From THE TALE OF WAGMORE GENTLY. Illustrations c2002 by John Bendall-Brunello. With permission of Dutton Children's Books.
Meet Wagmore, a happy dog with a powerful tail. Which sometimes makes his family very unhappy.
One wag can wake the deepest sleeper. A mere twitch can wreck a game of checkers. And a few blissful thumps can spoil a fine musical performance.
The story of Wagmore was inspired by our oldest dog, a high-spirited Black Lab/Australian Shepherd mix. Nicky is forever whacking people, knocking over toys, and clearing coffee tables with her exuberant tail-wagging. Before Jackson became the family alarm clock, she used to wake us up every morning with the joyful thumping of her tail.
One early morning, as I listened groggily to her tail drumming the hardwood floor beside the bed, I thought of Wagmore, a lovable pooch whose joyful nature -- and powerful tail -- frequently got him into trouble.
Teaching Themes: tall tales, struggles with self control, dogs, acceptance, humor, exaggeration.