Smokey Tails: Smokey and the Southeastern Jungle

Smokey Tails: Smokey and the Southeastern JungleThe adventure of Smokey, a bluetick hound, and the recovery of the lost gold bone.
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The Reviews Are In!

“I loved reading Smokey Tails: Smokey in the Southeastern Jungle to my daughter. The story is fun and exciting with a quaint Southern tone that will make UT fans want to burst out singing Rocky Top at the triumphant finish. Of course, my daughter’s favorite character was Smokey, but she was captivated by the emergence of the sly alligator, Mr. Chomper, from the dark swamp. If you cheer for the Vols, you’ll root for Smokey and his grandfather, General Gnawbone, to save the day!”

Elizabeth Davis
Tennessee Alumnus editor and UT Knoxville alumna

“Smokey Tails: Smokey and the Southeastern Jungle delightfully depicts the rivalry between the University of Tennessee Volunteers and other teams throughout the Southeastern Conference. Through creative wording and playful illustrations, John Lacey has penned a storyline that holds the attention of both the child and adult. Rich in regional vocabulary, and infectious innuendos, this book is sure to capture the hearts of Vol Fans both young and old. Smokey Tails is a must for the collector of children’s literature and for a child’s literary collection!”

Stephanie Adams Wallace
Retired teacher, Knox County Schools

“This book is a delight! The story is as wholesome as it is whimsical. Mr. Lacey has produced a work here that has more substance than most children’s books, and the accompanying illustrations are richly textured. You don’t have to be a fan of SEC football to appreciate this story, but the playful colloquialisms and the familiar characters will surely help a southern reader feel at home. This book deserves a spot on any young Vol fan’s shelf, but you may soon find that you enjoy following young Smokey through the perils of the Southeastern Jungle as much as your kids do!”

Jonathan M. Ruth
UT Knoxville alumnus

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