October 14, 2009



#1 New York Times bestselling author and master of suspense Dean Koontz pays tribute to his beloved golden retriever, Trixie, in this fresh and funny manifesto of a dog’s fabulous life: I, TRIXIE WHO IS DOG, illustrated by Janet Cleland (G.P. Putnam’s Sons; 9780399251962; On sale October 29, 2009; Ages 5-8 / Grades K-3; 32 pages; $16.99).

According to Trixie, not everyone is cut out to be a dog. Some must be cats (to entertain dogs), some must be cows (so that dogs can have ice cream), and some must be sheep (for dogs to herd them). But Trixie is a dog and joyously herself. And what is the thrill in being a dog? The bliss of kibble! The joy of belly rubs! The dream of one day being able to drive a car across the country with her best friend Jinx? Of course, because Trixie is a dog with a big imagination and oodles of self-esteem.

With whimsical illustrations, quirky humor, and an irrepressible spirit, I, TRIXIE WHO IS DOG will delight readers young and old!

All author proceeds will be donated to the assistance dog non-profit organization Canine Companions for Independence.

About the Author:
DEAN KOONTZ ( worked as a counselor and tutor to underprivileged children and as an English teacher before becoming a professional writer. His bestselling books are published in 38 languages. He lives with his wife, Gerda, in Southern California.

TRIXIE KOONTZ, a golden retriever, has been a frequent guest blogger on Dean Koontz’s website. Their past collaborations include New York Times bestseller Bliss to You: Trixie’s Guide to a Happy Life, and Life Is Good!: Lessons in Joyful Living and Christmas is Good!: Trixie Treats and Holiday Wisdom.

About the Illustrator:
JANET CLELAND has created illustrations for a wide range of clients, including Parents magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Hallmark Cards, AT&T, Purina, Conoco, and J.P. Morgan. She lives in California.

I, TRIXIE WHO IS DOG by Dean Koontz, illustrated by Janet Cleland ▪ G.P. Putnam’s Sons
ISBN: 978-0-399-25196-2 ▪ Hardcover ▪ Picture Book/Fiction ▪ Full color illustrations
Ages 5-8/Grades K-3 ▪ 32 pages ▪ $16.99

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