Media Release: Tails Wagging Over New Children’s Book

Media Release June 2019

Writer, Lois Nicholls, and illustrator Lara Nicholls have published their first children’s book, What Dog Is That? (ISBN 9780980486865). The book features nine watercolour illustrations of beloved dogs, paired with nine rhyming stories describing their unique personalities. 

“We wanted the book to appeal to parents as well as children and the fun, amusing rhymes are bound to have readers laughing out loud. From Burt the Bulldog to Bonnie the Beagle, the rhymes also highlight amusing characteristics in the nine breeds we’ve selected,” says Lois.

For the artwork, Lara worked in watercolour and pencil to produce unique illustrations. She drew inspiration from real-life dogs she encounters on her daily runs in her neighbourhood as well as beloved pets from her childhood:

“I was inspired by family dogs, past and present. The first dog in the book, Tarna the Golden Retriever, was my family pet for thirteen years, so to immortalise her was quite special.”

The illustrator added a “little surprise” on every page:

“We included a small watercolour bee on every page of the book for the little, or big ones, to find. It adds another layer of intrigue—especially for those who are still developing their reading skills.” 

Lois Nicholls is a writer, dog lover, wife, and mother of three grown children. Born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, she migrated to Brisbane, Australia in 1997 with her husband and firstborn son. She is a former newspaper and magazine journalist.

Lara Nicholls is a graduate in Communications & Arts from the University of Queensland. She is also a passionate painter, dressmaker, and scribbler.

You can purchase the book for $24.76 (incl. GST and postage worldwide) via

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Off the Cuff interview with writer, Lois Nicholls

Off the Cuff interview with illustrator, Lara Nicholls

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Bee Kind Press.


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PO Box 600 Kenmore 4069

Queensland, Australia

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