Diane Distefano is an award-winning journalist, mother, and Nana to two adorable granddaughters. Milton is based on her snoozy, curious, snaggle-toothed rescue of the same name. As co-workers and friends, Diane and Manny shared a passion for storytelling and travel; when the world shut down in the face of the pandemic, they sought a creative outlet—and so began Milton’s Suitcase Adventure.

Title by Diane Distefano

  • by Diane Distefano

    A perfect story for early readers, picky eaters, and first-time travelers!

    Milton’s Suitcase Adventure is a fabulously furry tale about Milton the dog, whose fondness for sleeping in unusual places leads to an unplanned trip very far from home. Milton’s epic journey is a playful escape into a world where dogs can speak French, snap selfies, and learn to navigate the Paris Métro. Along the way, Milton makes new friends, samples the local cuisine, uses his wits to get out of trouble, and learns that exploring the unfamiliar can be fun. After all, trying new things is often the very best part of life!

    Featuring rhyming verse and vibrant illustrations, this feel-good story of discovery is full of surprises and giggles. Upbeat, silly, even touching, children will enjoy traveling by plane, train, and taxi as Milton takes on new experiences and learns that there’s so much more to life than snoozing. Parents and educators will appreciate the lessons of kindness, resourcefulness, resilience, and adaptability—important qualities that Milton must rely on to ultimately find his way back home. Join adorable Milton the mutt, Gigi the French Poodle, and friends, as they explore the fabulous City of Lights (between naps, of course).