About the Book
Book: Zuggy the Rescue Pug – Happy Howl-idays
Author: Jean Marie Alfieri
Genre: Kid-lit Activity Book
Release Date: June 17, 2023
Three fun Zuggy the Rescue Pug stories in one action-packed activity book! First, Zuggy goes ‘Costume Crazy.’ How many does he model before finding the perfect Halloween outfit? Color them all. Then, Zuggy must save dinner from racing out the door, in ‘The Great Turkey Chase.’ Finally, Zuggy can’t stand the thought of the family having no presents this holiday. Can he work some Christmas magic? Only if the cat keeps his secret.
Packed with book club questions, puzzles, and games, this activity book makes a paws-itivly perfect gift for parents, teachers, and kiddos!
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About the Author
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Pug-Lovers Magazine recently sat down with America’s favorite rescue pug to interview him on the new trio of Howl-iday stories and activity books that were released last month. Here’s what Zuggy had to say.
Q: This is book #11 in an award-winning collection. How do you continue to be your Mom / Jean’s most influential writing inspiration?
Zuggy: Oh, that’s easy. I just jump on her lap and wiggle around until I almost fall off and she tells me to settle down. Then I sit and stare deeply into her eyes and subliminally ask for a snack. She thinks I’m giving her story ideas, but it works for her, so I don’t ruin it.
Q: What is the best activity in these special edition books?
Zuggy: The puzzles and games and coloring pages where you can decorate me! The book club questions are also a great feature. (Mom said she got the idea from her own reading club – thanks, Auntie Karen!)
Q: What is your favorite holiday?
Zuggy: This pug is all about love and hugs, so Valentine’s Day is my fave. (I should have been named Very-Valentino, or Vee-vee for short! It’s so Ooo-la-la.)
Q: Do you ever get writer’s block?
Zuggy: Every day around breakfast and dinner time I simply can not focus. I scour the kitchen for lost and forgotten kibbles and wait impatiently for my chef (I mean, Momma Jean) to prepare my next meal. Who could write in such conditions?
Q: Which story from this collection is your favorite?
Zuggy: That’s ruff. ‘Costume Crazy’ is based on a true story and I really enjoyed all the belly-rubs between wardrobe changes. ‘The Great Turkey Chase’ starts out sad but is so exciting, and I score a drumstick in the end, so that’s a super story. And ‘Santa Paws’ is full of surprises. I love them all!
Q: Where can friends and fans get this new book?
Zuggy: The whole collection is available on Amazon and Jean will be signing copies on September 16, 2023, at the Humane Society’s Pawtoberfest, in Colorado Springs. Grab a beer and a book! And remember, she loves visiting schools (in person or remotely) so drop us an email to schedule a class visit: ZuggythePug@gmail.com
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To celebrate her tour, Jean is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a print-copy of the newest special-edition activity book, “Zuggy the Rescue Pug – Happy Howl-idays”!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.
Zuggy the Rescue Pug Happy Howl-idays is an adorable book that includes coloring pages and activities. There are rhyming stories that cover Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. There are various activities all throughout, such as, mazes, crossword puzzles, word searches, spot the differences, connect the dots, etc. Even though this marketed for young children, I personally enjoyed the whole book very much. I loved working on all the activities and finding out how sweet Zuggy is.
I am giving Zuggy the Rescue Pug Happy Howl-idays five stars. I believe children between the ages of three and nine will enjoy it the most, but the big kids like me will like it, as well. I would love to read the other books on Zuggy.
I received a soft cover copy of Jean Marie Alfieri’s Zuggy the Rescue Pug Happy Howl-idays from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.