A Dog's Guide to Being Human

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Written by Shanna Silva and illustrated by Agnès Ernoult

A hilarious and heartwarming picture book sharing a dog’s hard-earned wisdom about living a happy life.

My humans have brought home a tiny baby. It is up to me to teach her how to fit in!

Smudge has a new family member: a baby girl. And he has a LOT to teach her about fitting in with the humans. Like don’t drink from the toilet (the humans don’t like it). But DO share your snacks (especially with Smudge). And make as many friends as you can—yes, even the occasional cat. There’s so much to go through, but as Smudge knows, it’s every good dog’s job to welcome home their family.

From author Shanna Silva and illustrator Agnès Ernoult comes a hilarious and heartwarming picture book sharing a dog’s hard-earned wisdom about living a happy life. Hand this book to all animal lovers and growing families!

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  • Format: Jacketed Hardcover
  • Pages: 32
  • Size: 8.1 X 10.2
  • Price: $16.99
  • Age Range: 4-8 years
  • Publication Date: August 23, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781953458445


A funny, entertaining, original, and endearing picture book that shares a dog’s hard-earned wisdom about living a happy life. –Midwest Book Review

What to Expect:

  • PLENTY OF HUMOR AND HEART: From Smudge’s silly antics (stealing food) to jubilant expression in car rides, there’s something on every page to deliver plenty of laughs to young readers and keep them begging for more.
  • DOG LOVERS WILL REJOICE: Anyone who has ever had a dog will smile at the messes and joys that a dog brings into a home. A Dog’s Guide to Being Human is a book that celebrates all of the highs of having a furry friend.
  • GIFT TO NEW FAMILIES: This is a great book for expecting families about to bring in a new child to the world! A perfect title for those looking to find a baby shower gift.
  • FILLED WITH GENTLE WISDOM: With lessons about treating everyone with respect to not saying the dog ate the homework, there’s plenty affirmative, respectful lessons abound (and lessons just full of good sense).
  • ADORABLE ART: Artist Agnès Ernoult captures the intimate love and bond between dog and child as they grow older together. With sly looks and mischievous grins, Ernoult breathes a captivating life into the story.

Author Bios:

Shanna Silva is an award-winning writer and Broadway producer. She’s the author of Hannah’s Hanukkah Hiccups, Passover Scavenger Hunt, and over 40 high/low books for emerging readers. Her work is featured in various anthologies, blogs, and U.S. magazines. Shanna is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of New York University. Visit Shanna Silva online at

Agnès Ernoult is a children’s book illustrator living in France. She has been published in Australia, France, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Agnès enjoys creating whimsical characters using her nib and watercolor palette and believes that every tale she illustrates is like a journey into a new world, filled with deeper messages for children and parents to discover together. Visit Agnès Ernoult online at

Age Range

3-8 years