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PRESS RELEASE: Traitor Dachshund Publishes First Book from Veteran Children's Editor Laura Atkins – Picture Book Launches in Fall 2016

May 20, 2016, NEW YORK, NY

Jasper the dachshund believes he can win a big sled race—even if no one else does. His feisty spirit and creativity help lead his team to victory in Sled Dog Dachshund by debut author Laura Atkins.

In her picture book debut, Laura Atkins introduces readers to Jasper, a dauntless dachshund determined to help a team of big dogs win the world’s biggest sled race.

But Jasper is undeterred, despite the fact that he’s too small for every position. Hopping aboard the sled he uses his big spirit, and his big bark, to get his team over the finish line.

This fall, dog lovers of every size will root for Jasper and celebrate the creativity and confidence that help him lead his team to victory.

Laura Atkins is a writer, teacher, and independent children’s book editor with more than two decades of editorial experience. In her (literally!) storied career, Laura has worked with various book publishers, helping to produce winners of the Coretta Scott King Award and ALA Notable Book selections, among others. She holds an MA in Children’s Literature from Roehampton University in London and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Laura lives in Berkeley, California. Sled Dog Dachshund is her first book. Learn more at

An Phan has spent his life in art. He creates advertising illustrations and concept art for many computer games from massive multiplayer online games to casual mobile titles. Art complements his active live of travel, which further inspires his art. An studied art at Arena Multimedia in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where he lives with his family.


  • by Laura Atkins; illustrated by An Phan
  • On sale October 4, 2016
  • Hardcover: 978-0-996545-43-3 | $14.99
  • Ages 5 to 7 | 32 pages | 8" x 10"

About Traitor Dachshund

Traitor Dachshund, the children’s imprint of Minted Prose, is dedicated to making books inspired by two big ideas: kids are kids, and everyone knows the household pet is really in charge. Learn more on our books page.

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