Book Trailer Premiere: Fenway and Hattie In the Wild by Victoria J. Coe

Hello, Victoria J. Coe! Welcome back to Watch. Connect. Read.! What are Fenway and Hattie up to in Fenway and Hattie in the Wild

Victoria J. Coe: Many thanks, Mr. Schu. I’m so excited to be back with you and share the trailer for the 4th Fenway and Hattie book! 

This time, Fenway and Hattie go camping with families from Hattie’s new school – it’s a back-to-school tradition. And because the other dogs and kids all know each other, both Fenway and Hattie are trying really hard to fit in, not to mention adjusting to sleeping in the woods. With wild animals!

No spoilers, but there might be a ransacked cooler. And a canoe incident. Oh, and a unicorn.

And though each Fenway and Hattie book is set soon after the previous one leaves off, each story stands on its own. So readers can easily start or pick up the series anywhere.

What’s the most fun part of working on the Fenway and Hattie series? 

Victoria J. Coe: Definitely it’s exploring a dog’s POV with kids at my school visits. I help them all “become” dogs, write about their visit to a new place, then their classmates put clues together to guess what the place is. 

It’s always a hit, whether the classes have read Fenway and Hattie or not. And the kids have no idea I’m teaching them POV, inference, and how to make their writing come alive! 

Please finish these sentence starters:

I hope Fenway and Hattie in the Wild romps into a lot of backpacks, and maybe gets read out loud around a campfire or two. With s’mores!

I hope all kids have fun reading this summer, and it’s impossible to not have fun with a character like Fenway.

The Fenway and Hattie padlet is jam-packed with all things Fenway and Hattie, and I do mean everything! Teachers and readers can access all four book trailers, downloadable posters and maps, videos where I read the first chapters, information about dogs, the Fenway and Hattie song, Origami and how-to-draw tutorials, a customizable hyperdoc, and a bunch of other resources, including games and activities like BreakoutEdu, WriteAbout, Buncee, Fenway bingo, art projects, and more. It’s phenomenal! 

Books in the Kitchen started out as a one-time project that my bff Elly Swartz and I did for fun. But it’s turned into a whole YouTube channel where we dish about our books while whipping up treats. And dancing. We do a lot of dancing!

And we have a brand-new episode coming later this week based on Fenway and Hattie in the Wild. Any guesses on what we’ll be baking?

Boston-area friends can watch us recreate the same episode – and join in the dancing and eating – LIVE at The Blue Bunny Bookstore on May 11th! (Your readers can find out more at

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me about One School, One Book! I’m sooooo excited that Read To Them has selected Fenway and Hattie as a “Sweet Spot Title” for its One School, One Book program where the whole K-5 school reads the same book at the same time.

I’m having a blast visiting schools and seeing how much trouble—I mean FUN—my rambunctious little dog is stirring up all over the country. (Complete information available at

Look for Fenway and Hattie in the Wild on May 7th, 2019 from GP Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers.


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