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Diverse New Early Reader Series Offers Furry, Four-Legged Fun


SAINT PAUL, MN, February 21, 2019 – Jolly Fish Press, an imprint of North Star Editions, Inc. (NSE) is excited to announce the September 1, 2019 release of Doggie Daycare, an adorable new 4-book series for early readers ages six to eight. The series, written by Carol Kim and illustrated by Felia Hanakata, follows siblings Shawn (9) and Kat (7) Choi as they start their own pet-sitting service out of their San Francisco home. Every dog they meet has its own special personality sending them on fun (and furry) adventures all over the city!

In Most Valuable Puppy, the lead title in this new series, Shawn and Kat decide to try their luck at pet-sitting and take on their first charge, Bouncer, a Jack Russell terrier who loves kimchi and more than lives up to his name.

About Most Valuable Puppy, (ISBN: 9781631633409)
Lead Title – Advanced review copy provided.

Bouncer’s name fits him perfectly. The Jack Russell terrier is definitely full of energy. But when Shawn and Kat agree to take Bouncer for a long weekend, they discover just how much energy—and mischief—Bouncer has. Can Shawn and Kat find a way to keep Bouncer calm before he’s their first and last Doggie Daycare customer?

All four books in the series are 48 pages, 6” x 9” paperback trade originals, priced at $6.99. Additional formats available include reinforced library binding (list: $24.27, school/library: $16.99), multi-user hosted e-book ($23.99), and single-user e-book ($6.99).

Three additional titles will be released simultaneously on September 1, 2019. Digital review copies for these titles available upon request.

Additional Titles
Blue Ribbon Pup (ISBN:
Fifi is a pampered show dog entrusted to Shawn and Kat for the week. The siblings are under strict orders to limit the bichon frise’s time outdoors. But Fifi proves to be a terror. She barks too much, chews on the furniture, and even attacks the toilet paper. Can Shawn and Kat find a way to keep Fifi under control before their family forces them to close their Doggie Daycare business for good?

Dog Sled Star (ISBN: 9781631633324)
Star is a playful Siberian husky that needs a lot of exercise. She’s well-trained, so Shawn and Kat let her off leash at the park. But Star gets excited and accidentally knocks a little girl to the ground. Furious, the girl’s mother insists that Star leave the park. Can Shawn and Kat find a way to channel Star’s energy before she is banned from the park forever?

Library Buddy (ISBN: 9781631633362)
Buddy is an eight-year-old goldendoodle who loves to play hide-and-seek . . . at least he used to. Buddy is losing his vision and can’t do many of his favorite activities anymore. So when he comes to Doggie Daycare, Shawn and Kat try to find something that will bring the old Buddy back. What will it take to get Buddy’s tail wagging again?

About the Author
Carol Kim lives in Texas with her husband, two daughters, and one very well-behaved dog. Her childhood was spent in Southern California, where she grew up eating kimchi every day. She writes both fiction and nonfiction for children. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, cooking and traveling, and exploring food from different cultures.

About the Illustrator
Felia Hanakata is an Indonesia-based illustrator. She went to the Academy of Art University and completed her BFA in Illustration in Spring 2017. She thinks storytelling breathes life and colors into the world. When she is not drawing, she usually reads, drinks lots of coffee, plays video games, or looks for inspiration in nature and her surroundings. 

About Jolly Fish Press and North Star Editions
Jolly Fish Press, an imprint of North Star Editions, is dedicated to promoting exceptional, unique new voices in fiction. North Star Editions, Inc. publishes fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages that inspires, informs, and entertains. For more information, visit

Contact: Taylor Kohn, or (651) 424-4623

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