“Gilly & the Snowcats would be an awesome film!”

Stéphanie Joalland, Writer & Film Director


Snowcats” is a wonderful children’s novel. It’s a gripping story about the magical power of belief, dreams, and perseverance. R.S. Bovard’s beautiful prose and imagery, his world of awe-inspiring snowscapes, feral tricksters, mystical creatures and supernatural cats will stay with you long after you finish reading the book. Like all great children’s novels it’s simple yet profound, with a powerful, universal theme that’s sure to resonate with most readers aged 8-12 years old. I’d love to see an animated film made out of this book.” – Stéphanie Joallandwriter/director with Frenzy Films currently living in Berlin. 

(Stéphanie previously worked in animated television (France) as a screenwriter and story editor. She is a graduate of the UCLA film school. Her feature film “The Quiet Hour” was released in 2015.)

Marti Erickson

"Gilly and the Snowcats is a tale for readers of any age who dare to dream big and see the word “impossible” not as a barrier, but a call to action.  Marti Erickson, Ph.D.  Director Emerita, Irving B. Harris Training Programs in Early Childhood Mental Health, University of Minnesota, Owner & co-host, Mom Enough® (, Co-founder & former chair, Children & Nature Network

"Young readers will thrill to Gilly’s harrowing and inspiring adventure and the exquisite illustrations that help bring it to life, discovering along the way profound lessons in the interdependence of all creatures, the joy and inevitable pain of living fully, and the power of quietly savoring the pursuit and fulfillment of your dreams, even when others cannot or will not see.”


Amazon Reviews for Gilly & the Snowcats

*****5 out of 5 Stars*****

"An exhilarating book for adventurers of all ages.” – “Gilly and the Snowcats” is an exhilarating book for adventurers of all ages. Like the “Golden Compass,” “Call of the Wild,” and other classic coming of age tales, “Snowcats” captures the beauty and challenge of a young person finding her way in the world, while taking on one of the greatest races of all time, the Iditarod. You will be holding your breath until the end!”–by Amazon Customer –January 3, 2017

****5 out of 5 Stars*****

“Delightful story!” – Ordering for my 4-year old great granddaughter. She's an adventurous child. It's a delightful story. I enjoyed it immensely! – by Bonita Ameson–January 30, 2017

****5 out of 5 Stars*****

"Perfect Gift for The Adventure Minded"Ordering for my 4-year old great granddaughter. She's an adventurous child. It's a delightful story. I enjoyed it immensely! –by Jonathan Waterman-February 27, 2017

****5 out of 5 Stars*****

"A good romp for kids ranging from preschool to 61”– I like how he doesn't "dumb down" the vocabulary. I am looking forward to reading to this to our grand-daughter. If you don't know what "caterwauling" means, you will by the end of the book. Nice job! – By Scott E Wolff – March 21, 2017

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