Juvenile fiction book inspired by author’s adorable cats

Renée Rodgers Barstack releases new book ‘My Pet Peeve’

Renée Rodgers Barstack’s “My Pet Peeve” (published by Xlibris) was penned with love about an amazing kitten, written in rhyme and provides a lesson that readers will learn. It gives readers a feeling of happiness, satisfaction, enjoyment and love, and more importantly, this book helps readers understand the importance of accepting others.

“My Pet Peeve” follows a little girl named Molly who is lonely and wanting a cat. Her father tells her she cannot have one. But Molly cannot accept “no” for an answer. One night, the cat, Munchkin, does an extraordinary thing that helps to change Daddy’s mind about cats.

An excerpt from this book:

As Daddy leaned down and picked up the kitten,

He now, also, was totally smitten.

Instead of demanding the kitten must leave,

He hugged it and called it my pet peeve.

“My Pet Peeve” has a meaningful message for all, with beautiful colors that tell the story and illustrations children will love. This picture book can be enjoyed by adults as well.

“My Pet Peeve”

By Renée Rodgers Barstack

Hardcover | 8.5 x 11in | 24 pages | ISBN 9781524582791

Softcover | 8.5 x 11in | 24 pages | ISBN 9781524582807

E-Book | 24 pages | ISBN 9781524582814

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble


About the Author

For over 30 years, Renée Rodgers Barstack has been involved in teaching and educational administration. She received her Bachelor of Science from Indiana University and master’s and doctorate degrees from Arizona State University. Among the honors she has received is the American Spirit Award, the highest honor given to a civilian by the United States Air Force for patriotism and love of country. She lives in Phoenix, with her three cats and two tortoises. Barstack currently teaches English Composition, Professional and Technical Writing, Children’s Literature and Creative Writing for Children’s Literature at Glendale Community College in Glendale, Arizona. Barstack has published articles in over ten publications, written a career building guide for an outplacement firm, developed basic skills instructional materials for several universities, written articles for professional journals and developed a career planning guide for junior high school students.


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