Skinny Brown Dog

Skinny Brown Dog Cover

Skinny Brown Dog

By Kimberly Willis Holt; Donald Saaf (Illustrator)

Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805075878, 40pp.

Publication Date: June 12, 2007


A charming story about an unlikely friendship by National Book Award winning author Kimberly Willis Holt

Benny the baker leads a simple life. He makes delicious cakes, cookies and muffins, and keeps his customers well fed and happy. When a skinny brown dog shows up on Benny's doorstep, nothing Benny says can convince him to go away. While Benny insists that the dog isn't his, customers soon grow as fond of the skinny brown dog as they are of Benny's yummy treats. The children even name him Brownie the perfect name for a baker's dog.

Benny starts to wonder what it might be like to have a dog of his own. But it's not until Brownie comes to his rescue that Benny realizes a dog can make a very good friend. Full of winning characters (and delicious treats ), this book celebrates a very special friendship.

About the Author
Kimberly Willis Holt is the author of the Piper Reed series, including "Piper Reed, Navy Brat," "Piper Reed, Clubhouse Queen," and "Piper Reed, Rodeo Star." She has written many award-winning novels, including "The Water Seeker" and "My Louisiana Sky," as well as the picture books "Waiting for Gregory" and "Skinny Brown Dog." Holt was born in Pensacola, Florida, and lived all over the U.S. and the world from Paris to Norfolk to Guam to New Orleans. She long dreamed of being a writer, but first worked as a radio news director, marketed a water park, and was an interior decorator, among other jobs. A few years after she started writing, her third book, "When Zachary Beaver Came to Town," won a National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She resides in West Texas with her family.Donald Saaf has illustrated many picture books, including "Pushkin Minds the Bundle," "The Easter Bunny that Overslept" and "Wee G." He lives in Saxtons River, Vermont."

Praise For Skinny Brown Dog

"A tasty treat for reading aloud that should get a rave reception."
--Kirkus Reviews "A well-crafted picture book that children will appreciate."
--School Library Journal "Irresistible canine charms, and Saaf's pictures, in equal parts clever and sweet (but never saccharine), ... will deservedly earn children's appreciation here."