Comfy, Cozy tells the story of Lily, a little girl who adopts Rosco, a puppy from a pet shelter. When it’s time for bed, the puppy struggles to adjust. Scared and alone, he tosses and turns and flops about, missing the warmth and security of his brothers and sisters. Follow along as Rosco utilizes a little puppy ingenuity as he figures out how to get comfy, how to make his bed cozy.
A charming story beautifully brought to life with colorful illustrations, Comfy, Cozy is available by request from your favorite library or bookstore. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops.
Story by Kelly Lenihan | Illustrations by Marcia Lewis | Published by Artisan Bookworks
Rosco, Lily’s new puppy, is finding it difficult to get comfy and cozy in his little dog bed. Filled with heart and humor, this story is sure to become a favorite with young kids who often have trouble getting comfy, cozy and settling in for the night. Based on real events in the author’s home, Comfy, Cozy: A Bedtime Story, has a rich back matter section at the end of the book that offers tips and techniques to help families with a new pet. There is also a healthful recipe for dog treats and links to coloring pages and kid-friendly activities on the author’s website.
—Vivian Kirkfield, children’s picture book author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
From childhood through her college years, Kelly Lenihan was forever making up stories, often writing them down. After completing a general arts degree from the University of Washington, Kelly went on to enjoy a diverse range of creative endeavors, from fashion design and hand-painted pottery to web design and teaching global arts. Never losing her penchant for writing; she’s been published in various magazines and enjoyed her own newspaper column for several years. To this day, she is an avid blogger and has more children’s picture books in the works.
Comfy, Cozy was inspired in part by the routine my son would go through each night arranging and rearranging his stuffed animals until they were ‘just so’ around him in his bed. The routine was not to be rushed. Once he was comfy, and his bed was cozy, he would quickly fall asleep. When my son was a bit older, we adopted Rosco, a miniature Australian Shepherd, the inspiration for the puppy in this story.
Author’s note: There are many great reasons to introduce a children to the joy of owning a dog: dogs help children’s self-esteem, help them learn responsibility and help them learn empathy. However, children and dogs don’t automatically start with a wonderful relationship. In fact, it can be downright challenging figuring out what a puppy needs. If your family is planning on bringing a new puppy home, Comfy, Cozy includes two helpful sections in the back of the book: child-friendly tips for introducing a puppy to its new home plus a recipe for homemade dog treats.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Marcia developed the ability to see color in black and white at the age of ten. She began drawing with a set of graphite pencils her grandfather, a professional artist, had given her. You might even see one of his murals around Seattle, Washington. Marcia’s love of art began with doodling and her inspiration to draw with color came from The Norman Rockwell Collection. Today, when she paints children, you might reconize the face of her daughter, Hannah, her muse. Marcia’s first endeavor illustrating in watercolor is in this book, Comfy, Cozy. Presently, Marcia prefers using a palette of colors in her paintings, watching watercolor illuminate Light across her canvas’. It is her desire you are inspired to begin drawing and painting what you see. Marcia resides in a rural town nestled between the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.