When Molly Drew Dogs

When Molly Drew Dogs

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On the night before the first day of school, a pack of stray dogs moves into Molly's head. They are friendly, but a bit wild. They scamper through her thoughts, yap at the door to her dreams, and scratch at her brain, begging to be let out. So Molly starts to draw them.

When Molly draws dogs, she feels better--but not everyone can see the value of her strange habit. Her teacher tells her to focus. A special tutor urges her to concentrate. But Molly can't erase the dogs, even if she wants to. As her anxiety peaks, Molly runs away. Once she is found, safe and sound, people around Molly realize the protective power of her pack and how the dogs help tame her troubled feelings.

Inspired by the Japanese folktale, The Boy Who Drew Cats, this story celebrates the healing powers of art and imagination while touching on important issues of anxiety, mental health, and ways to cope with emotions.

Author: Deborah Kerbel
Publisher: Owlkids
Published: 09/17/2019
Pages: 32
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.75lbs
Size: 8.70h x 8.50w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9781771473385
Audience: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 07/01/2019
School Library Journal 10/18/2019 pg. 1

About the Author
DEBORAH KERBEL is the author of ten books for young adult, middle grade, and primary readers. She lives and writes in Thornhill, Ontario, with her husband, their two book-loving teens, and a rescue schnoodle named Freddie.

LIS XU is a Chinese-Canadian artist whose main tools are ballpoint pens, pencil crayons and watercolours. She loves creating art that reminds her of the warmth of a hug. A debut picture book illustrator, Lis lives in Toronto, Ontario.