About Matt Pelicano

Matt Pelicano was born and raised in Upstate New York.

He has written poetry, songs, and children’s stories since he can remember.

He lives in Greenville, SC with his family of people and cats.

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"Tabouli" - Pre-Order Now!

"Tabouli" is the true story of the real-life Medical Alert Dog from Greenville, SC.

Tabouli rises from tragic beginnings, up through the ranks of advanced training to become, not only Elizabeth's best friend, but her life-saving companion.
Scheduled for publication in 2019.

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"With Just An Empty Shoebox"

With just an empty shoebox, you could
make a ship to sail on; you could
climb on board as captain; you could
sail the seven seas.

For Ages 4-7

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  • "Tabouli:
    The Story of a Diabetes Alert Dog"


    Tabouli is the story of a real-life diabetes alert dog and his 13-year old owner, Elizabeth. Through tragedy and loss, trials and challenges, Tabouli finally discovers his one true gift, but will it be in time to save the life of the one he loves?
    Ages 8-14
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  • "With Just An Empty Shoebox"



    With Just An Empty Shoebox opens the lid and peeks inside a world of simple wonders and limitless creativity, in which dreams are stored away for a lifetime of happiness.

    Ages 4-7
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  • "Philbert LaRue had a
    Hole in his Shoe"


    A Seussical, lyrical, rhymingly-rhythmical comedy of errors that begins with a hole in a shoe and ends when a wiser Philbert learns a valuable lesson.

    Ages 4-9

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“Today is a very good day -- for I have just finished reading Matt Pelicano's latest book TABOULI. If you love dogs you must read this book; if you love your family you must read this book; if you have ever lost someone you must read this book -- and finally..."

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“Tabouli is a great book! I enjoyed reading it and I feel it truly captures the essence of the little red dog. It is a warm and loving story of family bonds and determination to fight and win even when the odds are stacked high against Tabouli and his young owner...”

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“Matt has so perfectly captured the joys, tribulations, and lessons this team experienced in a wonderful children’s story. You will cheer for Tabouli, cry with him, and want to hug him for being such a remarkable dog; giving unselfishly, not just once for his owner, but over and over again.”

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"Philbert LaRue had a Hole in his Shoe by Matt Pelicano begins with Philbert deciding to ignore the hole in his shoe. As the hole gets larger and larger, Philbert plugs it with his shirt, his cap and his..."

Linda Kelly
Author of Mice on Main

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Local children’s author, student illustrator bring clumsy character to life
by Melody Wright, Sept 13, 2018 | Photo by Will Crooks

Philbert LaRue’s journey begins with a hole in his shoe but by the last page ends with a valuable lesson. The clumsy 65-year-old man is trapped in a comedy of errors.

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"I wondered why I was chosen to review this children’s book. Then I remembered the pair of shoes (one with a hole) that have been riding around in the backseat of my car for months now. LaRue’s plight literally touched my sole.

Matt Pelicano authors this delightful tale, echoing Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein in his playful use of verse..."

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