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Monday, May 6, 2013

Boo's Bad Day

Character Post for

By: Penny Lockwood
Picture book for children aged 18 months to 6 years
Published by 4RV Publishing
ISBN# 13: 978-0-9852661-5-8
$8.99 includes s/h

Sue, thanks for hosting me.  At the end of the tour, I will pick out one commenter’s name and send an autographed copy of Boo’s Bad Day to a United States address only.  If the name I pick is someone who lives outside the U.S., I will send a PDF copy of the book.  So remember, readers, be sure to leave contact information when you comment!

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Boo sneaks out of the house and discovers that freedom by himself can be scary.


Boo is a very bored kitten. When Timmy and his mom return home, Boo sneaks out of the house.  Boo is frightened by the noises of the big world outside of the safety of his warm home.  When Timmy coaxes Boo back into the house,
Boo realizes some places are safe and some are not.


Hi, my name is Boo, and I’m a teenager, cat that is, only about ten months old. I have black fur that is short and sleek. I don’t know why people think I’m a baby.  I’m pretty independent.  I can jump on counters by myself, and I always use my litter box.  I eat all my crunchies, and I love it when Mom gives me juicy, wet food in my special bowl.

I love to play and chase things, especially when my boy Timmy is home.  He throws my toys for me, and when I run after them, sometimes I slide on the wood floors, and he laughs.  It makes me happy when he does that.  Of course, there are times when Timmy and his mom have to go out.  I don’t like that at all.  I get so bored sitting there by myself.  I try to entertain myself by playing with my toy mice and jingle balls.  I’ve even pulled Mom’s yarn out of her knitting basket.  She really doesn’t like that, but it’s fun to play with.

The other day Timmy and his mom were gone a really long time.  I saw something white covering the ground outside the big window.  I sat on the bench seat in front of the window and watched the other dogs and cats outside.  They all looked like they were having way more fun than I was.  It was so quiet in the house with no one home.  I just knew I had to go out there and see what they were doing and what all that white stuff was.

When Timmy and Mom came home, I snuck out the door before they closed it.  Boy was I surprised!  That white stuff was so cold it hurt my paws. But since I was out there, I decided I should explore.  I think my curiosity got the better of me, though, because before I took a few steps, I wanted to get back inside the house. 

There were so many strange noises: metal scraping against rocks, barking dogs, blaring sirens.  Oh, my.  I just wanted to hide from all the strange sounds.  They were so loud they hurt my ears. I didn’t know how to get back inside, so I all I could do was call for Timmy. The longer I was out in that cold white stuff, the more I knew I wouldn’t be bored if I was in the house. All I could think of was the hearth in front of my nice warm woodstove. Sometimes being bored is good.

Penny Lockwood has published more than 100 articles, 75 stories, a chapbook, and her stories have been included in two anthologies. She writes for both adults and children. Her fiction has appeared in numerous genre and children’s publications, and non‑fiction work has appeared in a variety of writing, parenting, and young adult print magazines and on line publications.  She edits for MuseItUp Publishing.  Visit her web site at http:// Her writing blog is located at

She has recently released Boo’s Bad Day with 4RV Publishing and has three other children’s books under contract with them: Ghost for Rent, Ghost for Lunch, and Many Colored Coats. She has three romances published by MuseItUp Publishing: Love Delivery, Lady in Waiting, and Mirror, Mirror.  Her short story collection, A Past and A Future, is available through Sam’s Dot Publishing and Smashwords. 

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Twitter: @PennyEhrenkranz


Lynette Endicott said...

Great story! As a fellow-cat-owner you nailed one of my three perfectly! I really enjoyed the post. Thanks for a great start to my day.

J Q Rose said...

Boo, I'm with you. I like the warm hearth better than the white stuff for sure!! Great post. What a cutie!

Penny Ehrenkranz said...

Hi Sue, thank you for hosting me today during my tour and for adding the review to this page, too. It's a lovely review!

Lynette, thank you for commenting. Aren't kitties the best? So sweet and yet so unpredictable!

Janet, now I know why you head south every winter. Thanks for commenting.

Sue Perkins said...

So glad you and Boo could visit me Penny. He sounds a lovely little fellow.

Marva Dasef said...

I'm looking forward to hosting Penny and Boo later this month. The simple story and illos make for a charming children's picture book.

Penny Ehrenkranz said...

Hi Marva, thanks for taking time out from your own blog tour to stop and visit. Thank you, also, for your praise of Boo.

Erin Albert said...

Sounds like a great story!! :)

Victoria Roder said...

Sounds like a fun story, Penny! Wish you all the best.

Beth Overmyer said...

Sounds like a really cute read :) As a cat fanatic, I hope my very young niece will be one as well. Maybe I could read this book to her. Right now, we're reading The Hobbit (she's too little to understand a word, she just likes my soothing voice, I guess.) She also likes the poem The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. I think a children's book like this would be more appropriate, don't you? ;)

Penny Ehrenkranz said...

Hi Erin and Victoria, thanks for stopping to comment and your kind words.

Beth, I'm sure your little one would enjoy Boo's Bad Day. I know my grandson does. I love it when he asks to be read the "kitty" book. He enjoys the pictures, too, and looks for Boo and the red cardinal on the pages.

Penny Ehrenkranz said...

Congratulations to Susan York Meyers! She's the winner of an autographed copy of Boo's Bad Day.