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  • Published: 4 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9780823444939
  • Imprint: Holiday House
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 80
  • RRP: $29.99

Dear Beast: The Pet Parade




A snobby cat and a good-natured dog fight over the chance to dress up with their owner in this playful illustrated chapter book series told in letters.

It’s time for the annual city pet parade! Only one pet can win first place…Simon the cat has always hated wearing costumes, so he decides it’s okay for Andy’s new dog, Baxter, to march with Andy instead. This way, Simon gets to avoid a costume and keep his dignity.

But when Baxter keeps the costume plans a secret, Simon changes his mind. His boy Andy needs him! Who knows what trouble Baxter is up to? That beast can’t be trusted—and it’s Simon’s job to save the day.

This funny and heartwarming collaboration between Geisel Honor and Edgar Award-winning author Dori Hillestad Butler and bestselling illustrator Kevan Atteberry is a tribute to the love of a good pet. With eight chapters and adorable full-color illustrations on every spread, the series is purr-fect for parents to share with their beginning readers.

  • Published: 4 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9780823444939
  • Imprint: Holiday House
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 80
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Dori Hillestad Butler

Dori Hillestad Butler books have appeared on children’s choice award lists in 18 different states. Trading Places with Tank Talbott won the Maryland Children’s Choice Award in 2007. And The Buddy Files: Case of the Lost Boy won the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery. Dori has also been a ghostwriter for the Sweet Valley Twins, Unicorn Club, and Boxcar Children series, and a children’s book reviewer for several publications. She’s published numerous short stories, play, and educational materials, and has served as the Iowa Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators’ Regional Advisor. She grew up in southern Minnesota and now lives in Seattle with her husband, son, dog, and cat. She visits schools and leads writing workshops all over the country.

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