Award-Winning Mom-Son Authors Share Their Love of Dogs, Books and Writing with their Dog Picture Books, Blog and School Visits
The “Bash and Lucy” journey began with the sudden death of the Cohns’ dog, Lucy. To keep her alive in their hearts, writer Lisa Cohn and her son, Michael, now 6, wrote the dog picture book”Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence,” and launched “Michael’s Dog Blog,” offering kids’ dog book reviews by Michael and friends on their YouTube page. On the blog, the Cohns also provide news and fun dog facts for kids–with commentary from Michael. Since then, Lisa and Michael have shared their love of dogs, books and writing with the the Today Show, on Sirius XM Radio, in Disney’s Babble, the Oregonian, AM Northwest, and other media– as well as with kids from all over the world. Learn more about their School Visits and Skype in the classroom lessons , where they teach kids how they write, publish and publicize their books. During their school visits, they also do “KidLit Chat with Michael“–literary analysis for kids of all ages led by their resident 6-year-old book lover!
In this contemporary boy-and-dog tale, talkative Bash has a big problem in soccer: His beloved dog, Lucy, is a pro at nabbing the ball, but sometimes at the wrong moment. Coach wants to ban Lucy from soccer practice and games, separating Bash from a companion who boosts his confidence in sports–and life. In this picture book for kids age 4-8, Bash and friends help Coach understand that with Lucy by their side, they feel more confident, laugh more often, and are comforted when they make mistakes.
Buy “Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence,” along with the audiobook–recorded by the authors and three boys, age 6-8–on Amazon.com. Fifty percent of the proceeds are donated to the Oregon Humane Society.
Said one Goodreads reader: “My 7-year-old son read this aloud to me. He was laughing and though he screamed “disgusting” when the dog peed, he had the biggest grin on his face which told me the “disgusting” remark was for my benefit. He finished reading it and then proceeded to run off to read it to his dad and 4 sisters. I think it’s pretty safe to say that he LOVED this book and that this is a good read for a child in his age group.”
–Robyn Duong, on Goodreads
Read more reviews below.
In their latest book, “Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy,” Bash’s soccer team is about to go to the championships, thanks to his dog, Lucy. She helps coach the team by kissing the players and doing tricks for them. But Bash sometimes has a hard time sharing Lucy. He is overcome with jealousy when his dog enchants a soccer team of special-needs kids. Can Bash learn to share his tail-wagging pal with kids who say they need her? Buy the book here On Amazon.com “Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy” was funded by a Kickstarter, and the plot was created based on input from the Cohns’ “Skype in the classroom” students. Here you can watch a Skype in the classroom clip where students provide ideas.
REVIEWS of “Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence:”
“Bash and Lucy,” an endearing story about a boy and his soccer-loving dog, is a book that kids (and the adults who read it to them) will enjoy. Any kid who plays soccer, any parent who’s watched or coached soccer, and anyone who’s loved a dog will find something to love about this book!
–Susan Moshofsky, teacher, parent, and former soccer mom
My 7-year-old son read this aloud to me. He was laughing and though he screamed “disgusting” when the dog peed, he had the biggest grin on his face which told me the “disgusting” remark was for my benefit. He finished reading it and then proceeded to run off to read it to his dad and 4 sisters. I think it’s pretty safe to say that he LOVED this book and that this is a good read for a child in his age group.
–Robyn Duong, on Goodreads
“Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence” is a wonderful story that teaches kids and their families about the important relationships we can have with dogs and illustrates beautifully how there can be more than one way to do something… and that the best way isn’t always the obvious way! It promotes relationships above results and creative thinking above the status quo. A great read for any dog-lovers!
- Phoebe Spier, Musician & Child/Youth Development Professional
-Christi Johnson, on Goodreads
My daughter loves dogs, so she was drawn immediately to the story…The pictures in the book are wonderfully drawn that help tell the kids too what is going on in the book…This book will appeal especially to kids who love dogs. Even those kids that don’t like dogs, this book is funny and well written that it will draw any child in. I think this book will teach kids important lessons of working together, being a team and just how to treat others. So snuggle up with your child and read this book!
