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Paperback 9″x 10″
29 pages with color illustrations
ISBN 978-1-938883-7-81

Hardbound 9″x 10″
29 pages with color illustrations
ISBN 978-1-63381-191-1

The Tennis Ball Trees

by Christopher Lockwood
Illustrated by Kathleen Fox

This is a whimsical story about a chocolate Labrador Retriever’s love of tennis balls. It’s a short story with a surprise ending.


Christopher Lockwood loves tennis and would bring used tennis balls home to Fannie, his chocolate Labrador Retriever, who was the inspiration for this story. When his children were younger, he enjoyed reading bedtime stories to them, but sometimes he fell asleep reading the longer stories. The kids would call downstairs, “Mom, Dad fell asleep again.” It’s fitting that his first children’s book is lighthearted and very short!
Lockwood served as executive director of the Maine Municipal Association from 1979–2015. He published his second book, Why the Cane? in 2019, the thirtieth anniversary of a devastating accident.
Lockwood is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Washington. He served three years as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He has four adult children and eleven grandchildren and lives in Hallowell, Maine.


Kathleen Fox is an artist, writer and professor living and working in coastal Maine.

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