Pepperoni Cookies

Fearful Fergus Learns To Try

Children - Picture Book
34 Pages
Reviewed on 03/31/2024
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Author Biography

Authors Note
This story is based on the true life events of Fergus, a real-life 250-pound English Mastiff.
His full American Kennel Club (AKC) title is:
Grand Champion HarvestHaze Fergus of The Sand Dunes.
He is a top-ranked AKC Conformation show dog in the United States.
About the Author
Sarah Chaires is a Medical Provider and founder of a non-profit that provides educational opportunities for foster care children. She and her husband are proud parents of three wonderful sons. Sarah is a Breast Cancer survivor. She and her family believe that the combination of self-confidence, love, and determination creates the ultimate superpower that catapults one to success, and it starts with “YOU CAN DO IT!”
About the Illustrator
Elizabeth worked in advertising and toy design after graduating in
graphic design from Parsons in NYC. But she always secretly wanted
to be a children's book illustrator, as she loves to express herself in fun and whimsical ways. After having two daughters, she and her family moved to North Carolina, adopted two dogs, and shortly after began a pet portrait business. When her friend, Sarah, told her about her idea for a children's book series that dealt with the common emotional struggles young children endure, but seeing it through the eyes of a dog, Elizabeth was enthusiastic. She knew from watching her own kids the many ways in which children can relate and learn from their pets. Elizabeth hopes these books not only bring comfort and understanding, but also laughter and fun.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Luwi Nyakansaila for Readers' Favorite

Pepperoni Cookies: Fearful Fergus Learns To Try is a children’s picture book written by Sarah Chaires with illustrations by Elizabeth Tortora. The story follows an eight-week-old puppy named Fergus, who is experiencing his first storm. He feels scared and tries to hide in his crate. However, what he really wants is to snuggle with his mother, who is upstairs. Unfortunately, Fergus is afraid of trying new things like climbing up the stairs. As he ponders what to do next, he catches the scent of something delicious - Pepperoni Cookies, placed in a pile on the stairs. The temptation to eat the cookies is strong, but the fear of falling down the stairs is also daunting. Will Fergus gather the courage to climb the stairs and enjoy the treats at the top?

Pepperoni Cookies is a delightful tale that teaches children to overcome their fears and try new things. The cute illustrations will capture the imaginations of young readers while imparting valuable lessons about courage and perseverance. Sarah Chaires uses real-life events as inspiration, which adds depth to the story and makes it more impactful. The relatable main character, Fergus, will endear himself to children as they follow his journey to conquer his fears and reach his goals. The book also includes instructions on how to prepare Pepperoni Cookies, giving young readers a fun activity to enjoy with their friends and family. The illustrations effectively depict the transformation from dark to brighter tones, matching the mood of the story and enhancing the overall message of facing fears and embracing new experiences through color. Overall, Pepperoni Cookies is a heartwarming and uplifting book that will inspire children to face their own challenges with bravery and determination.

Christy Lawless

Great story! So fun and entertaining. Beautiful artwork.