A retired teacher, Cheryl Dannenbring received her BA in elementary and special education from Augustana College in Sioux Falls and her MEQ in teaching emotional and behavioral disorders from the University of Minnesota. She has written one previous children's book with a focus on animals. The inspiration for My Puppy Gave to Me came from a writing-group session and from her own canine experiences. She had a dog that ate a whole table of decorated gingerbread men! Dannenbring enjoys traveling to Iceland, where she has family and friends. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota, with her husband. Having studied graphic arts and drama at Santa Rosa Junior College, Cynthia Kremsner believes that drama brings the theatrics to her art. In 2009, she was selected as a mentee by Laurent Linn, art director at Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers.
"Puppies and Christmas-OMG, what's not to like? Duluth author Cheryl Dannenbring does not disappoint in her revised version of the Twelve Days of Christmas, and Cynthia Kremsner's illustrations sweetly portray the mischievous puppy. Most of these 'gifts' come rumpled, broken, slobbered or shredded, but the joy is consistent. If you're looking for a new Christmas favorite, especially for the littlest ones, this should be a present that you give your home."-- (12/01/2014)