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Happy Book Birthday To I’M NOT MISSING by Kashelle Gourley And Skylar Hogan!

Today we celebrate the release of, I’M NOT MISSING, a hilarious sophomore picture book by beloved collaborators Kashelle Gourley and Skylar Hogan! Published by Little Bee Books, I’M NOT MISSING has gotten great buzz.



The dog days are over when one pup breaks free from his home to become an independent, Lone Wolf!

Humans don’t realize the stresses of pet life.
Working hard to meet every command.
Trying to be a good boy, the best boy.
It’s exhausting . . . humiliating, even!

Sick of the pressures of pet life–the costumes, the treat-withholding, and the dreaded cone of shame–one dog escapes to fulfill his true Lone Wolf destiny. But then he sees his owner–um, ex-owner–with a new dog and feels unexpectedly jealous. All he wanted was a little space to poop in peace, not for his ex-owner to forget him entirely! Is it too late to go back, or is he stuck in the doghouse forever?

Find out in this hilarious picture book by the author/illustrator team that brought you Poe and Lars!



“The tone and elevated vocabulary, as well as the art, may speak to older, even adult readers, but younger ones will certainly be reminded of their own gleeful temporary breaks for freedom as toddlers.”Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

“Gourley balances playful humor with touching moments, packing this tiny story with big emotions. . . . Big laughs, however, will be most frequent with Hogan’s bright and cheery art depicting the grumpy narrator in several silly costumes, doing his business and trying to scratch himself while wearing the cone of shame. Adult-directed jokes (a blur censoring the dog’s body when he removes his collar) and puns (“I loved my dog bod”) make this a read-aloud story fun for all.”Shelf Awareness

“Simpatico collaborators Gourley and Hogan (Poe and Lars) match deadpan, world-weary narration with images of finely tuned comic misery and disdain in this volume–particularly a series of illustrations depicting the many costumes the dog has had to endure.”Publishers Weekly

It’s also already been signed up in several other countries: Korea, Belgium, The Netherlands, French Canada, Serbia, and Germany!



Kashelle Gourley distinctly remembers discovering the magic of books as a little girl in a Northern California library. It opened up another level of imagination, joy, and wonder that she hopes to share with others through her own writing. After moving from coast to coast and overseas to Paris, you can now find her adventuring with her husband and children in the great Midwest.

Skylar Hogan is an illustrator and storyteller who also works on animation projects and card illustration, including a popular holiday card for Papyrus/Target. He lives in Nebraska. Find out more about him at skylarhogan.com.


Congratulations on this hilarious picture book and amazing buzz, Kashelle and Skylar! Get your copy from these retailers or your local indie: Simon & Schuster, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop.org, IndieBound.


You can find Kashelle Gourley on Instagram.


Find Skylar Hogan at his website or Instagram!