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Giveaway: The Unsinkable Gus Davis


The Unsinkable Gus Davis

by Laurie Trumble Davis

Illustrated by Paulette Bogan


All it takes is a persistent bulldog and a creative human friend to prove that, with a little practice and adaptation, anything is possible. The Unsinkable Gus Davis (June 21, 2022, The Collective Book Studio) is a playful story for kids ages 4-8 about figuring things out, staying safe around water, and laughing along the way!

Gus Davis is an irrepressible French Bulldog who believes he can do anything—including swim. His best (human) friend, Bean, knows that it’s impossible for bulldogs to swim: their legs are too short, their noses are too flat, and their bodies are too pudgy! The problem is that Gus isn’t having any of it. But Bean is caring and smart. She figures out the problem and comes up with a solution so that Gus can splash around safely. And Gus? Well, of course, he knew he could swim all along. This delightful story about how we all get by with a little help from our friends provides an opportunity to talk about swimming and water safety in a way that is playful, humorous, and engaging.

Laurie also has tips and activities for kids to help parent's get conversations started about water safety, available HERE. And a fun book trailer can be found HERE.

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One winner will receive The Unsinkable Gus book ($17.95). Open to U.S. residents of the 48 contiguous United States. You must be 18 years old to enter to win. 

All entries will be verified—only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. Any person who has won a prize (or whose household has won a prize) in any promotion sponsored by the Sponsor in the past thirty (30) days before this contest start date is not eligible to win a prize in this contest. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Entrants who have created social accounts purely to enter Competitions or Sweepstakes will not be eligible to win. All social accounts used must be public.

The winner will be chosen randomly through Rafflecopter and contacted via email. A reply to the winning email is required within 48 hours before a new winner is chosen. Void where prohibited by law. One person entering per household, please. Chatty Patty’s Place, Tabby’s Pantry, and The Review Wire are not responsible for the shipment of the prize.  Ends 7.15.22

More About the book: 

“Lovable Gus teaches us to never give up and that families need to practice water safety with dogs as well as kids. As a vet with over 30 years experience, I am glad to see this story finally told.”

— Dr. Leslie Marci, VMD - Acorn Animal Hospital, Franklin MA



Laurie Trumble Davis is a book lover who lives in Hopkinton, Massachusetts with her family. For more than 20 years, Laurie has enjoyed summers on Cape Cod, at Schoolhouse Pond, where Gus (her family's French bulldog) believed he was the best swimmer on the pond. And he was ... especially when wearing his life jacket!  Although this is her debut picture book, Laurie is no stranger to the world of books and book selling. She has worked for Barnes & Noble coordinating author appearances in New England. She has also done publicity and promotions in news media. In her free time, Laurie enjoys snickerdoodle iced coffee (cream, no sugar) and taking her puppy, Odin on adventures.


  1. My dad taught me how to swim. It is definitely an essential life skill that every kid should learn!

  2. I have no ideal!!!! I remember they build a new swimming pool about 3 blocks from our house. And we were there ever day they also had a great kiddie pool and mom would bring little brother down a couple times a week.

  3. My Mom taught me how to swim.


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