It’s such a pleasure to get a children’s book that not only has a story that children can easily follow, but which also has something special to which adults can relate. Doley The Guatemalan Street Dog by Seattle based author Jill Brazier, is such a book. While Doley has a simple story line, the illustrations by Marcio Diaz are magical and highlight Brazier’s endearing description of the life of a special Guatemalan street dog named Doley. The happy simplicity of Doley’s life is one which most grown-ups would envy.
The idea for the book came from Brazier’s real-life experience living in a bamboo tree-house above Lake Atitlan, in the small village of San Marcos, La Laguna. At twenty years-old, Jill met Doley, a starving little street dog. She nurtured Doley back to health and they spent the next fourteen years together as best friends and travel companions.
Artist Marcio Diaz was born in a small farming community in Northern Nicaragua. His experiences as a child growing up in a rural environment gave him an awareness of natural beauty and lifestyle that he brings to his art with bold, vibrant and rich colors.