December 10, 2018 Authors, Book Marketing 0 Comments


Written in poetry and tetrameter, Pippin No Lickin’ is great for school-bound kids

NASHVILLE, TN – Songwriter and author Layne Ihde’s Pippin No Lickin’ takes young readers on an adventure with Pippin the cat as he unravels the consequences of not taking a bath! Alongside Pippin, children will learn that there are consequences to their actions, that parental wisdom is for their health and safety, and that they can confront friends kindly without using shameful words.

Pippin is a smelly cat who refuses to take a bath, and his parents and friends are tired of it! All kinds of funny things start getting stuck in his fur: like kazoos and butterflies and a huge piece of grape gum! Kids get to see Pippin learn from his actions and understand how being selfish impacts not only himself but those around him. The book highlights exactly how one’s actions can have consequences, which in turn helps children develop an understanding of self-awareness.

Ihde’s 20 years of experience as a songwriter transfers seamlessly to his writing and rhyming craft, giving Pippin No Lickin’ a Dr. Suess feel. With bright images and a song-song meter, parents and children alike will enjoy this introduction to an immediately classic and memorable character in Pippin the cat.

By showcasing beautiful and colorful illustrations throughout the book, young readers are able to learn and discuss colors. Educational and hilarious, Pippin, No Lickin’ fosters children’s imagination with a vibrant and endearing story.

About the author:
LAYNE IHDE is a self-described “crazy-cat-guy” that lives in Nashville, TN with his wife and two kitties, a white tabby named Lizzie and brand new kitten Pip. He writes all different kinds of stories: children’s books, songs, sci-fi and fantasy short stories, poems and is even working on a novel. And he has written and published 40 songs, releasing three albums and two EPs internationally on independent labels, getting placement on television shows and performing across the country. Pippin No Lickin’ was inspired by Layne’s real life kitten named Pippin, who sometimes acted like a dog! Check out more about Layne and his kitten adventures at



“Pippin No Lickin’”
Layne Ihde | November 20, 2018 | Morgan James Kids
Paperback: 9781642790702 | Price: $9.95
Hardcover: 978-1642790702 | Price: $29.95





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IhdeAuthorPhotoAn Interview with Layne Ihde

How does the unique rhythm and rhyming of Pippin No Lickin’ reinforce literacy in young readers?
I feel that these elements pull the reader along and establish a cadence similarly to what a drummer provides with a band. The regular pulse helps lock in word sounds and syllables, and it aids in word recognition retention.

The book anthropomorphizes animals. Was this a fun process for you? Was it more difficult than you thought it would be?
I have been drawn to humanized animals ever since reading books such as The Cat And The Hat and The Berenstain Bears. I think that the animal part allows you to do “fantastical” things that unlock a child’s imagination, and the human part allows you to tie themes to real life.

Can you explain how children’s book writing is limitlessness depending upon one’s imagination?
Children don’t care whether something isn’t exactly the same as real life. Dragons eating tacos, a boy creating a livable world with a purple crayon, or even a cat going to school with a live butterfly on its back all simply unlock a child’s imagination. This creativity allows them to dream, think and wonder about who they are and their place in the world without any restrictions. There will be plenty of time to “come back down to earth” later in life.

Will you tell us a little bit about your band, The Happy Racers? How did being a member of a children’s rock band influence your writing of Pippin No Lickin’?
The Happy Racers was born of three good friends who have all written and played music together at certain points in Nashville through the years. Two are brothers-in-law, and I am the “brother from another mother.” Ha! We decided to create music for kids that was not dumbed down or too silly and which families could really enjoy listening together.

Writing a song is a lot like writing a children’s book. They are both shorter formats than say, a symphony or a novel. One has to establish characters, plot, problem and resolution within a relatively short time.

Through performing with my band, I also became friends with children’s author icon Barbara Joosse (Mama Do You Love Me,) who was invaluable as a mentor to me through the beginnings of Pippin No Lickin’.

How does your experience as a songwriter make the rhythm and rhyming different than other children’s books?
I see (and read) many children’s book where the rhyming employed is simply the words at the end of lines. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I feel the rhythm everywhere.

Pippin No Lickin’ is written in a triplet style that puts you almost into a gallop as you read it. I loved that as a child, and I still love it today. Even my books that don’t rhyme, which I hope you will see soon, have cadence points or rhythms of their own in certain word combinations, as well as phrases that have a pulse. I can’t do it any other way!