Puppy: 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles by Patricia Furstenberg – Children’s Book Review and Author Interview

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Puppy: 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles

by Patricia Furstenberg




From the author of “Joyful Trouble”, No.1 Bestseller Children’s Historical Fiction, No.1 Most Gifted Young Adult and Top reviewed Kindle Storyteller book.

A puppy’s first year is filled with findings, wiggles and laughter.
Puppies squirm in all the odd places, sniff all the strange objects, lick everything they can and find something to splash into even when we don’t want them to!
This book of poems explores the first year of a puppy’s life, going through an adventure after the other, one month at a time.
Puppy’s first days, puppy’s first weeks in a new home, puppy’s encounters with snow and the school bag, puppy’s duty to protect… What happens when puppy is full of good intentions, yet his actions go wrong?
Read the rhymes and laugh with your little one.

“Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles: is an auditory feast for children, a fun read-aloud for parents, and treat for dog-lovers, young and old.

From the author of “Joyful Trouble”, No.1 Bestseller Children’s Historical Fiction, No.1 Most Gifted Young Adult and Top reviewed Kindle Storyteller book. – Goodreads

My Thoughts:

This cute little children’s book follows a puppy through its first 12 months of life, through all the seasons, through Christmas and the New Year, and back to spring again. The story is told from the puppy’s point of view and includes colorful illustrations throughout.

We enjoyed reading this sweet book that highlights the importance of family and will influence children to cherish and care for their pets. It’s educational, and the format is easy enough for young readers, yet perfect for reading out loud with your kids as well. Children will love following along in the story through each month and learning of puppy’s adventures with his ‘human pup’ friend. With the story coming from the puppy’s POV, my children began to ask themselves if our new little puppy might be thinking some of these same thoughts in the morning when the house is still quiet, or when it’s time to protect the house when strangers arrive, and even when they leave for the day. What goes on inside their little heads?

We enjoyed this book so much and we’re looking forward to reading more children’s books by Patricia Furstenberg.


You can find this book on Goodreads and also at the sites below:

Author Interview with Patricia Furstenberg


Q: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

16301.jpgA: It must have been during my senior college, when I first read An Autobiography by Agatha Christie. I have always enjoyed penning stories, but this book, by one of my favorite authors, was an eye opener for me.

Q: What made you decide to write children’s books?

A: What I enjoy about writing children’s books is that I can take scholarly, adult ideas, spin them between my fingers then wrap them, like you would do with a present, in attractive, child-friendly covers while adding sensitivity and lots of love – and, ta-da! Something magical and fun has come out of a mundane story. It’s like magic!

Q: What are some of your favorite books from childhood? (or one favorite)

A: It must be Enid Blyton and The Faraway Tree; I read this book many times to my children, while they grew up.

Q: What influenced you to write Puppy: 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles, and are any of your books influenced by your childhood?

A: Our family loves dogs and, especially when my children were younger, we would imagine29495748 what might be going through our dogs’ minds. If they would suddenly talk in human language, what would they be saying to us? Dog’s body language often needs no translation, but what exactly goes through an animal’s mind? This provoking thought is what sparked the poems in Puppy: 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles.

My very first book, Happy Friends, was inspired by the acorn trees I so vividly remember from my childhood. And by the games I was playing as a child, always building homes for my toys – there is something comforting in knowing that the smallest of the toys has a home with a bed and a kitchen – there was always a kitchen included!

Q: Being an adult, how difficult is it for you to write Children’s stories?

A: I believe that anyone can tell a story. Have you every daydreamed? There’s your story! And I am sure that most people, at least once, have told a story to a child. Even if you’ve just retold a story you once knew, if you’ve managed to hold the child’s attention, if your story has raised one question and produced one smile or a giggle, you succeeded. Writing is similar, it just requires a little bit of determination and discipline.

Q: How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

34896666.jpgA: I wrote six books so far, my favorite must be Joyful Trouble, Based on the True Story of a Dog Enlisted in the Royal Navy. It is a humorous story about a Great Dane and how he has found his true, yet unexpected calling. It is based on a true story that took place in South Africa during the World War II.

