Author G. P Kemp Remembers and Shares the Tale of One Heroic Mascot

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New book ‘Philly, the Heroine Pup Who Loved Doughboys’ chronicles a small dog’s simple story of courage and devotion amidst the monstrous scenes of war.

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A creative and touching recreation of the battle conditions and situations a long time ago, honoring our troops and the heroic dog.

Oftentimes, little good comes from war for the average soldier other than the proof of character and courage under the threat of being maimed or killed by the enemy. How much more that of a dog’s story of valiantness? More or less, a small dog’s simple story of courage and devotion is dwarfed; and so author G.P Kemp becomes one of the chosen few who remember. In his book Philly, the Heroine Pup Who Loved Doughboys, Kemp presents a unique storytelling of a dog’s courage and loyalty during World War I.

The story of World War I and the legend of Philly are selective rather than comprehensive. The work has its strengths and weaknesses since it is painted on a broad canvass. To humanize the war, Kemp present it as a diary—reminiscence from one soldier’s point of view, trying to strike a balance between the specific and the general. Kemp wants to portray factual historical accounts, but one with emotion and imagination at work. The fact, fantasy, chronology, and locations are sometimes compressed—nonlinear or subordinated—to recreate the illusion of reality and intensify the appeal of Philly as a heroic mascot.

Devotion and bonding under extreme instances during the French warfare, plus the courage of the dog and the strength of the Philadelphia had inspired Kemp to write and publish this book. With his studies and his desire to honor heroes, man and beast alike, Kemp has written not only a piece of tribute but a piece that awakens the patriotism and to make people realize the value of the deeds done both by man and Philly the dog in order to enjoy the peace that they are enjoying now. “Philly, the Heroine Pup Who Loved Doughboys” is a creative and touching recreation of the battle conditions and situations a long time ago, honoring our troops and the heroic dog.

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G. P. Kemp grew up in Ohio appreciating both urban and rural living. His parents were poor but hard working folks. He had few friends, and most that were, didn't understand his obsession with books and the pursuit of knowledge. Content with their own simplistic thinking they would say to him," You think too much, man." He, nevertheless, was both ambitious and focused in wanting an academic career. On his own after leaving high school, he worked in factories and other jobs to survive. He lived on less than one meal a day through undergraduate and graduate school. Always trying to improve his body, mind, and spirit, he eventually became a teacher. He evolved into an accomplished college professor and administrator. During those years, editors sought his art, film criticism, poetry, and essays for their journals. In his later years he has developed a strong interest in the esoteric, metaphysical, as well as Christian myth and legends. On every other level, he believes he is an ordinary guy enjoying the Creator's gift of life.

Philly, the Heroine Pup Who Loved Doughboys * by G. P. Kemp
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 62 pages; 978-1-4931-1939-4
Trade Hardback; $24.99; 62 pages; 978-1-4931-1940-0
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