carrie Salazar

Published by West Margin Press (June 30, 2020)

Ages: 5-8

Themes: Courage, dogs, natural disasters

Synopsis: From Amazon:

The incredible true story of one dog’s heroic feats during the 2017 Tubbs Fire, one of the most destructive wildfires in California history.

One October night in 2017, when wildfire raged in Sonoma and Napa counties, the Hendel family was suddenly evacuated from their homes and farms to escape to safety and forced to leave behind their Pyrenees dog, Odin. Odin refused to leave his nightly post of guarding the family’s eight young goats, despite the family’s desperate attempts to lead him away. Brokenhearted, the Hendels were sure they would never see their dog again.

But when the fire calmed and the family returned home, to their shock they found Odin singed yet safe, along with all the goats and several orphaned deer the dog had protected as well. Odin, Dog Hero of the Fires is a touching and inspirational true tale that honors the bravery and strength of Odin as well as commemorates the stories of those affected by the Tubbs Fire.

Why I love this book:

  • Fabulous text that puts us right in the mind of this young dog
  • Perfect pacing – kids will not be able to put the book down until they finish it
  • Wonderful illustrations that pair perfectly with the story
  • And what a great mentor text if you are looking to write a story from the POV of an animal…Emma does an amazing job!!!


dog-crafts-for-kids-minPhoto courtesy:

There are many different craft activities at that website.

And although you maybe not have many full toilet paper rolls, perhaps you have some empty ones? Here’s the perfect use for them:

Toilet-Paper-Roll-DogsFor detailed instructions:

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend…and a Safe and Happy 4th of July.

Please remember that authors and illustrators need us more than ever before…if you love a story, please:

And don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway…share on social media for more tickets in the giveaway hat!

Quick happy note…Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe made the 2020 Summer Reading List of A Mighty Girl:



Some of the books that are launching recently seem so perfect for the current world situation – I wonder if the authors had ESP!  This one, for example!

Let’s sing an extra-ordinary Happy Birthday to Lisa Katzenberger’s latest picture book:


Written by Lisa Katzenberger

Illustrated by Barbara Bakos

Published by Penguin

Synopsis from Amazon:

Even the regular, average, ordinary days can be celebrated with this charming picture book!

Peter does not like being bored, so he comes up with a way to have some festive fun–he’ll celebrate a different holiday each day! He even rates them on a scale of 1 to 10. But when he wakes up one morning to discover there isn’t any holiday, he realizes he’ll have to take matters into his own hands and make up his own! That’s easier said than done, though, and nothing seems to go right–until Peter realizes that even a regular, average, ordinary day can be something worth celebrating.

What I love about this book is that kids can really relate to feeling bored…especially these days! 

I’m also excited because I love books written by kidlit friends…and I’ve been lucky enough to meet the lovely Lisa Katzenberger on a couple of my trips to Chicago…earlier this year I even got to have lunch with her!!!!

Order a copy of NATIONAL REGULAR ORDINARY DAY where you’ll find out:

  • Which holiday rated a 1
  • If squirrels like the bathtub
  • What you can do with a cardboard box
  • How often a cat appears in the illustrations even though it wasn’t in the manuscript

And how about a free downloadable activity kit? Here is the link from Lisa website:


And because I know we all want to support our local bookstores, here is a buy link to the book on Bookshop:

I hope you all have a lovely rest of the week. My days are definitely busy…currently reading a pile of manuscripts for Justin Colon’s #PBChat Mentorship Program and also clearing the clutter in preparation of putting my house on the market…and packing boxes. It seems like yesterday that I packed 350 boxes when we moved from Colorado to NH…and now, although it will only be a move of a few miles, you still have to go through everything and pack it up. Plus on Friday, I’ll be joining Callie Metler Smith’s Writing Magic Retreat – with a presentation about Writing Cross Culturally.
Please stay safe, everyone…and be well!