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Who is this Josh Dean?  I am a magazine writer who resides in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, having fled the concrete and taxis of Manhattan for the greener pastures across the East River after the better part of a decade on the island. For many years, I was an editor at various magazines, most recently Men's Journal, where I was deputy editor. I left in 2004 to write full-time. Over the years, I have written for dozens of national magazines including Rolling Stone, Men's Journal, GQ, Travel + Leisure, Outside, New York, Entertainment Weekly, Inc., Fast Company, Spin, Golf, Men's Health, Runner's World, Budget Travel and Cosmopolitan, where I gave women questionable relationship advice for nearly two years. I am also one of the founding editors of PLAY, The New York Times Sports Magazine, and worked on that brilliant but short-lived project from its magical conception in the fall of 2005 until its untimely demise in late 2008, in the early days of print publishing's Ice Age. I was a contributing editor for Best Life for three years, writing about cars on a monthly basis and other subjects with less regularity, until that magazine was euthanized by Rodale in March of 2009. I achieved international reknown as a member of the US elephant polo team, which competed in the 2008 Elephant Polo World Championships, in Nepal. But you probably knew that already. To prove that I have at least part of a foot in this century, and that I can write for things that are not actually printed on paper -- and also to validate my obsession with international soccer -- I blogged the World Cup for New York Magazine. I'm currently working on my first book, SHOW DOG, which will be published by HarperCollins/IT Books in February of 2012, and also trying to get a handle on how to ensure that my first child, Charlie, becomes an international sports star. I am represented by Daniel Greenberg of the Levine Greenberg Agency.  Author of the new book - SHOW DOG

Tammy Gagne is a freelance writer who specializes in the health and behavior of companion animals. She has authored more than 20 books about animals for both adults and children – including several titles in the Animal Planet Pet Care Library. In addition to books, Tammy has written dozens of articles for national pet care magazines, including Dog Fancy.

Although she has profiled numerous dog breeds – from the Chihuahua to the Great Dane, Tammy has a special fondness for spaniels. In 2006, her book The Cocker Spaniel (TFH Publications) was nominated for an award by the Dog Writers Association of America. Two of her more recent titles from this series include The English Cocker Spaniel and The English Springer Spaniel.

Tammy resides in northern New England with her husband, son, dogs, and parrots.

Award-winning picture book teaches children about animals and the environment.


Award-winning author and photographer David FitzSimmons has a unique approach to animal portraiture, and he loves sharing it with kids. Instead of seeking rare animals in exotic locations, David photographs common animals—many found in your own back yard—against plain, white backgrounds.  The resulting images are striking.


David’s unconventional approach allows animals’ colors, textures, shapes, and “personalities” to shine through. Kids focus on the animals. That’s when the learning begins. David explains, “White backgrounds eliminate distractions and help young readers notice clues about animals’ behaviors, diets, life cycles, and habitats.”


Besides the extraordinary photography, each of the twenty-one Curious Critters gets a chance to tell its story. Take, for example, the jabbery jay, who explains that he loves to imitate other birds:


Kee-eeeee-arr. Kee-eeeee-arr.

Ha! I scared you with my hawk call, didn’t I? You thought I was coming to get you. Actually, I’m just a jabbery jay, but I love to imitate hawks and other birds.

Then there’s the crabby crayfish, who keeps snapping his claws at readers:


Do you know why I’m waving my giant claws? I’m warning you: Don’t come any closer.

            Snap!     Snap!     Snap!

I catch my food with these claws. I also attack and defend myself with them.

            Snap!     Snap!     Snap!

Do you want to know something really cool? If any of my legs get hurt, including my giant claws, I can grow new ones. Pretty neat, huh? Now, enough chitchat. Back off!

            Snap!     Snap!     Snap!

Curious Critters is filled with other fascinating fauna, including a beautiful butterfly, a frenetic flying squirrel, a brilliant red beetle, a pink katydid, a poetic opossum, a singing salamander, and other amazing animals.


In writing Curious Critters, David imagined that each critter talked to him during its portrait session and that he just wrote down what was said.

Curious Critters is not only entertaining but also educational. Before David began composing the short vignettes accompanying each photo, he reviewed national science education standards. Curious Critters addresses all the National Research Council’s life science standards for grades K-4.




The picture book also features additional natural history information for each Critter and a two-page spread of life-size silhouettes—where readers are asked to identify Critters, find one whose shape has changed, test geometry skills in looking for reversed silhouettes, and figure out what the various colors represent. The book also includes a glossary.

The book’s web site, www.curious-critters.com, has additional resources, including puzzles, coloring pages, e-cards, teacher aids, and stories about the making of the book.


David hopes that Curious Critters will inspire children and adults to conserve nature. “To protect our natural world, we first have to care about it. I hope that my animal pictures allow readers to see common animals—from frogs and squirrels to caterpillars and katydids—in a whole new and meaningful way. I hope the photography captivates even the most reluctant readers.”


Curious Critters is the 2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards silver medalist among Non-Fiction – Picture Books.




Author: David FitzSimmons


Publisher: Wild Iris Publishing

ISBN: 978-193660769-3

Format: Hardcover, 11 x 9.5, 32 pp.

Publication Date: November 7, 2011

US Price: $19.95

Category: Children’s Books (Ages 4-8)



David FitzSimmons is an award-winning freelance photographer and writer as well as a university professor. He  photographs and writes for various magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, and Shutterbug, newspapers, and online publications, and his over-100 calendar credits include numerous titles by BrownTrout and Barnes & Noble.


A former high school English teacher, David has been in education for twenty years. He is a professor at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio. David holds a Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University, with a specialty in narrative theory—investigating the components of storytelling—something that influences his photography and writing.


One of five Sigma Pro photographers in North America, David presents seminars and workshops to a wide variety of audiences, from public school groups and college classes to nature centers and civic organizations. His works have been exhibited at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, the National Center for Nature Photography, and the Telluride Photo Festival, among other venues. David’s environmentally focused, multi-media performance, “350: Images of Fragile Earth,” travels widely. In 2011 David’s children’s book, Curious Critters, received a silver medal in the 2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards competition.


David was inspired to photograph and write about nature by his parents, Mick and Judy FitzSimmons, active environmentalists and life-long teachers, and he is assisted in his natural history endeavors by his wife, Olivia, a naturalist, and his two daughters, Sarah and Phoebe.


Visit David at: www.fitzsimmonsphotography.com

Saying Goodbye to a Devoted Companion

In Soul of a Dog, Izzy & Lenore, A Good Dog, and other acclaimed works, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz has written meaningfully about the cherished bond between humans and animals—especially our intense connection to our pets. Now, in this moving and thoughtful book, Katz addresses the difficult but necessary topic of saying goodbye to a devoted companion, and offers comfort, wisdom, and a way forward from sorrow to acceptance.

When Jon Katz first brought Orson home, he couldn’t predict how this boisterous border collie would change his life, most notably by inspiring him to buy Bedlam Farm. Yet for all of Katz’s years as a dog owner, Orson’s death shook him in a deeply profound way. “I was embarrassed by my grief,” he remembers. “What right did I have to fall to pieces over a border collie?”

Full of empathy, insight, and sage advice, Going Home is an invaluable guide and touchstone for anyone who has lost a pet. Jon Katz honors the animals that have graced our lives and reveals their truly timeless gifts: unwavering companionship and undying love.

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