Mister Spunky and His Friends is the creation of award winning author, Kelly Preston. She has taken the story line from her book, Real Dogs Don’t Whisper, placing it in a picture book format for children to enjoy. Mister Spunky and His Friends is about the importance of love, friendship; and, helping those with special needs. Follow Mister Spunky along his journey to the beach, where he meets three new friends; teaching him important life lessons along the way. Parents, if you enjoyed Real Dogs Don’t Whisper, your children will enjoy this book for them. There are several pages at the end of the story for coloring activities. Ages: 5+
The Inspiration behind the Mister Spunky Book
by Kelly Preston
I would like to say thank you for this opportunity, sharing Mister Spunky and His Friends (www.misterspunky.com) and the story behind it.
Prior to Mister Spunky and His Friends, I published an award winning book, Real Dogs Don’t Whisper (www.realdogsdontwhisper.com), which highlights my life journey caring for four special needs dogs and the life lessons they taught me along the way. The overall message within Real Dogs Don’t Whisper is about giving those with special needs a second chance. The book touches on integrity, unconditional love, leadership, trust, stopping abuse and opening your heart to receive and give both unconditional love and friendship. To lighten the message, I developed a co-author, Mr. MaGoo; Mr. MaGoo is my Lhasa Apso and he is larger than life. He adds humor within the book; sharing with the reader how life is so tough for him being the only male in the house and living with a crazy lady, me.
Real Dogs has an audience from preteens to young adults to adults. I realized that I was missing an opportunity to reach children about the importance of love, friendship and helping others. I decided to take the story line and concept behind Real Dogs Don’t Whisper and place it in a picture book for children, even added coloring activities at the end of the story for children to color. Mr. MaGoo in Real Dogs Don’t Whisper is Mister Spunky in this children’s book. He enjoys life, has fun no matter what he is doing; and, helps others dogs he meets along the way to the beach. At the end of the journey to the beach, Mister Spunky has developed three new friends, each helping each other. The book touches on anti-bullying, friendship, love and helping others especially those with special needs. Mister Spunky and His Friends is ideal for children ages 5 to 10.
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Kelly Preston is, first and foremost, an animal lover. Raised on a ten-acre property in a small town in Pennsylvania, she grew up with horses, rabbits, and – of course – dogs. When she left home after college, she acquired Gizmo, an irresistible Lhasa Apso that started her on a journey full of joys and sorrows, hopes and tribulations, frustrations, endless lessons in patience, and above all else, love. All of this has come at the hands (more precisely the paws) of Gizmo, Betty Boop, Buffy, Carla Mae, and the inimitable Mr. MaGoo.
Mr. MaGoo is a nine-year-old Lhasa Apso and the book’s co-creator and co-writer. He is, in his own words, “the alpha and omega of all dogs – in the cutest and sparkiest, most fun-loving package ever.” Ignoring Kelly’s persistent eye-rolling, Mr. MaGoo has forged ahead with this project in an attempt to, as he puts it, “present the facts from a dog’s perspective. In other words, the correct, most accurate, most interesting, only-one-that-matters perspective,” to which he adds, simply, “Woof!”