The Beloved Dearly by Doug Cooney

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Ernie is a twelve-year-old tycoon, always on the lookout for a fast buck. This time he stumbles onto a money-making bonanza: pet funerals. He hires Dusty to decorate the burial boxes and Tony to dig the holes, but his prize find is Swimming Pool, a tomboy who delivers a crying jag not to be missed. Business goes through the roof -- until Ernie loses Swimming Pool over a raise and the whole venture unravels. Here is a rollicking, fun-spirited novel about friendship, loss, business -- and how we learn to express our feelings.

As a stage play, The Beloved Dearly was toured by the Lincoln Center Institute in a production directed by Elizabeth Swados. The play has also been produced at TADA!, where it was awarded the First Look Prize; South Coast Repertory; Florida Stage; and Riverside Children's Theatre; and it has been published by Dramatic Publishing.


About Doug Cooney

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Doug Cooney is an accomplished playwright and screenwriter who has written numerous works for youth theater, including The Legend of Alex (Mark Taper Forum), Beeswax (Raymond F. Kravis Center for Performing Arts), Can Do! (Florida Stage, Michigan Public Theatre), and The Wind That Blew (International Very Special Arts Festival, Royal Museum of Brussels), a production that was later invited to the White House. His work has been honored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacArthur Foundation, the Kennedy Center, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and the State of Florida. He recently adapted Dr. Seuss's 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T as an animated feature for Sony Pictures. Doug Cooney lives in Los Angeles, California.
Published November 1, 2001 by Dramatic Pub Co. 192 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Most of all there’s a string of stagy set pieces that end with Ernie and his Dad both grieving in the wake of Ernie’s Mom’s death from cancer, growing closer by decorating the grave of the family dog together.

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A young entrepreneur known for his get-rich-quick schemes uses an empty parking lot to start a pet funeral business in what PW called ""a likeable story with solid appeal."" Ages 8-12.

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A winning group of young actors gives this audio production—based on Cooney's novel—a believable, spunky tone and an entertaining spark that will keep listeners tuned in.

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What happens when his mother's little dog, as old as Ernie, needs Ernie's business?

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Ernie's mother passed away shortly before the story opens, and Ernie and his father are learning to 'go it alone' without her.

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