Tallying the Books 3: The Pippin trilogy

I’m a fantasy writer — of course if I write picture books, they’re going to form a trilogy!

Not really. But that’s how it turned out.

Cover of Pippin Takes a Bath

Pippin Takes a Bath

I wrote the three ‘Pippin and Mabel’ books inspired by my dog Pippin, who was a big yellow husky-ish dog. The book-Pippin is female and not husky-ish at all, and lives in a little house near the woods with Mabel, an artist. Whether it’s fleeing up hill and down dale to avoid a bath or discovering things like kittens and mysterious bones in the woods, Pippin always keeps Mabel’s life from being boring. They came out in 1999, 2000, and 2001. I received a Lieutenant-Governor’s Early Childhood Literacy Award (now renamed the Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Early Childhood Literacy Award) in 2000 for Pippin Takes a Bath.

Cover of Pippin and the Bones

Pippin and the Bones

The real Pippin really did dig up my tomato plants to bury a bone and carefully put them back into place and pat down the earth so I wouldn’t notice. Unfortunately he wasn’t a botonist and got which end up a tomato plant should go wrong. All the roots sticking up in the air was a bit of a giveaway. And he also really found and claimed a stray cat, whom we adopted — thought that was after I wrote Pippin and Pudding. He never found a Mastondon, though.

Cover of Pippin and Pudding

Pippin and Pudding

My novel Blackdog is dedicated to Pippin.

The three Pippin books were illustrated by Bernice Lum. French translations (translated by Cecile Gagnon) were published by Scholastic.

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About K.V. Johansen

The author of Blackdog, The Leopard, The Lady, and Gods of Nabban, epic fantasies from Pyr, I also write for teens and children, including the "Torrie", "Warlocks of Talverdin", and "Cassandra Virus" series, and the "Pippin and Mabel" picture books, as well as a couple of short story collections and two works of adult literary criticism on the history of children's fantasy literature. I have a Master's degree in Mediaeval Studies, and read a lot of fantasy, science fiction, and history. Blog at thewildforest.wordpress.com
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