Doggo and Pupper

Hello, Katherine Applegate! I am grateful for the time we spent together on Book Joy Live with Dr. Alice Lee. That was such a JOYFUL and FUN experience. I wish we could have chatted about Doggo and Pupper during the episode, but I'm grateful you’re here today to celebrate it with illustrator Charlie Adler and me.

Katherine Applegate: I can’t think of a better place for Charlie and me to introduce Doggo and Pupper to the world! It’s such a happy book.

Yes, it is so happy and joyful! 


Designer Credit: Liz Dresner

Hello, Charlie Alder! It is lovely to e-meet you. Please tell us about the ADORABLE scene you illustrated for Doggo and Pupper’s cover.


Charlie Alder: Hello! Lovely to e-meet you too, John! For the cover I really wanted to convey the friendship between Doggo and Pupper, whilst also showing the age difference. I illustrated Doggo laying down, as he’s an old chap, looking a little tired but happy to see his young friend. Pupper is resting on Doggo, as if asking him a question, looking at him with an eager and excited expression!




Katherine, please finish the following sentence starters:

Charlie Alder’s illustrations
absolutely blew me away. Somehow she can take a mere handful of words and spin them into an illustration that speaks volumes. The expressions on the characters’ faces are priceless: winsome, yearning, sneaky, silly--but mostly, just plain hilarious.


Doggo is an old dog who’s about to learn some very new tricks, thanks to the recent addition of an exuberant puppy. For a guy who likes things just so, he has to learn that youngsters don’t always follow the rules . . . and sometimes that’s a wonderful thing.

This is the first of three books about Doggo and Pupper (and their friend, sardonic, eye-rolling Cat.) I’d love to think they’ll provide lots of cozy story times for parents and kids. And plenty of laughs.

I hope Doggo and Pupper
is one of those joyful little books that families can share together. It’s great for beginning readers. But it’s equally fun for a parent or teacher read-aloud. And no matter your age, you’ll adore the illustrations.




Charlie, please finish the following sentence starters:

Katherine Applegate’s manuscript for Doggo and Pupper was an absolute joy to illustrate! I really connected with the story, and the characters came to life in my mind before I even started sketching the roughs. It’s a wonderful feeling as an illustrator when the manuscript inspires your work. Every magical scenario that Katherine created left me laughing out loud, or shedding a little tear, as there are also some very touching moments throughout the book. It really didn’t feel like work at all to be documenting these two pals and their friendship journey.

Pupper is ADORABLE! I want him to be my Pupper! Like any youngster he’s got so much energy and enthusiasm. He runs at every situation head-on at 100 miles per hour, sometimes to his detriment! But at the same time he’s eager to please and just wants the approval of his new best friend. Eventually with the help and experience of Doggo and Cat he finds his place in the group and the balance he needs.


Dogs are THE BEST! (I’m a dog lover, can you tell?!).



Look for Doggo and Pupper on April 6, 2021. 

An old dog has to welcome a new puppy to the household, in this chapter book by #1 New York Times-bestselling author Katherine Applegate.

Doggo is used to things being a certain way in his family. He likes routine. Cat says he’s become boring. That is, until Pupper shows up!

Pupper is playful and messy, and turns the house upside down. Soon, the humans realize that Pupper needs some training, and off he goes to puppy school.

When Pupper comes back, he’s well-behaved. He’s not playful. He’s not messy. But Doggo soon realizes that Pupper also isn’t happy. So Doggo steps in to help, and rediscovers what it means to have fun.

Doggo and Pupper launches a delightful new series by beloved author Katherine Applegate.

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