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Savvy fans of Maria Gianferrari’s will know how much she loves dogs, and what a big role they play in her body of work. (Current stats run at 61% for books sold that include dogs :)) Some months back, Maria sent me a new PB manuscript about some of the wonderful lessons we can learn from our four-legged pals. And what a delight it was! I was enchanted by the text, and so equally was my agent colleague Kirsten Hall—who in turn passed it to her illustrious superstar illustrator Pete Oswald. 

And so, a book was born! One aggressive preempt later, here is the result of that roundup of inspiration:

Nancy Inteli at Harper Collins Children’s has preempted world rights to Maria Gianferrari’s BEING A DOG: A TAIL OF MINDFULNESS, with illustrations by #1 NYT Bestselling artist Pete Oswald. This warm and accessible picture book takes us right into the world of mindfulness that our four-legged friends come to so naturally, with a reminder that the very best things in life are not only shared—but lived, felt, and experienced. The two-book deal was managed by Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author and Kirsten Hall of Catbird Productions for the illustrator. The first book is planned for winter 2022.

Not one but TWO books to look forward to from this dynamic duo! If that’s not something to howl about, I don’t know what is.

Huge congratulations, Maria!

- Joan