In this first story of a series of eight called the “Adventures of Nick & Knobby,” Nick rescues a dog who used to be part of an animal act. Nick plays the bass drum in the school band, and Knobby, his new dog, has a tail with a knob at the end that looks like a drumstick, and he plays the bass drum, too. Knobby’s former owner causes serious problems after being released from jail.

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After I retired, I was painting the inside of my house, when I got an idea about a boy who played the bass drum in the school band. I thought he should have an animal as a pet. A talking mouse sounded good but a major movie studio had already done that. Maybe a dog, but every story had a dog. But this dog would be different. He’d have a tail that looked like a drumstick and he played the bass drum, too. His name would be Knobby. I got down from the ladder, went to my computer and wrote, “Breathing hard from riding against the wind, Nick heard a sound coming from the side of the road, and thought it must be the wind blowing through the trees.” I called the story Nick Meets Knobby. Thus my new life as a children’s author had begun

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