My friend Jules sent me her daughter’s manuscript for her first book titled “Lucy Dog case of the missing collers.” A six paged story, brightly colored with dogs and “collers,“ this precious home made book is beyond adorable and wonderful. On the back cover, Erica encourages her readers to "join Lucy and help find the missing collers!"
Since I am a former English teacher, Jules knew I would be interested in the story that her eight year old daughter not only wrote but illustrated herself. When it arrived in the mail, I giggled and read it over and over.
Erica weaves a compelling mystery about how Lucy’s friend Stink awoke from his nap, and as he tells Lucy: “[His] coller is gone.“ As the neighborhood dog gumshoe, Lucy assures Stink that she “will get this under conchrolli and see if other dogs have their’s.“ Lucy sets out to solve the mystery by interrogating and interviewing all the possible suspects including Jake, the husky, and Polly, the black lab, only to discover that their “collers“ were missing too.
I can’t give away the details, since this book could be a best-seller and I would hate to give away the surprise ending, but in the future, dear blog readers, you will need to look for the 21st century newest promising writer and illustrator of her own work, Erica, age 8, of Maryland.
She can spin a tale or two, and she draws great “collers.”