Captain Cur & Wonder Flea


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ISBN-13: 1000509

by Joel Cohen & Alec Sokolow
Edited by Ray Merritt
Illustration by Damian Ward

Hardcover
10.1 x 8.9 inches
64 pages

Kids / New York City / Tyke Division

ISBN: 978-1-57687-342-7
by Joel Cohen & Alec Sokolow Edited by Ray Merritt Illustration by Damian Ward Hardcover 10.1 x 8.9 inches 64 pages Kids / New York City / Tyke Division ISBN: 978-1-57687-342-7

Captain Cur & Wonder Flea is unique new direction in children’s illustrated literature. With charm, class, and a touch of erudition, it tells a story of values, priorities, and the meaning of tolerance in a manner understood by children, appreciated by adults, and enjoyed by both. It is a story of the unlikely alliance between a dog and his flea, which leads to mutual respect, the essential grounds of true friendship. The book’s lighthearted rhymes open with Dog, a homeless mutt with little self-confidence. Lovelorn and alone in his darkest hour, he is saved from destruction by Wonder Flea—who has, unbeknownst to Dog, been his friend all along. The unlikely pair adventure together throughout Brooklyn, meeting other animals and performing feats of derring-do along the way. By day’s end, Dog, who renames himself Captain Cur, will need to find self-respect enough to overcome the biggest obstacle of his dog’s life.

A portion of the proceeds from this book is being donated to The Cygnet Foundation, which will in turn direct the proceeds to welfare organizations including UNICEF and the Animal Rescue Fund.

Damian Ward lives a peaceful life in Dayton, Ohio, sitting in his rocking chair, watching the sunset and acting like he’s old enough to look good doing it. Somehow his wife graciously puts up with him. He is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design. He taught for several years at Colonel White High School for the Arts and continues to do workshops with city youth. The Adventures of Captain Cur & Wonderflea is Damian’s first book.

Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow have co-authored some of Hollywood’s most memorable family movies, including Money Talks, Cheaper by the Dozen, Garfield, and Garfield 2: A Tale of Two Kitties. Cohen and Sokolow were nominated for an Academy Award for writing Toy Story. They both live in Los Angeles with their families.

Ray Merritt has authored and edited five books on photography, including Full Of Grace (powerHouse, 2007) and A Thousand Hounds (Taschen, 2000). He has served as a trustee of the photography committees of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the International Center of Photography, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, where he is the Committee Chairman.

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