Pup and Pokey
A boisterous wolf pup and an awkward young porcupine are unlikely allies in this tale of friendship set on Alaska’s tundra. When the pair are brought together by a trapper’s snare, they must learn what it means truly to be friends.
Gently inspired by the fable of “The Lion and the Mouse,” young readers will learn about living in the wilderness and the sometimes unexpected connections that arise in our lives. Pup and Pokey is the first children’s book from acclaimed Alaska author Seth Kantner. With Kantner’s storytelling and Beth Hill’s original illustrations, Pup and Pokey is a touching outdoor adventure story that only two Alaskans can tell.
Seth Kantner is the author of Ordinary Wolves and Shopping for Porcupine. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Outside, and Orion, among others. He lives in Kotzebue, Alaska.
Beth Hill is an artist, commercial fisherman, and teacher. She lives in the village of Kokhanok, on Iliamna Lake, Alaska.
"For kids hitting chapter books for the first time, Pup & Pokey tells the story of a young wolf and a young porcupine who live near each other and
playfully interact. . . . The artwork by Beth Hill is beautiful."
—Alaska Dispatch News