Calling All Junior Scientists! Announcing the 2017 Monadnock Region Homeschool Science Fair

Homeschoolers throughout New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region are invited to participate in the annual science fair presented by the Ingalls Memorial Library in Rindge — and sponsored, for the first time this year, by Chaucer and his team here at Canterbury Tails Books. The 2017 fair has expanded to include two competition categories: demonstration projects for the 10-and-under crowd, and experiments… Read more →

I’ve Won a Major Award!

We can now add “award-winning” to the list of adjectives describing me… America’s traveling literary terrier! My People have just been informed that my book Learning Is Cool! is a recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Award program is globally recognized for honoring excellence in family-friendly media, products, and services. Of course, my witty words and… Read more →

Dreaming of Burgers, Digging Through Snow

I’m hungry! Aren’t terriers always hungry? And I’m thinking of a big, juicy burger. When this is how much snow is covering the Chaucermobile, you can imagine what the BBQ grill looks like. (Actually, the snow in my back yard is so high, I haven’t seen the grill since just after Christmas. Perhaps it was spirited away by a pre-hibernation… Read more →

Amarillo, Texas: Whataburger

Whataburger 3620 East Interstate 40 Amarillo, Texas Telephone: (806) 378-9652 Website: The Whataburger at exit 72B in Amarillo, Texas is a regular lunch/dinner break during my cross-country treks. Like many of the chain’s locations along this stretch of I-40, this Whataburger restaurant is right off the interstate, so you can fill your tummy and your fuel tank in one… Read more →

Oro Valley, Arizona: In-N-Out Burger

In-N-Out Burger 11545 N. Oracle Road Oro Valley, Arizona Telephone: (800) 786-1000 Website: For you lucky people and pups who’ve already tasted a juicy, couldn’t-be-fresher In-N-Out hamburger on one of those perfectly toasted buns, any restaurant review this burger-loving terrier could offer is purely superfluous. And if you haven’t tried their fare, a few adjectives should suffice to add… Read more →

Three Men in a Boat

(To Say Nothing of the Dog) Jerome K. Jerome “Fox-terriers are born with about four times as much original sin in them as other dogs.” So wrote Jerome K. Jerome, one of my Editor’s favorite authors for road-trip reading, in this charmingly hilarious book. While his description of my noble breed seems just a tad bit exaggerated, Jerome’s tale is… Read more →

Cave City, Kentucky: Dinosaur World

Dinosaur World Cave City, Kentucky Telephone: (270) 773-4345 Website: Talk about a Jurassic park. With more than 150 life-size dinosaur models creeping about and cavorting among the lush setting, a posted “Friendly pets on leashes are always welcome!” policy, and a picnic area that you can even have local pizza delivered to, Dinosaur World is a dog and kid’s… Read more →

Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico: Little Anita’s New Mexican Food

Little Anita’s New Mexican Food 2105 Mountain Road NW Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico Telephone: (505) 242-3102 Website: If you want to start an argument in Albuquerque, you can bring up politics, religion, or… which restaurant makes the best sopapillas. My Publisher’s vote goes to Little Anita’s – in part, perhaps, because of its patio with a view of… Read more →

Old Towne Orange, California: The Filling Station

The Filling Station 201 North Glassell Street Old Towne Orange, California Telephone: (714) 289-9714 Website: What more fitting place for America’s most-traveled terrier to meet Rich Truesdell, the editor of Automotive Traveler magazine, for breakfast than at a café housed in a 1920s gas station? Since The Filling Station is famous (locally, at least) as the dog-friendliest restaurant around,… Read more →