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Boonie, River and their cat-pals come to life in the audio version of the beloved first book in the Valley Cat series. Read by a real kid, this enchanting book is perfect for bedtime, naptime or lap time. Listen in the car or read along! Sneak a listen by clicking on the link below. Then, don't delay; visit our on-line store and purchase the 2 CD set today! Only $12.95

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VALLEY CATS: THE ADVENTURES OF BOONIE AND RIVER - 2 CD Audio Book is also available at: Digital download available by going to:

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 The second book in the Valley Cat series continues from the first book, Valley Cats: The Adventures of Boonie and River. Boonie and River meet up with new friends in the Valley. The 14 fun-filled cat adventures are set in Michigan's scenic Upper Peninsula. This elementary school-reading level book is bursting with more original artwork by northern Michigan's own Karin Neumann.


Valley Cats children's books are more than a story of adventure. Each book is a celebration of seasonal beauty and regional history, a lesson in trying new things and a tribute to having fun. Most of all, it’s a story of friendship. Valley Cats is an engaging elementary chapter book and an ideal bedtime storybook. Children of any age will enjoy Boonie and River’s antics set amidst the beautiful backdrop of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Each book is written by Gretchen Preston and illustrated by Karin Neumann.
Any print in either book is available for purchase.

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Valley Cats: The Adventures of Boonie and River

Valley Cats:The Adventures of Boonie and River is composed of 14 incredible stories. It is a perfect addition for the classroom, group studies of literature, reading groups, book clubs and gifts. Cleverly woven into the text are historical, geographical, and naturalist facts. Unsuspecting readers will learn about the Upper Peninsula as they read. Please feel free to contact us concerning special pricing on quantities exceeding 25 books.

 And children, don't forget to visit Boonie and River at their new Facebook account.

President Obama brings home the book. 

During President Barack Obama's February 2011 trip to Marquette, Mich., he visited Donckers Candy store where the first book was purchased for his daughters.

Settle in and enjoy the journey.

Children's Book Valley Cats "The Adventures of Boonie and River" by Gretchen Preston.  The Children's Book Valley Cats is more than a story of adventure. It’s a celebration of seasonal beauty and regional history, a lesson in trying new things, and a tribute to having fun.

Select the Learn More button to visit the children's book page and read an excerpt from our featured story. "Pet Parade." Learn of the friendship that transpires between the ladies of the valley and their pets. Purchase your copy of Valley Cats today. Our online purchasing is made easy and secure with PayPal. 

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The entire collection of illustrations featured in Valley Cats: The Adventures of Boonie and River is available for purchase. Buy an individual print, or create your own set. We offer these fun illustrations in your choice of sizes. This beautiful collection was created by Karin Neumann. Adults and children alike marvel at her attention to detail. Your entire family will love to be surrounded by these adorable characters.

We invite you to browse the Valley Cats Children's Book Illustration Center to view four featured prints, along with a short synopsis. These delightful illustrations will brighten up walls and bring lots of smiles to young people's faces  They will also enjoy viewing their favorite children's book characters after storytime each night. 

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Book Reviews

"Gretchen Preston’s Valley Cats is the fun and adventurous story of Boonie and River, two cats who first meet during a parade and quickly become close friends. Boonie is a bit more daring than River, who is not allowed to leave his yard, but soon Boonie convinces River he can get the trust of his mistress so they can have adventures."

"Those adventures happen in the Valley where Boonie and River live, as well as the surrounding areas of their Upper Michigan home. Author Gretchen Preston based the story upon people and cats she knows in her Michigan home, but readers from any location will enjoy reading these stories. Boonie and River are characters children will love—especially cat lovers."

"They are reminiscent of characters in earlier friend books for children like the “Frog and Toad” series by Arnold Lobel, but the book is more in-depth, with full length chapters, each being in itself a separate story about one of the Valley Cats’ adventures..."  Select the Learn More button to read full book review.

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Children's Book Author, Gretchen Preston, Children's Book Illustrator, Karin Neumann

About the Author
Gretchen Preston was raised in Portland, Ore. Her parents read to their children every night at bedtime. She fell in love with stories as a very young child. Gretchen attended the University of Oregon and went on to graduate school at Arizona State University where she earned a master's degree in social work. She credits her writing prowess to learning to write in graduate school. Trained as a medical social worker, Gretchen frequently wrote newsletters and professional journals, and composed educational handbooks. Please select the Learn More button to read on. Also, learn more at Gretchen's new Facebook page at

About the Illustrator
Karin Neumann was raised in Traverse City, Mich. She grew up on a small farm with two sisters and one brother. She loves the outdoors and especially enjoys hiking and biking the woods around her Michigan home. Please select the Learn More button to read on.

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