- Orville is a
big, ugly dog. He's not a bad dog, he's a misunderstood dog.
Over the years, he's had bad experiences with the humans in his life who
believe the proper place for a dog is at the end of a chain. His humans
have never understood that Orville barks for very good reasons and
behaves as he does with a plan in mind. Orville knows how to see into
people's hearts and smell their dreams.
Orville, A Dog Story is a lovely tale for everyone. Haven
Kimmel's story is gentle and kind without relying on sentimentality.
Robert Andrew Parker's illustrations are lively and colorful.
Haven Kimmel was once accused of "loving animals more than God" in
Sunday school. Orville, A Dog Story, is her first children's
book. She's also the author of a memoir, A Girl Named Zippy, and
two novels, The Solace of Leaving Early, and Something Rising
(Light and Swift). She lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her
family, a cat, a fish, and five dogs.
Robert Andrew Parker lives in West Cornwall, Connecticut. He's also the
illustrator of many other books for children, including the 2003 Sibert
Honor book Action Jackson and To Fly. Like Kimmel, he
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