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Adrienne Sylver

Dear Librarian:

When my fourth grade teacher assigned a book report on a nonfiction title, I groaned. I was an avid reader, but I didn't want to read about another president or a war that had nothing to do with me. So imagine my surprise when, years later, I found myself writing a nonfiction book for kids.

The idea for HOT DIGGITY DOG: THE HISTORY OF THE HOT DOG came after hearing on the radio that Americans eat two billion hot dogs every July. As a hot dog lover, the fact intrigued me. I began my research and was amazed to discover that Babe Ruth often ate a dozen hot dogs in one sitting, and that the first hot dogs were sold without buns, burning the fingers of those who bought them.

I hope you'll lead the groaners in your school to my book. I love to make school visits, too. I'm offering free signed copies of my book. For a chance to win, visit

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Adrienne Sylver

Hot Diggity Dog / Adrienne Sylver / Dutton

Price: $16.99 / ISBN: 978-0525478973 / Published: May, 2010

Ages 5-8 / Hardcover / Nonfiction Picture book

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