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Cornelius and the Dog Star
Written by Diana Spyropulos
Illustrated by Ray Williams
Reading Level: Ages 6-10
Size: 8.5" x 11"
About the Author
Diana Spyropulos, a native of New York City, graduated from New York University. Her wide variety of careers includes high school English teacher, social worker, singer/songwriter, and actress. She has published poetry, short stories and a social studies textbook. She lives in New York State with her children, Peter and Danielle, and their wise old cat, Aslan.
Cornelius Basset-Hound is a miserly old grouch who values outer appearances and proper behavior over expressing love and having fun with his family. Though he has always tried to do his duty and live an upright life, Cornelius is shocked when he arrives at the gates of Dog Heaven and is turned away for being such a grump.
Under the guidance of Sirius the Dog Star and other celestial helpers, Cornelius gradually learns the value of kindness and generosity, discovering that a dog’s life is not measured by how strict he is or the number of bones he earns. In the end, Cornelius is reincarnated as a puppy and rejoins his family in order to share his newfound zest for life.
Diana Spyropulos’ unusual story and Ray Williams’ dream-like illustrations make Cornelius and the Dog Star an unforgettable picture book experience. Winner of the 1996 Award of Excellence from Body Mind Spirit Magazine, this book is not only a wonderful introduction to heaven and the afterlife, but also a simple reminder to slow down and enjoy life.
About the Illustrator
Ray Williams was raised as an "army brat," living in Italy, Libya and other exotic places. Ray’s award-winning illustrations appear in art shows, science fiction and fantasy magazines, books and galleries. His company, Village Idiot Artworks, is based in Longview, Washington, where he lives with his son and Midnight, their black cat.
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