It’s Hard to Be Good Plushie Gift Set


Gift Set of:

It’s Hard to be Good
9.25 x 9.25,  36 Page Hardcover Picture Book


 Soft Animal Plush Toy  –  12″l x 5″h x 4″w

In the first book in the series, “It’s Hard to be Good,” Ellie the Wienerdog faces a common dilemma … she wants something that she’s not supposed to have.  It’s so hard for her to be good…but with self-control will she manage to do what is right?  This is a story that entertains and resonates with kids and grown-ups alike! Ellie’s irresistible charm radiates from every colorful, energetic page as she struggles to do the right thing. It invites readers to join in the fun over and over again.

The super soft, cuddly, Ellie the Wienerdog Plushie is the perfect accompaniment to Ellie’s books that creates a unique gift sure to bring a smile to those who receive it and also become a keepsake to pass from generation to generation.  (Unless the dog get it first ????)

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Author K.J. Hales and her dachshund Ellie

Kim Hales is the founder of Open Door Press, Inc. and the author of the children’s book series “Life’s Little Lessons by Ellie the Wiener Dog.”

After a career in the corporate business world, she was inspired to return to her passion for story and art, by of all things – her wiener dog. Shortly after Ellie came into her life, Kim picked up a yellow note pad and began writing humorous stories and doodles about the daily problems and perils of being a “wiener dog.”

As the number of stories grew so did Kim’s desire to share “Life’s Little Lessons” with the world. She established Open Door Press to do just that.

Kim lives in Southern California with her husband, her muse Ellie the Wienerdog and Ellie’s little sisters, Ruby and Pepper.


Serene Wyatt illustrator profile picture

Serene Wyatt was born and raised in Michigan and has always been passionate about art and animals. In 2008 she attended the College for Creative studies in Detroit to receive her bachelors degree in fine art and animation.

She later went on to open her own studio that specializes in freelance illustration and character animation, and is currently the artist for Ellie the Wienerdog!