Welcome to Cuccia Kids Books!
The fun site of discovery for the child in all of us!
I’ve always enjoyed kids books because they’re the most exciting, colorful and FUN to read!
So when I decided to move into the realm of writing and illustrating kids books, my first choice was to create a fun adventure about my best friend … my black lab, “Princess” Jasmine. We rescued each other years ago, and I found that through her eyes I could weave a tale of friendship, second chances and just being yourself that could be entertaining and educational to kids!
To my delight, I discovered I had more ideas than could fit into just one story! It began with There’s A Crazy Dog Under the Palace!, continued into the sequel Who Ate the Gelato?! (released earlier this year) and now I’m beginning work on the third and last book in this series, entitled Topo Under the Big Top! With each new tale Jasmine the black lab, Topo the wise little mouse, and Roxanne the Tibetan mastiff discover that in most situations three heads are better than one, and friendship is the most important lesson of all!
The sequel is HERE!
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Who Ate the Gelato?!
Chi Ha Mangiato il Gelato?! While Sicily and Europe endure a massive heat wave, our heroes travel across Europe to Tibet, in search of ice and an enigmatic character called the Brain!
There’s A Crazy Dog Under the Palace!
Sotto Un Palazzo C’è Un Cane Pazzo! A homeless black lab named Jasmine, a rich little mouse named Topo and Prince Antonino’s “official dog,” a Tibetan mastiff named Roxanne, help each other discover the value of friendship, second chances, and just being yourself while concocting a scheme to help a Prince regain his confidence!
Franklin County Animal Shelter/Friends of the Shelter
For years, as an animal lover and advocate for animal rights, I’ve used my artwork and abilities to aid various rescues and shelters with their fundraising events.
We adopted our black labrador, Jasmine from the Franklin County Animal Shelter in 2005 and they have become one of my favorite agencies to work with! Over the past year I’ve become even more pro-active by giving presentations to various elementary schools, talking about my book and the creative inspiration behind it, while making children aware of the plight of homeless animals everywhere and what they can do to help.
I’m proud to say these wonderful kids throughout central Ohio have gone above and beyond my wildest expectations and with their ingenuity and big hearts, having raised incredible amounts in donations, for the Franklin County Animal Shelter / Friends of the Shelter, so that they may continue to help our four-legged friends. Grazie, kids…you’re the BEST!
One of the best things about growing up in the 60’s and 70’s in a small rural community like New Albany was the tradition of sharing ideas and discoveries with your friends and classmates ... the enthusiasm was always contagious! That same enthusiasm for sharing and the spirit of friendship was alive and well last night (December 15th) at Eagles Pizza, in the center of downtown New Albany!
But taking a rough idea or “making something out of nothing” as I profess to young children when I’m speaking about kid’s books and the creation process in schools, may just seem like magic to a child!