Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Coop the Great by Larry Verstraete

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the fiction novel Coop the Great by Larry Verstraete organized by Chapter by Chapter. On my stop, I have a guest post for you. There's also a giveaway at the end of this post. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour here for more guest posts and reviews. Enjoy!
Coop is an aging, cynical, down-and-out dachshund who faces the ultimate test when his new owner, Mike, and Mike’s grandchildren, Zach and Emma, run into trouble. Mike rescued him, but does Coop have what it takes to do the same?

Drawing strength from the stories about great dogs that Mike shares with him, Coop charts a dangerous journey to save his new family.

About the Author:
Larry Verstraete (B.Sc, M.Ed.) is a Winnipeg writer and educator. A teacher for 30 years, his experience ranges from teaching university courses to teaching at the senior and middle years levels in public school. An author of books for youngsters, Larry has also written for writer’s manuals, science textbooks, and educational journals, and has conducted sessions in science and writing for youngsters and adults around the country. His writing career began as an off-shoot of his teaching one, and here is his story.....

Guest post:
The world of … (World Building)
The World of Dogs

Coop is an elderly dachshund who has been shuttled between shelters and homes most of his life. He experiences everything from a dog’s point of view, and yet he lives with humans who do things for different reasons and in different ways than he would. I wanted Coop to be observant, curious, and above all else, philosophical. He’s a thinking dog, given to wondering about life and his relationships not only to other animals, but also to his human caretakers.

Coop is the narrator of his own story. To make his voice authentic and believable, I had to learn how dogs function and then imagine how that would translate into various situations. Fortunately, I’ve had dogs as pets so that was a great starting point, but even then I needed to do more research. I read books about dogs, visited shelters, hung around with dachshunds, and questioned owners about their pets. At one point, I crawled on all fours to appreciate how a small dog like Coop might view life. I saw scratches in our hardwood floor and dents in the furniture that I never noticed before.

In a dog’s world, senses play a key role. Of all the senses, the primary one is smell. Dogs have many more smell receptors than humans do, and smell is their main information-gathering tool. They sniff everything – other dogs, garbage, dung, crotches. That led to some interesting and comical scenarios.

Coop’s size and age factored into the story in a big way, too. In his world, everything looks large and challenging. Because he has a few age-related issues like arthritis, even climbing up on to a bed is daunting.
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  1. This looks like an awesome read!

  2. I love anything to do with dogs, a book would be great.

  3. Renee Collins (google account)November 7, 2018 at 6:42 PM

    Love the cover! I really want to read this...

  4. Love the cover sounds like a cute book.

  5. Love the sound of this book. I love dogs x

  6. The story sounds great, I look forward to reading it. Thanks