Laura Peterson Reviews The Strange New Dog on StoryWarren


I’m not sure there’s a better compliment for an author than to receive a good review from a Real Live Librarian. You can read Laura’s at:

“In the great tradition of stories like Bunnicula and the movie Homeward BoundThe Strange New Dog features a lovable collection of dogs, cat, and parrot, and is told from their perspective, rather than that of their human owners.”

Laura Peterson

Melissa Kline Reviews A Year in the Big Old Garden on StoryWarren


“In ​A Year in the Big Old Garden​ , Witmer gently pulls back the curtain on the mundane, and shows us miracles! He invites readers to open their eyes and delight in the community of creation happening all around and suddenly I find myself looking at the cardinals at the feeder in a completely new way!”

Melissa Kline

I love this review, which also ran on StoryWarren – you can read it here:

Story Warren Review: Josh Bishop on A Year in the Big Old Garden


My love of stories with characters who are animals probably started with Beatrix Potter and Winnie-the-Pooh when I was too young to remember. As I got older I found Brian Jacques’s Redwall series and Watership Down and The Book of the Dun Cow and S.D. Smith’s Green Ember series and others.

Towering above all these books, though, is the Old Mother West Wind series by Thorton W. Burgess. I suppose my ceaseless reading about anthropomorphic animals has been a quest to regain the childhood wonder and delight of traipsing through the Green Forest with Bobby Raccoon, Peter Rabbit, Chatterer the Red Squirrel, and the rest of Burgess’s characters. But I’ve never found quite the same magic — until I read A Year in the Big Old Garden by James D. Witmer.

Read the rest of Josh’s kind review at