Loudest Bark, The

By Gail Marlene Schwartz & Lucie Gagnon
Illustrated by Amélie Ayotte

Loudest Bark, The
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Samuel knows that their real name is Simone, but things at their house are too quiet to think about how to tell their parents. When Chloe the costume designer moves in across the street with a dog about to have puppies, life becomes bigger, more colourful, and louder. And so ... Read more


Overview

Samuel knows that their real name is Simone, but things at their house are too quiet to think about how to tell their parents. When Chloe the costume designer moves in across the street with a dog about to have puppies, life becomes bigger, more colourful, and louder. And so does Simone.

Gail Marlene Schwartz

Lucie Gagnon and Gail Marlene Schwartz are passionate about children's books. They co-authored Clementine in Quarantine (Facile à lire, 2020) and My Sister's Girlfriend (Rebel Mountain Press, forthcoming). Lucie is retired from the Montreal Public Library system. She is a homeschooling mom who loves games, pasta, and learning how things work. Gail writes for adults and is also a professional editor. She likes to sing, make challah bread, and do messy art projects with friends. Along with writing, Lucie and Gail also share a home, a son, and a dog, all full of sound, in St-Armand, Quebec. Authors available for school and other venue readings and presentations.

Lucie Gagnon

Lucie Gagnon and Gail Marlene Schwartz are passionate about children's books. They co-authored Clementine in Quarantine (Facile à lire, 2020) and My Sister's Girlfriend (Rebel Mountain Press, forthcoming). Lucie is retired from the Montreal Public Library system. She is a homeschooling mom who loves games, pasta, and learning how things work. Gail writes for adults and is also a professional editor. She likes to sing, make challah bread, and do messy art projects with friends. Along with writing, Lucie and Gail also share a home, a son, and a dog, all full of sound, in St-Armand, Quebec. Authors available for school and other venue readings and presentations.

Amélie Ayotte

Amélie Ayotte is an illustrator and animator living in the Montreal area in Quebec. Her favourite mediums are watercolor and colored pencils, which she uses to create colorful images inspired by nature. Her first short film, Koi, was presented at the Fantasia and Animaze festivals.

Excerpt

"Samuel, I think Piano might be ready to have her babies. "
Chloe was right!

A few hours later, Piano is the proud mama of four tiny puppies.
"There's one girl and three boys. Let's put different coloured ribbons around their necks to tell them apart. We should give them glamorous names. .."
"How about Little Miss?"
Chloe laughs. "Perfect!"

"I hope we gave the puppies the right names. "
"Not sure I understand, lovely one. "
"When I was born, the baby fairy whispered my name to my parents. They thought she said Samuel but she really said Simone. "
"I see. Did you tell your parents?"
"Not yet. "

Reviews

"A sweet and beautiful picture book that could be used to start a conversation about gender identity with young children. My primary students love this book and it is hard to keep it on the shelves of my library. " Lesley Bell, teacher librarian.

"The illustrations are rich and full of diversity. This book sends a great message to kids about exploring their self-expression and breaking out of traditional gender norms. This is an exceptional LGBTQ+ book to read to a young child. Highly recommended. "Chantal Hughes, author in award nominated Breaking Boundaries.

"A heartwarming story with dazzling artwork about family, friendship, puppies, love, acceptance, and the exciting discovery of identity. If these characters were real, I would love to know them!"LS Stone, author of What's in it for Me?

"A delightfully sweet story about a family coming out and alive with the help of a furry friend and a wonderful neighbour. "Darby Love-Librarian

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