The legacy of the Eastern Shore’s own internationally-known traveling terrier, Mr. Pish, continues to grow. TinyTap - an app developer all the way over in Israel – approached K.S. Brooks, after noticing the precious pooch’s knack for getting kids interested in learning about the world around them. The developer is now under contract to create educational games based on Mr. Pish’s popular books.
“This is an incredible opportunity for Mr. Pish’s message of outdoor learning and literacy to reach an entirely new audience,” Brooks said.
Mr. Pish Goes to the Farm, an Amazon.com bestseller, is the first book in the series to have a companion app released. With an Apple or Droid touch screen, kids can listen to farm animal sounds, answer fun questions, and interact with the story. Within one week of its release, the game had been played over 1100 times.
Mr. Pish also inspired Brooks to write Triple Dog Dare, a light romantic comedy currently with thirty 5-star reviews. Reviewers have called Triple Dog Dare “the funniest book of the year,” and a “wildly entertaining and charmingly off-beat romantic comedy.”
“Mr. Pish was such a big part of my life,” Brooks said. “He inspired me every day. He had a fantastically huge personality. Often I wondered what would happen if he decided he didn’t want to ‘do’ children’s books anymore – and the idea for Triple Dog Dare was born. I told my writing partner, Stephen Hise, about the story, and from there, thanks to his comedic genius, a madcap comedy was born. I think Mr. Pish would be proud.” The novel was released September 1, 2013.
To honor Mr. Pish, Brooks has also created two versions of a 2014 calendar featuring full-color photographs of the adorable pooch, with text promoting outdoor learning and literacy.
K.S. Brooks is an award-winning novelist and photographer, author of twenty-two titles, and co-administrator of Indies Unlimited. She was a long-time resident of Cambridge, living on Hambrooks Bay. Brooks’ feature articles, poetry, and photography have appeared in magazines, newspapers, books, and other publications both in the U.S. and abroad.