Happy The Hodag
Happy The Hodag is as chill as a Northwoods Spring evening and as sharp as a Blue Spruce Pine Needle. Happy lives in the Northeastern forests of Wisconsin.
Buddy the Bulldog is a small town dog with a big heart. Buddy lives in the Northeastern lumber town of Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
Happy and Buddy are best friends.
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Happy the Hodag and his sidekick Buddy the Bulldog debuted in the 2006 picture book, Tales From The Trees, a rhyming introduction to the Northern Wisconsin hodag legend.
In 2007 they were back starring in the fast paced adventure, A Monster Misunderstanding, a suspenseful and fun picture book exploring how a hodag came to be friends with a bulldog... because everyone knows hodags eat bulldogs— but only once a month and only on a Sunday.
Happy and Buddy turned ten years old in 2016 and HODAG, A Happy The Hodag Book was released for their birthdays. HODAG introduced nine new hodags and is an homage to author Jill Kuczmarski's hometown community, where the human hodags roam.
HODAG, Color The Seasons is my fourth Happy the Hodag book and features eight new hodag depictions and of course, Happy. It’s the exploration of what hodags are up to season by season in a keepsake coloring storybook. (2019)