Mrs. Jones is a real dog and Kristi, the author, belongs to her. She is a Puli, a Hungarian herding dog, also used as a guard dog because they are very protective. Female Pulis weigh 20-30 pounds and Mrs. Jones is on the small side. Mrs. Jones is all black. Pulis also come in all white and, rarely, a pale-yellow color called “Champaign”. Mrs. Jones had one puppy and it was Champaign. Every animal character in this book has been an actual friend of the real Mrs. Jones.
Kristi Soli, author, has been aviator, inventor, entrepreneur and artist. She really does have several pretty hats. She got her Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Science at the University of North Dakota and flew airplanes for many years before inventing products. This book is her latest and was inspired by the antics of Mrs. Jones. Kristi’s art is abstract oil paintings, which would not have worked for this book. She lives in Minneapolis with Mrs. Jones and they love walking around the nearby lake.
Sharon Wagner, illustrator, grew up on a farm nestled amidst the drift-less hills of Wisconsin, where she found that she loves drawing and painting. She followed her dream, getting a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin, Stout and moved to Minneapolis, which has a great art community. Sharon has illustrated several books and produced award winning artwork. She is writing a dark, supernatural thriller, Chorus of the Crows and loves the jungles of Central America. Her website is www.sharonwagnerillustration.blogspot.com
About the Puli: In Hungary, they say “It’s not a dog, it’s a Puli”. They are naturally very protective, affectionate and so smart that they train humans rather than the other way around. They also play tricks on humans and each other and are as playful as puppies their whole lives. As with any pet, owning a Puli is a big commitment.
The dog illustrated in this book does not really look like a Puli because the solid color and fluffy fur would make it impossible to show facial expressions. Live Pulis (called Pulik in Hungary) display expression well, but it does not show in pictures or drawings. A photo of the real Mrs. Jones is below.
Mrs. Jones is the name of a special dog with lots of special animal friends. She loves to play with them and would love to get her friends together, but they are so different in size and the way they play, some rough, some gentle.
One day, Mrs. Jones thinks of a way to get her friends together – a formal tea party! It would be a pleasant visit with no chasing or rolling in the dirt, but can they all mind their manners?