The 'Pippin and Mabel' picture books, illustrated by Bernice Lum, were inspired by my dog Pippin, who did get skunked (what dog hasn't?) and once adopted a stray cat. He never did find a Mastodon, though. There's a page about the real Pippin here.

Cover of Pippin Takes a Bath

Pippin Takes a Bath

Splish! Splash! Splosh! Pippin tries to escape her bath, but what is this black and white creature sleeping in the sun? (Kids Can Press 1999.)

Cover of Pippin and the Bones

Pippin and the Bones

“Oh Pippin!” said Mabel. Pippin wants to find a place to bury her bone where it will be safe, even from Mabel (who doesn’t think much of having it buried under her tomatoes). Then she finds bones. Huge, brown bones. New Brunswick Lieutenant-Governor’s Early Childhood Literacy Award (now the Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Early Childhood Literacy Awards), 2000. (Kids Can Press 2000.)

Cover of Pippin and Pudding

Pippin and Pudding

Pippin brings home a kitten from the woods, but Mabel thinks two lively animals may be too many for one little house. (Kids Can Press 2001.)

Cover of Au Bain, Coquine

Au bain, Coquine!

French translation of Pippin Takes a Bath. (Les éditions Scholastic 1999.)

Cover of Coquine et son tresor

Coquine et son trésor

French translation of Pippin and the Bones. (Les éditions Scholastic 2000.)

Cover of Coquine et Pouding

Coquine et Pouding

French translation of Pippin and Pudding. (Les éditions Scholastic 2001.)