Actor and New York Times bestselling author Alan Cumming and artist Grant Shaffer imagine what their dogs do when they’re not around—and it’s no surprise that the dogs aspire to lead lives as action-packed and glamorous as their dads’!
Honey and Leon are rescue mutts who love their dads very much. But their dads often have to go away on glamorous and important business, which worries the dogs. Honey and Leon are done staying home and fretting—they’re off on a dad-protecting adventure! Careful to remain incognito, the two pups shadow their dads on a trip across the sea, keeping them out of danger at every turn! How did they survive without Honey and Leon’s protection for this long?!
Alan Cumming and Grant Shaffer wrote this story as a tribute to their own dogs, based on their frequent conversations about what Honey and Leon get up to while they’re away.
Honey is a big "rescue mutt" with the airs of a diva, and Leon is a supportive Chihuahua. They live with two human "dads" in New York City, and life is good; the characters are based on actor/author Cumming and artist Shaffer and their own pets, now deceased. When the always-on-the-road husbands take yet another trip, the dogs decide that they're not going to be left behind again; Honey and Leon believe their dads need to be protected, because, "That's what dogs do! That's what dogs are for!" Employing a combination of clever disguises and intensive shadowing, the dogs tail their owners to their seaside destination (one assumes it's Cannes), preventing a couple mishaps and even grabbing a moment in the spotlight although readers learn that the dads have been on to them the whole time. It's a fun premise, breezily told, and Shaffer's fluid, pastel-hued watercolors exude a cheery lan, whether the dogs are expertly hailing a cab or wearing sunglasses while doing surveillance on their owners at the movies. Ages 3 7.)