Q: What do you think makes a great children’s book?

A: If a book succeeds in making the child –and the parent reading it – forget about bedtime; if the characters stay with you after you closed the book; if you hugged the book once you’re done reading or lingered before returning it to its shelf – that means you just encountered a great book.

Q: Do you create all of your own illustrations?

A: Yes, I do. I did pencil drawings for my first book and then moved on to computer illustrations. I thoroughly enjoy creating them as, by the time I am done with the text I know exactly how each character must look.


Q: What’s the best and worst part of being a writer?

A: Loving what you do must be one of the benefits of being a writer; drawing strength from it, although it is a draining activity. This is why not having the time to write is, for me, the worst part of being a writer. Along with marketing my books, perhaps; writing is such a creative endeavor; marketing is, for me, mind-numbing.

Q: What’s the publishing process been like for you and how do you market your books?

A: I am an Indie Author and most of my books are exclusive to Amazon. But I am also adownload.jpg one-woman-show. I have learned a lot about self-publishing during 2017 and now, publishing a book is a streamline process. I use social media to market my books, especially Twitter and Facebook, but I am a firm believer that a good book will market itself. Perhaps that one aspect of marketing I do enjoy is meeting great people along the way and making wonderful friends; the Twitter community, on special

Q: Do you like to read a lot? If so, who are some of your favorite authors and are there any that heavily influence your writing?

A: I love reading and I read in Romanian, my native tongue, and in English. There are many great books by Romanian authors I’m happy I read, authors with a flair for narrative and building dialogue, humorous stories, but there was drama and mostly an all-round Romanian taste to it, which speaks to my heart: Ionel Teodoreanu, Mihai Eminescu or Eugene Ionesco, Emil Cioran or Mircea Eliade. I never get tired of reading Agatha Christie or Dan Brown, Kazuo Ishiguro or Daphne du Maurier, Jane Austen and I love English poetry. Everything one reads influences one’s writing style, I believe. Perhaps that Ionel Teodoreanu, through his lyrical, metaphorical style and Agatha Christie, through her determination and endurance, have influenced me the most.

Q: Are you working on anything now and do you have any future projects planned?

A: I am working on a poetry story book about a cat and I have plans for a few other story books about dogs. I also want to write an African tale I haven’t had time for last year.

Q: Can readers expect more books like this one?511746229.jpg

A: Yes, Indeed, a new Puppy book will certainly come out this year. Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles was well received and, being the busy puppy that he is, he’s been through more fun and learning adventures, almost enough for another book!


Q: Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc.)

A: I am always happy to hear from readers and bloggers. I can be reached through Twitter, Facebook or my author website.

I’d like to thank Patricia Furstenburg for taking time to complete this author interview.

12 thoughts on “Puppy: 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles by Patricia Furstenberg – Children’s Book Review and Author Interview

  1. starjustin

    Excellent post with author Q and A. I enjoy reading children’s books especially involving animals. I’ve been reading the Scaredy Squirrel series by Melanie Watt and really enjoy the illustrations.
    One important thought that I took from this author’s answers is that her heart is truly into writing children’s books. I think that makes for a successful writer.📘🐦

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  2. Dear Mischenko,

    Thank you so much for this wonderful, wonderful book review! I am beyond thrilled to find out that your children enjoyed learning about Puppy’s adventures (and misadventures) 🙂
    An added bonus for me is the fact that listening to Puppy’s book motivated them to put themselves into their own dog’s place and try to better understand their canine companion. A child can gain so much, emotionally and cognitive, by being compassionate towards animals. Plus, it is so much fun to “talk” to your pet!

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    1. You are very welcome, Patricia! I love that the book teaches kids how to be compassionate toward animals. They really think about the puppy’s needs and it helps them to understand that puppies aren’t perfect. They’re learning so much just like a human baby or toddler.

      We thoroughly enjoyed it and thanks so much for the wonderful interview! 💖😁

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