Oh wait, you guys are human. Sorry about that. I'm Dash. Mom's says I'm a Heinz 57. That means I'm a mixed breed dog. I'm also the star of May the Best Dog Win. Some lady named Kelly Hashway followed me around and wrote a book about me. I don't know why she just didn't help me out when Sweeper showed up. I guess she thought the story wouldn't be as good if I didn't fight off the Sweeper myself.
Oh well. I'm here to talk to you all about characters in picture books. (My author says picture books are the ones with the pictures. I guess that makes sense. You humans sometimes call things by strange names, but not this time.) So, I'm the main character--at least that's what my author said. Really I'm the good guy. But see I have this problem. The Sweeper showed up one day and now suddenly I'm not Mom's favorite anymore. Sweeper keeps stealing my time with Mom and he steals my leftover food scraps! Do you believe that? So I had to stick up for myself. My author says the main character has to find a way around his problem. I guess she means when I fought Sweeper in the toughest game of tug-of-war ever! It didn't end well. I don't like to talk about what happened. You'll have to read my book to find out for yourself. But let me warn you, it may make your eyes tear. I know mine did.
Okay, so enough about me. Let's talk about Sweeper. He's the bad guy. What did my author call him? The ant... no that's not right. Hang on, let me ask her. She speaks dog. Oh, the antagonist. What a funny word. You humans! Sweeper's nothing like an ant. He's huge! Anyway, Sweeper's the bad guy who comes in and tries to steal my Mom away from me. And he gets to do things that I'm not allowed to do. So he and I have to face off. My author says that's what happens in books. The good guy (me) and the bad guy (Sweeper) have some sort of fight to see who wins. Hmm, is that why she named the book May the Best Dog Win? Wait that means--oh, I'm not allowed to tell you how the book ends.
I hope you learned something. I heard it's hard to teach a human new tricks.
Be sure to stop by and say hello to DASH and KELLY HASHWAY at Freado and take a peek inside this great picture book. Amazon has it in stock now, so you're just a click away from making a wonderful purchase for your PB library. Dash and Kelly would love it if you followed them on Twitter @kellyhashway and stopped in to say hello or "Ruff" at their Website.