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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kirby Pringle  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: 1957 in Evansville, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

The husband-and-wife team of Cindy and Kirby Pringle have worked together as photographers for 20 years and own Dogtown Artworks, located in rural Champaign County, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

The Pringles, Kirby and his wife, Cindy, are authors of the ''Earl & Pearl Barker'' children's books, about loveable dogs who have a message to tell and who love to wear clothes!

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Happy Tails: Earl and Pearl on the Farm
ISBN: 0977712605

Dogtown Artworks. 2006

Humorous and whimsical, this vivid collection of images teaches children the ABCs against the backdrop of simple farm life in central Illinois. Earl and Pearl Barker are human-sized canines who, from apples to zinnias, ride horses, play checkers, tend to farm animals, and fill a wheelbarrow with cookies. Entertaining for adults as well, the story of the Barkers is loaded with silly puns and clever wordplay—and each dog pictured in the book is a former rescue dog.

Happy Tails: The Call of Nature
ISBN: 0977712613

Dogtown Artworks. 2008

(For ages 7–12) A children’s tale that examines the role of modern technologies, this story reintroduces readers to Pearl Barker who has just discovered the wonders of e-mail, cell phones, texting, and instant messaging. She's even put wireless routers in all her farm buildings so she can check her e-mail while gathering eggs and doing her chores. Soon Pearl becomes more interested in staying at the computer or on the cell phone than going outside. She neglects her duties and becomes homebound. Earl, her husband, feels lonesome and rejected. When he has to make his own breakfast and burns the toast, Earl goes over the edge. He takes Pearl on a vacation to get her back to nature and rediscover her love of the outdoors and the benefits of an active lifestyle.

The Butterfly That Would Not Fly
ISBN: 0977712699

Dogtown Artworks. 2012

Pearl Barker finds a monarch butterfly and quickly discovers why it will not fly - it is afraid of heights. Pearl and her husband Earl try to help the butterfly overcome its fear so that it can fly to Mexico and spend the winter with millions of other monarchs.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

The Pringles were featured on Heartland Highways, a video produced and broadcast by WEIU-TV.