About

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Who Is MBDB?

My Black Dog Books is a unique studio specializing in the creation of interactive children’s books for a new generation. All apps are written and illustrated by me, Allison, a stay-at-home mother of two young boys and programmed by my husband, Jeff. Our goal is to design children’s books for the next generation. This means using current technology to its fullest in order to build dynamic, fun, and interactive stories. Our unique focus allows us to entertain a new generation of kids using technology that will be second nature to them.

Why "My Black Dog Books"?

MBDB is named after my childhood best friend, my black dog Hershey. I got to spend 16 years of my life with her, and though she is no longer by my side her rascally spirit lives on through our books and through Phantom Dog, the ever-loyal best friend of Violet.

Paperbacks

Since 2013 select MBDB original stories have been available in paperback through Amazon.com. As time progresses, our entire catalogue of apps will become available for purchase in paperback as well as some new, never-before-seen tales.

About the Author and Illustrator, Allison Keeme

I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona by my wonderfully strange, smart and talented parents, Scott and Julie Berrie. In elementary school I spent my lunch breaks drawing pictures for the school newsletter and designing holiday displays for my classroom. I told everyone I wanted to draw for Disney. Gary Larson was my hero. Though I continued my artistic endeavors all through middle and high school, I really began branching out with my work while attending the University of Arizona. There I discovered my love of illustration and painting, developing a life dream of becoming a children’s book illustrator. Frida Kahlo and Mark Ryden became my new inspirations. In May of 2007 I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Painting and Drawing. In 2008 I married my wonderful husband, Jeff Keeme. Together we own two companies here in Tucson. In 2011 we welcomed our son Adam and in 2013 our son Zachary. We also have a beautiful Golden Retriever named Bailey. Learn more about me