PPBF: Fire Prevention Week Special: The Adventures of Lucy Snigglefritz

Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday where I link up with Susanna Leonard Hill’s fantastic group of picture book writers, illustrators, librarians and others who contribute a picture book review.

October is a month that is jam-packed with great events.

Has your child decided on a costume for Halloween yet?

Will it be store-bought or home-made?

Fire Prevention Week is another important October event.

When I was a little girl, we lived on the seventh floor of an apartment house…I can remember my parents doing fire safety drills with me and my older sister…what to do if there was a fire and where we would meet if we got separated.  Even though parents need to practice what to do in case of disasters, it’s important to reassure children that, no matter what happens, there will always be someone to take care of them.

To help celebrate Fire Prevention Week, I’m spotlighting a book by children’s author Patrick Milne…he was part of Susanna Leonard Hill’s mini-series on self-publishing several months ago.

The Adventures of Lucy Snigglefritz

Written by Patrick Milne

Illustrated by Stephanie Faye

Publisher: Fayemous Books

Ages: 4 and up


Believing in yourself, courage, determination, fire-fighting


From Amazon: Lucy Snigglefritz, world-famous circus dog, is the star attraction of Amazing Avido’s Circus. But when ticket sales slump, Lucy is left behind by the circus to fend for herself.
On her own for the first time, Lucy sets out on a new adventure.
What can a circus dog do without a circus?
Maybe Sooty, a Dalmatian at the local firehall, will have the answer…

Why do I like this book

  • Wonderfully engaging main character that young kids can relate to.
  • Brilliant illustrations that truly tell the story.
  • Great text that entertains AND provides a lesson in believing in oneself.

It’s fun to find out a little bit about how a picture book is born.  The author has graciously shared a little bit about his writing journey and how “Lucy Snigglefritz” came to be!

I asked Patrick to talk about the main character and her challenge in this story.

“Lucy’s a dog that’s grown up in the circus. It’s all she knows. Though she’s very famous early on, as she gets bigger and older, her popularity wanes, and her boss, Avido Padrone fires her in favor of a newer, younger, cuter dog. The first book explores how Lucy picks herself up and figures out what’s next for her. “

One of the really interesting things is that the author worked with his sister during the entire process…she is the illustrator!

“This was my first time writing a children’s story so the whole process was pretty trial and error. The words came first and then Stephanie and I separated them onto different sheets using 32 pages as our template. Once we were happy with how the story read, we started to brainstorm illustrations. Now, for Lucy 2, which we’re currently working on, I’ve written the words and included some ideas for illustrations. If she wants to use them, fantastic. If not, I’ll try not to be too hurt.”

Patrick, I love the educational angle to your books…can you share that?

“The educational concept behind Lucy is that each story revolves around her meeting a breed of dog that’s suited to a certain job. In Book 1, she met Sooty the Dalmatian and found out why dalmatians make such good fire dogs. In Book 2, we explore why poodles make such good show dogs, so there is a strong educational angle. I learn a lot when I research for each one.

The second concept is one that revolves around self-confidence and self-belief. It’s the series arc and we explore this in more detail with each book as Lucy meets new characters, experiences a new life beyond the circus, and gradually finds out she’s good at a lot more things than just jumping through fiery hoops.

Where can readers find your book?

It’s currently available on Amazon for the Kindle right here. We’re working on getting it into other online stores. An iBook version is coming with different interactive parts but that’s a ways off yet.

Print copies of the book are also available at select stores….you can find out here.

I want to thank Patrick so very much for letting me share “The Adventures of Lucy Snigglefritz”…we eagerly await the next book in the series!

Related Activities:


Photo from Easy Kids Crafts

In an emergency, people often panic and forget the simplest things.  Why not make a door hanger for your child’s doorknob…with important phone numbers and information on the back side…911 and perhaps a close family member and also a nearby neighbor whom your child can call upon for help. 

You will need: 1 piece of heavy-weight construction paper (or card stock), 1 piece of white paper, markers, glue and scissors.

  1. Cut the construction paper in a rectangle and then cut out a circle near the top.
  2. Decorate one side with fire-fighting pictures (you can cut these out from magazines and paste them on or draw them with markers or crayons).
  3. Cut a sheet of white paper to fit the back side and glue in place.
  4. Write important phone numbers with the name of two or three of the people your child will feel comfortable and safe with…putting a photo of the person next to their phone number will help very young children identify who it is.
  5. Hang on your child’s doorknob!

Lots more fire prevention week crafts here.

Do a fire safety drill once a month.   The theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week is “Two Ways Out”.  Do you have two exits from every room in your house?

Lots of activities for kids (and maybe some prizes) here.

This post is part of a series for parents and teachers called Perfect Picture Book Fridays hosted by Susanna Leonard Hill.  Click on her link and find lots of other picture book suggestions with summaries and activities.

This is an unbelievable resource for any parent, teacher or children’s librarian.

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever - Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (PomegranateKids, March 15, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, Feb 13, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, May 1, 2019); MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, Spring 2020); FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020) picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my young grandson.

Posted on October 12, 2012, in Children's author Patrick Milne, Fire Prevention Week, Perfect Picture Book Friday and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. I loved this book when I had the chance to read it in June. I’m so glad you’re featuring it here today. Great activity too. How cute is Jeremy in that fire hat 🙂


    • Thanks, Susanna. 🙂  I’m glad I had the opportunity to spotlight Patrick’s book…it was the perfect choice for Fire Prevention Week!  I’ll be linking up tomorrow morning with PPBF. 🙂   


  2. This looks like a great book! I like reading about dog heroes and Lucy looks like a real winner. And it sounds like the series will be one to look forward to. What a great idea to learn all about different breeds of dogs! Thanks for sharing this story.


  3. Vivian, great pick of books. Haven’t read this series, but I know some grandchildren who would. Great to pick p on Fire Prevention Week — I try to follow awareness weeks and months too. Cute picture of Jeremy. My husband’s eldest son is a fire chief.


    • Thanks, Pat!  Patrick Milne was part of Susanna’s mini-series on self-publishing.  I think it’s a really fun story…kids will love the adorable mc. Congrats on having a fire chief in the family!!!  I honestly think that fire fighters and police should get the big bucks…not sports figures and movie celebs. 🙂   


  4. Loved your choice for PPBF and I certainly loved your activity… “door hanger” what a great idea. (Even I am forgetful of numbers.) Great minds think alike, stories of dogs….lol.


  5. What a great post, Vivian! Informative and fun. It’s so important for kids to develop awareness of dangers and how to cope with them intelligently. Your Mom was wise to prepare you…


    • Thank you, Jarm.  Parents sometimes think that the ABC’s and academic ‘stuff’ is what kids need to learn. Although that is true, it’s also important to prepare our children with basic life skills.  Every child should help prepare meals, do chores, learn how to do the wash…and older kids should know how to balance a checkbook and shop and make change…simple everyday things…but so necessary if one wants to encourage kids to become independent. 🙂   


  6. Great post! Love the mc’s name, and that photo is too cute!


  7. This is very important info… ty for sharing it. 😉


  8. This is fantastic that you featured this book. Children need to hear about safety, but not in a scary way. Thank you for sharing this wonderful book. 🙂


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