--Sarah Romano, Bookroomreviews.com
This is a wonderful, contemporary boy-and-dog tale. Lucy understands the real meaning of teamwork and teaches her lessons on the soccer field to those who speak her language. It takes the coach awhile to get what boy and dog already know. The book has cute and colorful illustrations. Its lively story will engage kids while offering some good lessons about sports — and life. This is one of those special books that both parents and kids will appreciate in their own way.
–Elisa Wood, parent and award-winning writer
This was a good book for the kiddo’s. They started fall soccer a few weeks ago and this gave them a little bit of humor to go along with the game.
–Rebecca Cox, on Goodreads
Parents, teachers and young kids will enjoy this fun story about a young dog lover, Bash, who thinks his soccer team can’t live without his sporty Golden Retriever, Lucy. “Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence” teaches kids about just some of the many important values kids can learn from dogs. Once you’ve read the book, be sure to visit “Michael’s Dog Blog” again and again. It’s packed with entertaining book reviews by young children, fascinating dog facts for kids, and hero dog stories–to name just some of the highlights.
–Joan Tolle, Special Education teacher, Sweet Home, Oregon
“Bash & Lucy Fetch Confidence” is a winning picture book that teaches children about the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship while also revealing the close bond between children and their beloved pets. Writer Lisa Cohn has teamed up with her young son, Michael, to write this warm, humorous story, which is illustrated by Heather Nichols. Bash and his friends play on a soccer team and are used to Lucy, Bash’s Golden Retriever, encouraging them at games until the Coach decides the dog is a distraction and doesn’t belong. With Lucy gone, the boys lose their ability to work together. It’s up to Lucy and the boys to convince the coach that Lucy’s faithful presence is the right way to create team spirit. The charming, expressive illustrations make this a lively story and a great choice for kids age 4-8.
–Erin MacLellan, author and parent
In this charming and humorous tale about a boy and his dog, the authors cleverly show us, through the eyes of the boy and his dog, the beautiful life lessons learned about friendship, love and sportsmanship. Lucy-dog embodies the spirit of teamwork as she builds confidence in a boys’ soccer team and encourages them to work together without saying a word! Even the coach is reminded, as parents and teachers will attest, that when we pay attention, these little creatures impart keen insights along life’s path that we otherwise might miss. Age-old values such as respect, love and non-violence punctuate the pages. The author’s canine imagery is vivid and always imaginative. Appropriately, the illustrations are delightfully whimsical and supply a truly artistic touch. Young or old, one cannot help but smile at the antics of Lucy and her teammates. Bravo!
--Laura Stipkala, teacher and parent
Such a cute book…awesome illustrations, too. I really like the idea of using the dog to help teach the concept of teamwork, the importance of confidence, and how the dog represented to the boys these ideas. I also enjoyed the flow of the book…It’s a nice story that can teach some great lessons to kids in sports.
–Kirk Mango, National Champion, Hall of Famer, & author of “Becoming a True Champion”
Parents, teachers, and young kids will enjoy this fun story about a young dog lover, Bash, who thinks his soccer team can’t live without his sporty Golden Retriever, Lucy. “Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence” teaches kids about just some of the many important values kids can learn from dogs. Once you’ve read the book, be sure to visit “Michael’s Dog Blog” again and again. It’s packed with entertaining book reviews by young children, fascinating dog facts for kids, and hero dog stories–to name just some of the highlights.
–Joan Tolle, Special Education teacher, Sweet Home, Oregon
Bash and Lucy drives home a valuable lesson – kids will have the best opportunity to thrive in sports and life if their adult role models provide a comfortable environment that engenders confidence. I highly recommend including this book in your family’s bedtime collection.
–Jack Malley, youth sports coach and author of “Meet The Lunatics Who Run Your Kids’ Sports Leagues.”
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