Penguin Workshop Dolly Parton's Billy the Kid Makes It Big
Penguin Workshop Dolly Parton's Billy the Kid Makes It Big

Dolly Parton's Billy the Kid Makes It Big

By Dolly Parton


Publication Date: April 25, 2023

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Ages 4 to 7, Grades P to 2

From the legendary Dolly Parton comes a story about her god-dog and Instagram personality, Billy the Kid, who is hoping to make it big as a country music star in Nashville, Tennessee.

French bulldog Billy the Kid was born with an ear for music. And not just any music. He loves barking to the beat of country music! So Billy sets out to Nashville to sing his heart out.

But when he meets some big bullies at the Battle of the Bow-wows, Billy worries he's barking up the wrong tree. He'll need his favorite songs ("Jowlene" and "I Will Pawlways Love You," of course), a group of scrappy new friends, and his favorite country music star to regain self-confidence and be the star he always knew he could be.

Written by Dolly Parton with Erica S. Perl and illustrated by MacKenzie Haley, this is a delightful picture book about standing up to people (and dogs) who put you down and finding the drive to achieve your dreams.

About the Author

Dolly Parton is the most honored and revered female singer-songwriter of all time. She has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, has a record-breaking 28 songs which have reached #1 on Billboard charts, and hundreds of awards across her career. To date, Parton has donated over 200 million books to children around the world with her Imagination Library and has authored successful books for children and adults. From her "Coat of Many Colors" while working "9 to 5," no dream is too big and no mountain too high for the country girl who turned the world into her stage.

Erica S. Perl is the author of many popular children’s books, including The Three Little Guinea Pigs (illustrated by Amy Young), When Carrot Met Cookie (illustrated by Jonathan Fenske), and Truth or Lie: Dogs! (illustrated by Michael Slack) Erica lives in Washington, D.C., and her family includes two rescue dogs, Clover and Penny. Visit her at

Author Residence: Nashville, Tennessee

Author Hometown: Sevierville, Tennessee

MacKenzie Haley is an illustrator whose books include The Ninja Club Sleepover, Pegasisters Go to Camp, and Snitchy Witch, among others. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from the University of Dayton and currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky. Learn more at

Illustrator Residence:Louisville, Kentucky

Format: Hardcover

Length: 40 pages

Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Publication Date: April 25, 2023

ISBN: 9780593661574

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