Dolly Parton will publish a new children’s book about her god-dog and Instagram personality, Billy the Kid, next year.
The book’s publisher Penguin Random House announced that “Dolly Parton’s Billy the Kid Makes It Big” will be published on April 25, 2023.
Written by Parton with Erica S. Perl and illustrated by MacKenzie Haley, this picture book tells the story of a French bulldog who loves barking to the beat of country music.
Billy sets out to Nashville to sing his heart out. But when he meets some big bullies at the Battle of the Bow-wows, Billy worries he’s barking up the wrong tree. He’ll need his favorite songs “Jowlene” and “I Will Pawlways Love You,” a group of scrappy new friends, and his favorite country music star to regain self-confidence and be the star he always knew he could be.
Parton said she is very proud to bring this book and the message it conveys to life.
“Years back I wrote a song ‘Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny’ for my children’s album, ‘I Believe In You.’ I wanted kids to understand how harmful bullying can be to someone,” she said. “When I launched the Doggy Parton line of pet products earlier this year, my god-dog Billy got to be the star of the show.”
“Since he’s a big star now, I knew a story with him at the center could help drive home important messages in a unique way. I hope this is the first of many books with Billy,” added the country music legend.
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