Smokey Tails – A UT Children’s Book {Giveaway}

What a great way to start out the season and the week with a UT victory! We’re all things orange this week, and we’re happy to share with you Smokey Tails a book written by John Lacey for little UT Vols fans.

Smokey Tails Giveaway

Smokey the hound dog takes you on a journey through the Southeastern Jungle where he encounters a grumpy bulldog named Old George, a tricky elephant named Eli-Bamie, and the scary gator known as Mr. Chomper, on his search for the golden bone.

The book is a fun way for kids to enjoy the rivalries of the SEC while gong on an adventure with Smokey. The illustrations are eye-catching and will definitely keep your child’s attention as Smokey encounters each animal on his journey for the golden bone.

A little more about John, the local author.

“I have always enjoyed creative writing. It was my favorite subject all through my school days. I even majored in advertising at UT because in that field I had a chance to continue creative storytelling.

I had the idea for Smokey Tails when I was a senior at UT (2002). I wrote down the general plot and a few lines. I even sketched out a few characters. And then, I shelved it. I didn’t put any work into it for years.

It wasn’t until my wife and I had our first child, my daughter Campbell, that I resurrected Smokey Tails. When I would read her stories, I would just think to myself: ‘I can write stuff like this (which naively, I thought writing for children would be easy – I was wrong).’ So I pulled out the ole journal and started working on the story.

I consulted with a bunch of folks, hired an editor, and fine-tuned (cut out about 80 – 90% of the original content) the story. When I knew it was in a good place I put out an ad for an illustrator in Knoxville. Adam (who was living in Oregon at the time) found my post and sent me a few samples of his work. The rest is history!

There are a few children’s books out there about Smokey. But Smokey Tails is really the only one that I have seen that is a true adventure story. It has a plot, danger and heroic ending that I think any child or adult would enjoy.”

Today we are happy to share that one Knoxville Moms Blog readers gets their very own copy! Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win one for your little Vols fan!

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9 Responses to Smokey Tails – A UT Children’s Book {Giveaway}

  1. Nicole Pendleton September 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

    Savannah LOVES Smokey and all things UT.

  2. Andrea September 3, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

    Our little one loves Smokey!!

  3. Erica Moore September 3, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

    What a great book idea, we love the Vols!

  4. Sarah September 4, 2014 at 5:39 am #

    My oldest daughter loves rooting for UT with her daddy!! It’s early for the youngest one but she’s gonna be a big fan, I can tell!!!

  5. Sarah S September 4, 2014 at 6:44 am #

    My boys would love this book!

  6. Lisa Neal September 4, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

    Would love to share this book with my grandchildren. They love smokey!

  7. Lynda Ingram September 4, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

    My daughter loves the Vols!!!

  8. Jennifer Henson September 4, 2014 at 10:10 pm #

    My boys love UT football. Well, my 6 year old for sure, the 9.5 month old has no choice right now… =) Football season is our FAVORITE time of year!

  9. Melinda B September 5, 2014 at 11:20 am #

    Oh my gosh, my son is in training to be the BIGGEST UT fan! My husband is teaching him well!! ha.

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