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Good Boy Timmy

by (author) Eric Walters

illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes

Cormorant Books
Initial publish date
Nov 2024
Dogs, Values & Virtues, Pets
Recommended Age
3 to 5
Recommended Grade
k to 2
Recommended Reading age
3 to 5
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2024
    List Price

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Unlike some other dogs at the dog park, Timmy’s family never have to worry about him misbehaving. But Timmy is also the relative of wild wolves, the cousin of cunning coyotes, and the descendant of daring dingoes. In his dreams, Timmy wonders: What if he wants to chew up a sweater or sneak into the cereal cupboard? What if Timmy wants to be a Bad Boy instead?

Timmy leaps into life with Eugenie Fernandes’ playful and expressive illustrations and Eric Walters’ rhythmic and quirky storytelling. In exploring Timmy’s world — from rambunctious walks at the dog park to quiet days at home when his family is away — readers will relate to his dreams of acting out and making a mess, but come to understand, at the end of the day, that it’s good to be good.

About the authors

Eric Walters is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling novels for children and young adults. His novels have won numerous awards, including the Silver Birch, Blue Heron, Red Maple, Snow Willow, Ruth Schwartz, and Tiny Torgi, and have received honours from the Canadian Library Association Book Awards and UNESCO's international award for Literature in Service of Tolerance.

Eric lives in Mississauga with his wife, Anita, and three children, Christina, Nicholas, and Julia. When not writing or touring across the country speaking to school groups, Eric spends time playing or watching soccer and basketball, or playing the saxophone.

To find out more about Eric and his novels, or to arrange for him to speak at your school, visit his website at

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Née en 1943, près de New York, EUGÉNIE FERNANDES puise son admiration pour les animaux et la nature dans les souvenirs de son enfance. Son inspiration, elle la doit en grande partie à son père, illustrateur de bandes dessinées, avec qui elle passait de longues heures dans son studio. En 1965, elle obtient son diplôme de l'école des Arts Visuels de New York et commence alors sa carrière en tant qu'illustratrice. Eugenie a écrit ou illustré plus de 80 livres dont Grosse journée, petite souris! et Caféolait s'en va-t-en ville. Elle vit aujourd'hui dans le sud de l'Ontario et travaille depuis sa maison dans son studio surplombant un lac et la forêt environnante.



EUGENIE FERNANDES loved exploring the outdoors and making her own little books when she was young. As an adult she has combined these interests by creating books such as Ribbon Rescue, The Tree that Grew to the Moon, Waves in the Bathtub, One More Pet, and Grandpa Dan's Toboggan Ride.



Eugenie is part of a very artistic family. Her father was a comic book illustrator, her husband, Henry Fernandes, is a picture book illustrator who collaborated with her on the book Ordinary Amos and the Amazing Fish, and her two children are also artists. Eugenie lives near Peterborough, Ontario, where she works in a studio that is surrounded by water and woods.


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