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about critterstory

niki critterstory children's picture book author

critterstory ~ a children’s animal picture book

about the author:
when niki was 7 years old she wrote a song about wanting a horse, which is the first poem in critterstory. niki has been singing “i want a horse” song to friends and children ever since (especially when she sees a palomino). 

special thanks to ben winship of victor, idaho for writing the musical score to match the lyrics of “i want a horse” song in critterstory for children to learn! as a result, it is available in the first poem of critterstory.

enjoy listening to our recording of critterstory’s “I want a horse” song featuring mccall, idaho local bob burns (singing and playing the mandolin) and his daughter keelee (singing). thanks bob and keelee!

Illustration by Janet Murphy McCall, ID


when niki was 10 years old her teacher had students write a poem for class. “beulah” was niki’s dog at the time. as a result, “beulah the beautiful basset hound” poem came from that assignment (the second poem in critterstory).

Beulah the Beautiful Bassett Hound watercolor by Janet Murphy

half a century later, janet (illustrator & designer of critterstory) learned of  “i want a horse” song and  “beulah the beautiful basset hound” poem while on hikes with niki in their mccall, idaho home. they laughed while they sang “i want a horse”, and janet imagined colorful watercolor illustrations of a basset hound named beulah running with stilts through the snow (can a dog wear stilts?) … and so their first book critterstory was launched in 2018…

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