Author Lidia Ammirato Explains “Why Does The Dog Chase The Cat And The Cat Chase The Mouse?”

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New Picture Book Tells an Amusing Story of Three Furry Friends

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According to popular fiction, dogs, cats and mice are arch-enemies inexorably bound by fate to chase each other relentlessly through countless stories, allegories, comics and cartoon shows. Author Lidia Ammirato gives her own unique twist to the quarrel between these three furry creatures, while explaining how their state of affairs came to be, in Why Does The Dog Chase The Cat And The Cat Chase The Mouse?

The tale begins with two best friends, a dog named Dusk and a cat named Dawn, who work diligently under the employ of the humans and eke out a modest living. They spend their free time together, wandering around town, having a drink or two at the local café, and generally enjoying each other’s pleasant company while wistfully planning for their futures. They reminisce about their past, and think about their eventual retirement, when Dusk quietly confides to Dawn his wish to get a place they could call their own, where they could spend the rest of their days together.

Just then, they encounter Curly the mouse, who off-handedly mentions that he lives all by himself in a castle, and invites them to stay at his place. Intrigued, they imagine their futures dwelling in Curly’s splendid abode, and are thrilled by the notion. They take him up on his offer and the three live together, with Dusk and Dawn earning their keep and gradually building up a retirement fund to see them well through their golden years.

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end, and when Dusk and Dawn’s financial futures become jeopardized by an unexpected tragedy, the relationship they have with each other and with Curly will be tested. In this pivotal moment, readers will finally discover Why Does The Dog Chase The Cat And The Cat Chase The Mouse?

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About the Author
Lidia Ammirato was born and raised in Dipignano, Cosenza, a small village south of Italy. As a little girl, she had a passion for writing. Making people laugh is what she does best. In elementary school, she was thrilled to see the school library shelves filled with history books which attracted her. Ammirato was inspired by the likes of Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Verdi. She is a proud mother of two daughters and a “Nonna” of four grandchildren; she loves the small things in life and lives it to the fullest, with a passion to tell stories.

Why Does The Dog Chase The Cat And The Cat Chase The Mouse? * by Lidia Ammirato
Publication Date: September 28, 2012
Picture Book; $15.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4771-0651-8

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