Beloved Dearly, The

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by Doug Cooney

Ernie Castellano, fast-talking wheeler-dealer kid, has come up with his greatest idea yet: pet funerals! With his pals Dusty (an artist in coffins) and Swimming Pool (one of the world’s great criers, an asset to any funeral she attends) Ernie creates a thriving business—and manages to land himself in more hot water than he has ever dreamed of. High-spirited, hilarious, and unexpectedly touching, The Beloved Dearly is a sparkling debut for a major new voice in books for young readers.

An actor and performance artist himself, Doug Cooney is uniquely suited to narrate this hilarious novel version of his own highly acclaimed play, which was first performed at Lincoln Center. Doug’s recent work includes a screenplay for an animated version of the classic Dr. Seuss film The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

Author Doug Cooney
Narrator Doug Cooney
Length 03 hrs and 30 mins
© Copyright 2001 Doug Cooney
℗ Audio Copyright 2002 Full Cast Audio


“The Beloved Dearly is an innovative, and funny story that will delight children of all ages (i.e., the grownups will giggle too!) This Full Cast Audio production of the story is performed by a full cast of actors that literally, bring the story to life.” — Large Print Reviews Dec 2002

“A winning group of young actors give this production a believable, spunky tone that will keep listeners tuned in.”  2002 [udesign_icon_font name=”fa fa-exclamation-circle” color=”#dd9933″ size=”1em”] Listen Up! Award — Publishers Weekly, Nov 2002 [udesign_icon_font name=”fa fa-star” color=”#dd9933″ size=”1em”] Starred Review

“This lighthearted debut novel springs to life through a high-spirited cast….” — Booklist

“Witty, clever, yet touching, this first novel has certain kid appeal.” — School Library Journal

Listen to samples from this audiobook:
  1. Chapter One: Ernie gets in trouble in the cafeteria (3:22) Doug Cooney 3:22

Meet the Cast:
Karam Anthony Tony
David Baker Red
Daniel Bostick Mr. Bridwell
Doug Cooney Narrator
Jo D’Aloisio Gina
Will Dougherty Mourner
Liam Fitzpatrick Kip
Taylor Gray Wendy
Morgan Gregory Mourner
Sweaty Lemonade Girl
Mark Holt Kirel
Jeffery Izant Rick
Jennifer Menter Mourner
Spencer Murphy Ernie
Kelly Parks Finny
Ryan Sparkes Dusty
Joe Sweeney Jeremy
Lauren Unbekant Cat Woman
Carmen Viviano-Crafts Swimming Pool
Juno Wright Dusty’s Mom
Directed by: Bruce Coville
Produced by: Daniel Bostick
Bruce Coville
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