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Alexa Kober talks about her children’s book ‘Dalli: The Dog with the Alligator Tail’

Author Alexa Kober spoke about her new children’s book “Dalli: The Dog with the Alligator Tail,” which was released on July 23.

Alexa Kober
Author Alexa Kober. Photo Courtesy of Alexa Kober
Author Alexa Kober. Photo Courtesy of Alexa Kober

Author Alexa Kober spoke about her new children’s book “Dalli: The Dog with the Alligator Tail,” which was released on July 23.

Background on the author

During her MFA program, Alexa Kober studied fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. This book is the first of an eclectic mix of many publications for children and adults of all ages.

Synopsis of the new kid’s book

“Dalli: The Dog with the Alligator Tail” follows Dalli as she navigates her first day of school with the one thing she loathes most: her big, purple alligator tail. With encouragement from her parents and her teacher, Ms. Brie, Dalli soon learns that true friends will embrace you for who you are and that your differences make you unique.

The night before school, Dalli wrestles with social anxiety, fearing that her new classmates won’t want to befriend her because of her tail. Mom, Dad, and Ms. Brie all offer encouragement to Dalli.

When her classmates courageously share their distinct traits, she sees all of the friends she has yet to make. When her classmates paint their tails purple, Dalli feels accepted and loved for who she is and finally finds happiness in going to school and spending time with friends.

What motivated you to become a writer and publish your work?

I have been a writer since I could hold a pen. I remember loving the act of storytelling from a young age, and the reason behind it has always stayed the same: I want to use my books to connect with other people and help at least one person feel less alone.

How does your background and profession influence your writing style and choice of topics?

I obtained my MFA in Creative Writing from Adelphi University, where I studied fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Because I was able to learn from experts in all different genres, I became a multi-faceted writer with no limitations on what I was able to create.

My background in education and non-profit work has always posed the question: “How do I help the people around me?” It’s my goal to use not only this book, but all of my books to promote empathy and offer reassurance to people who may be struggling with the same conflicts that my characters struggle with.

Can you share a brief overview of the plot or central themes of your book, “Dalli: The Dog with the Alligator Tail“?

“Dalli: The Dog with the Alligator Tail” captures the anxiety that Dalli feels when she is off to school with the one thing that she loathes most – her big, purple alligator tail.

With the support of her parents and her teacher, Ms. Brie, Dalli learns the value of true friendship and how to love herself for all that she is.

This book explores the themes of overcoming anxiety, building community and friendships, self-love, and self-validation.

Were there any revisions or changes made to the book during the writing or editing process?

The writing process was very straightforward and the editing process consisted of me perfecting the rhyme scheme.

In editing, I showed the story to a few close friends, and with no negative feedback or suggestions on how to make it better, I sought out to find my illustrator.

Are there any underlying messages or lessons you aimed to convey through your writing?

Our differences are what make us unique, and once we can learn to love ourselves, we can form long-lasting friendships with those who are just as different and want to uplift us and see us succeed.

Her children’s book “Dalli: The Dog with the Alligator Tail” is available on Amazon by clicking here.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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