2014 Mom’s ChoiceAwards Honoring Excellence. Silver Award Recipient for “Do Bad Dogs Get Cancer?” Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5 to 8): Self-Improvement. Winner of the 2016 Reader’s Favorite Silver Award in the Children – Animal Category
Coping with cancer is difficult in children. They may experience much confusion, fear, and misunderstanding about the disease and its treatment.
The Do Bad Dogs Get Cancer? book is about helping children and young adults better understand what happens when a loved one, including their pet, is diagnosed with cancer. This book helps the reader identify with the emotions Turbo and Boxster are experiencing once Turbo is diagnosed with cancer; provides a better understanding of cancer treatments; and reassures that cancer is not contagious.
This book uses reassuring words as a means for parents to have an
open discussion and address children’s concerns in a child-friendly way.
Patricia A. Brill, Ph.D. is an award-winning author and the creator of The Dog Tales Collection. Her intent in developing The Dog Tales Collection was to help parents start a conversation with their child regarding issues or concerns they may have with their pets. These books not only speak to the concerns children have related to their pets, but can also teach children about issues of life, illness, or diversity within their own lives. Turbo, Cayman, Carrera, and Porsche Bella, all rescue dogs, live with Patricia and her husband Dino.
Curt Walstead has been working in the children’s market for over twenty years as an illustrator, cartoonist, character designer, and animation storyboard artist. During that time he had the opportunity to work on many of today’s popular children’s shows such as Dora the Explorer, Clifford’s Puppy Days, Baby Loony Tunes, and Dragon Tales. Currently, he resides with his family in Southern California and concentrates his efforts on illustrating children’s books.