Phoebe and Fred
by Nathaniel S. Johnson
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Pub Date 22 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 13 Feb 2023
It has been an uneventful summer, but by mid-morning, the serene country village of Harmony would be plunged into chaos and controversy. The Watson family, preparing breakfast, were startled by angry protests from an old sportscar at the back of their house, starting, stalling, and starting again. The phone rang –
“Henry, were you out with the bassets in your car this morning?”
“They got away from me and went solo.”
“The whole town’s talking!”
In his book Phoebe and Fred, author Nathaniel S. Johnson ushers readers into the extraordinary realm of Basset Hounds and displays how these uncommonly intelligent and affectionate animals might coax unsuspecting humans into their domain.
A Note From the Publisher
During his tenure at WGBH, Nat Johnson collaborated with Alistair Cooke on various Public TV programs and recorded Cooke’s “Letter from America” for broadcast on the BBC. As an audio designer for WGBH Radio Drama, Mr. Johnson produced “Herakles” by Archibald MacLeish, an experimental radio drama in quadraphonic sound. Nathaniel Johnson was appointed Head of Reissues at RCA Records in New York, where he supervised remastering the 64-CD Grammy Award-winning Heifetz Collection. Later, Mr. Johnson was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best His-torical Album as Producer for a 94-CD set, The Rubenstein Collection for RCA Red Seal.
The author of several novels and a collection of short stories, Mr. Johnson’s works have appeared in AlienSkin, Boston Literary Magazine, Writers’ Stories, SNM Horror Maga-zine, Bewildering Stories’ First Quarterly Review 2010, The Foundling Review, Every Day Fiction, and Absent Willow Review.
"An entertaining and imaginative canine tale with some well-targeted social messaging." -Kirkus
"A zany, lighthearted drive through the town square with a pair of brilliant, lovable basset hounds" -Independent Book Review
"Phoebe and Fred is a humorous story about two amazing Basset Hounds and the family that falls in love with them. The writing was immaculate, the characters were on point, and it was a delight to picture life in the small town in my head just from the description." -Literary Titan
"A marvelously entertaining and heart-touching story that draws you into the wondrous world of clever and spunky basset hounds." -Feathered Quill
"A fun read for all ages" -Readers' Favorite
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it had what I was looking for from the description. It does a great job in telling the story that it needed to and worked well and I enjoyed reading this. The characters were what I was looking for and I loved the story that was told. Nathaniel S. Johnson does a great job with writing this and I'm excited to read more from him.
"Hey, hey Paula,” sang out Todd, mimicking Paul and Paula, once very popular singers. A few chuckles and groans around the café only encouraged the incorrigible Mr. Dunn. “Hey, hey Paula, no one else will ever do,” continued Todd, ceremoniously doffing his chef’s hat. Todd resembled a clown with his spiky red hair, upturned mouth, and a missing tooth."
A very fun read about two bonded basset hound rescues who cause havoc to locals, bring love to a family & locals, and have a bit of fun. This short story brought a smile to my face and a tear to my eye as it entertained. Great read for dog lovers and maybe even dog “change the minds of not” lovers.
Not just for dog lovers, this is a fun and light hearted story about acceptance and people coming together. I loved the characters and wished there was more to read about the two dogs, especially.
Chaos and controversy ensues in a quaint seaside village when a sporty Jaguar is taken for a joyride. The perpetrators are seen roaring through town with the top down and racing goggles on….ears flapping in the wind. Phoebe and Fred are two very smart, not always obedient basset hounds. Local inventor and basset “owner” Henry has fitted the sports car to be driven with 4 short, pudgy dog legs and he has indeed taught Fred how to drive.
The community is confused by driving bassets who can also talk and do math. Some smile with amazement while others want “something done” about those bassets.
This is a fun tale loaded with whimsy and charm. The village has its share of quirky characters. Fred, Phoebe and their family are devoted to one another. Yes, this is a pleasant little fantasy for dog lovers. #netgalley #PhoebeAndFred
The story of two unique basset hounds as they find their new home with the Watson family. In a quaint little village the Watson family dogs are infamous, taking the convertible for joyrides and being taught to speak. Nathaniel Johnson keeps the book short and sweet with the light hearted purpose of how dogs can complete a family and bring people together. Phoebe and Fred is a joyously cozy read that is full of quirky characters that extend beyond these two adorable basset hounds but to the inhabitants of the town itself. Moving and heartwarming story of love in a family.
Thank you to NetGalley and Atmosphere Press for sharing this digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.