Introducing Garth’s picture book debut about the lovable dog Enzo from The Art of Racing in the Rain. Enzo Races in the Rain! is a heartwarming tale of coming home.
Enzo the puppy’s action-packed adventure begins when he makes the journey from the farm to the city (bark twice for faster!), discovers just how big the world is, and finds the family that was meant to be his.
Life on the farm is pretty quiet—except when he races the cars that come down the barn road. Because Enzo is fast. He knows he’s different from other dogs. But people never understand Enzo when he barks, and it drives him crazy! Then one day Enzo meets a little girl named Zoë and her father, Denny, and everything changes. R. W. Alley’s fantastic illustrations bring the beloved Enzo to life as he learns to adapt to life in his new home and discovers just what it means to become a family.
For a sneak preview, check out this web sampler from the publisher, Harper Collins.
Also check out:
Enzo helps Denny and Zoë find the perfect Christmas tree in this heartwarming holiday tale. The family heads off to the tree farm, filled with noble firs, cider, and Newfoundlands—the biggest dogs Enzo has ever seen—who help haul the Christmas trees away on sleds. But as Zoë and Enzo search for the ultimate tree, the snow begins to fall and Zoë loses her way. When Enzo comes to her rescue (with a few of his perfect puppy howls), he proves that family is never far behind. R. W. Alley’s fantastic illustrations bring the beloved Enzo to life with lots of Christmas cheer.
For Enzo, the Fourth of July means three things: fireworks, family, and car races! This year Zoë is finally old enough to compete in the Kids’ Kart Challenge. But when one of the boys at the track says that girls aren’t fast drivers, Zoë gets nervous and backs out of the race. Enzo knows it’s up to him to help his family regain the confidence to compete on the big day.
When Halloween comes around, Enzo doesn’t know what to expect. Jack-o’-lanterns light up the streets, giant spiders weave webs on porches, and ordinary lawns become creepy graveyards, while every child and dog transforms into a creature of some kind—including Enzo! Enzo the dragon is determined to protect fairy princess Zoë from the monsters and goblins in their neighborhood, but when things get a little too scary, Enzo’s family is there to reassure him that everything is make-believe and only meant to be fun—just like the wonderful trick-or-treat parade that ends this spook-tastic night!
Buy the Book
I am a big fan of reading, first and foremost, so I encourage you to get your books any way you can and in any format you prefer: e-readers, hardcover, paperback, audio; your local independent bookseller, a global e-tailer, a library, borrow from a friend, read over someone’s shoulder on the bus. All are good.
That being said, I encourage you to support your local businesses. Sometimes we forget that the stores in our home towns weave together a fabric that enriches our communities; if storefronts on our Main Streets go dark, our towns will lose their vitality, and we will suffer as a society. So if you can pre-order my book from your local bookstore, you will be helping your community as a whole, and you’ll rack up double-bonus karma points which can be redeemed as soon as your next lifetime!
If you don’t have a local bookstore in your community, I would love it if you used the Indiebound website to find a local bookseller nearby that can assist you.
Or, of course, any of these wonderful retailers are fine choices as well: