Pippin, No Lickin’ addresses the consequences of personal actions with young readers. This colorful and endearing story establishes with children that parental wisdom is for their own health and safety and helps them develop an understanding of selfishness. Pippin’s adventures even teach colors to very young readers along the way! Parents and children alike will enjoy this introduction to an immediately classic and memorable character in Pippin the cat.
Review: I’m a cat fan myself and I love Black cats. Being a daughter of a nanny and also a lover of both cats and kids, I had to read this when I was asked. This story has great morale about Pippin who refuse to clean himself regardless of how many things are stuck to him. Even though he gets tons of advice from friends and family, he soon learns why he needs to be clean. From the illustrations and the adorable storyline, kids are sure to love Pippin No Lickin’!
LAYNE IHDE is a self-described “crazy cat guy” that lives in Nashville, TN with his wife and two kitties, a white tabby named Lizzie (for “Elizabeth Bennett Princess Kitty Ihde”), and brand new kitten Pip (short for “Pippin” and also “Pip The Squeak”). He writes all different kinds of stories: children’s books, songs, short stories, poems and is even working on a novel. He is a member of a kids’ rock band called The Happy Racers, you can find out more about them at www.thehappyracers.com. As the site evolves, he may add pages for other stories and poems and possibly even some of the music he has created.
Layne once had a cat named Pippin. When he called, Pippin would come just like a dog. He could run really fast. He loved to play in the snow. He had a fun personality and Layne loved him very much. Layne knew that someday he would write all about Pippin’s adventures. That day is here.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I live in Nashville, TN and am a professional musician. I have been performing and writing songs for more than twenty years.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
Writing is writing for me. I not only write songs, but also short stories, poems and I’m even attempting a novel. I have always loved the children’s book format and knew I would write one when the right subject came along.
How do you create your characters?
Ideas come from all directions. This particular one came from a cat I used to live with whom I loved and who got into all sorts of trouble. I thought, “What if I made him a seven-year-old anthropomorphized child who gets into all the trouble a regular kid does?”
What inspires and what got your started in writing?
I’ve loved stories forever. I love how they unlock one’s imagination and dreams to be limitless. I started writing short stories for fun and shared them with friends. People started saying, “These are really good!” When I went back with fresh eyes and re-read them, I realized, yes, yes they are!”
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I can write anywhere but my favorite spot is my kitchen table with some good coffee and a west coast cool jazz playlist playing.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
Life. Good ideas are everywhere. It just needs to be something that captures my attention enough to start really thinking about it.
What do you like to read?
I am a huge sci-fi and fantasy guy and I still love reading children’s books as well. Ray Bradbury, Jack McDevitt, Joe Haldeman, J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin and Dr. Suess are at the top. I also read books on physics and cosmology because I love to think about the universe and space.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
Make time to write regularly. Let people you trust read your work and give honest feedback. Have a thick skin. Read others’ writings similar to yours. Stay true to your voice.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Don’t get frustrated. I have a unique perspective from both music and writing that has shown me how very hard it is to succeed in any of the arts. A lot of it is luck, timing, and opportunity. Not succeeding right away doesn’t mean you’re not talented and it’s not worth it. If it is your passion, do it, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.