Ronald McDonald House Houston Announces the Release of Children’s Book Featuring House Labradoodle

Ronald McDonald House Houston is delighted to announce the release of Mogie: The Heart of the House, a picture book for children ages 4-8 by award-winning author Kathi Appelt and illustrator Marc Rosenthal.  Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Mogie tells the story of an extraordinary labradoodle who lives at Ronald McDonald House Houston and has comforted thousands of seriously ill children and their families from all over the world.

“Since the real Mogie came to live at Ronald McDonald House Houston over five years ago, he has had a tremendously positive impact on the children and families that stay here.  He really makes this house a home,” said Leslie Bourne, Ronald McDonald House Houston Executive Director.  “Kathi Appelt and Marc Rosenthal captured Mogie’s heart and soul as they brought his story to the page.”

To paint a genuine picture of Mogie and his personality at the House, Appelt and Rosenthal spent time with him to learn about his habits and how he interacts with the children. They both immediately noticed the impact Mogie had on the children as well as his incredible sense of awareness.

“To watch Mogie is to watch a dog with a sixth sense,” said Kathi Appelt. “He intuitively knows when he needs to curl up and rest his head in a child’s lap, or when to be a clown with a kid who needs a belly laugh.  He’s one truly remarkable pup.”

“It’s amazing how that one dog’s spirit and personality can fill that big house and make it feel like a home,” said Marc Rosenthal.

Mogie: The Heart of the House will be on sale beginning June 10 at all major book retailers throughout the country, and Ronald McDonald House Houston will receive a share of the proceeds from sales of the book. Author Kathi Appelt and the real Mogie will be at the Blue Willow Book Shop in Houston on Saturday, June 14 at 1pm to read this special story and sign books.

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