Celebrating Interspecies Friendships

bogart and vinnie from bloomsburyI started this blog shortly after selling Bogart and Vinnie: A Completely Made-Up Story of True Friendship. Tricia Lawrence, associate agent at Erin Murphy Literary Agency and something of a social media guru, helped me come up with the theme: literary friendship. We both loved the way it could apply to writers’ and illustrators’ relationships to the books they work on as well as to the characters in books they adored. And of course, it served the theme of Bogart and Vinnie, too.

The friendship, such as it is, between Vinnie, the crazy-happy dog, and Bogart, the wants-to-be-left-alone rhinoceros, was itself inspired by the spate of nonfiction picture books about interspecies friendships that have been popping up for nearly a decade. For more about the strange evolution of my book, be sure to check out Debbie Ohi’s awesome blog later this month, where I’ll be talking about precisely that.

Hootie June 13

Hootie, the two-year-old
dog who wants a bunny

Here’s the funny thing, reader: the strong desire for an interspecies friendship has hit home. Hootie, who turned two this month, has been none-too-subtle about her desire for a wild bunny. Our neighborhood is overrun with them, so she has had many opportunities to share said desire. A generally well-behaved dog (if you overlook the facts that she barks too much and sometimes jumps on people), she is like a human two-year-old in her ability to forget everything she knows (walk next to person on other end of leash, do not take off madly after hopping animals) when confronted with the object of her desire.

I suspect such a friendship would be very brief. And likely end in blood and death. And it’s a lesson well worth thinking through that perhaps not all interspecies introductions end in incredibly photogenic friendships.

And so we ignore Hootie’s request and offer, instead, a tennis ball.

Bogart and Vinnie: A Completely Made-Up Story of True Friendship is officially out today. To celebrate, I’ve visited a number of great blogs. Keep an eye out for this month’s Bartography from author Chris Barton (and sign up to receive it, if you haven’t already).

There’s also a fun new column at The Children’s Book Review. And a Bogart and Vinnie giveaway.

Local friends, I’ll be doing a reading and signing at my adopted-hometown-store, Booktowne, in Manasquan, this Saturday, from 1-3.

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8 Responses to Celebrating Interspecies Friendships

  1. jama says:

    Happy Book Birthday! Bogart and Vinnie looks adorable :) . . . and I love Hootie’s face — what personality!!

  2. Tina Cho says:

    Congratulations! What a neat premise for friendship!

  3. mziskjr says:

    Congrats, Audrey! Can’t wait to see it! Love that Hootie! My Oliver shares the same interest in bunnies.

  4. Jean Reidy says:

    Congratulations, Audrey!! I’ll be toasting to you and your wonderful book today!

  5. My favorite line: And so we ignore Hootie’s request and offer, instead, a tennis ball.

  6. Joanne Fritz says:

    Congratulations on your new book! I loved IS YOUR BUFFALO READY FOR KINDERGARTEN and this book sounds like just as much fun. The name Bogart for a rhino is adorable. He looks like he even has those droopy Bogart eyes in Henry Cole’s cover illustration.

  7. Looking forward to Bogart and Vinnie!

  8. Pingback: Bogart and Vinnie: A Completely Made-Up Story of True Friendship | An Education in Books Blog

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