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Publisher Reviews


Splash Magazines

Book Expo America 2014 - Show Surprises Again This Year

Michele Caprario, Splash Magazines Los Angeles, June 24, 2014

Major "animal alert" joy was provided by New World Library who were promoting Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors by Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of the American Humane Association and Allen & Linda Anderson.

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Publishers Weekly

About Animal Actors

Wendy Werris, Publishers Weekly, May 31, 2014

From Joey in War Horse to the wolves in Game of Thrones, Robin Ganzert and Allen and Linda Anderson's Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors (New World Library, Sept.) unveils the secrets behind the dogs, cats horses, and birds that have been entertaining film and television audiences for decades.

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Insights into World of Animal Actors

Ernie Slone | Posted: August 27, 2014, 11 a.m. PST

You can take a look behind the curtain, and see how the magic is made by trainers and TV and film producers, thanks to "Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors,’’ a new book being published in partnership with the American Humane Association.

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Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors
Robin Ganzert, Allen Anderson, & Linda Anderson
$22.95 P, ISBN 978-1-60868-263-8
New World Library

Your customers will be delighted by this behind-the-scenes look at some of their favorite animal movie stars. In addition to providing a firsthand glimpse into the celebrity lives of working animals, too-cute photos of these stars, and quotes from many of their human co-stars, the book is full of helpful hints for at-home animal training. The trainers share their insight into things like incorporating new pets into the family, getting into your pet’s head, dealing with negative behavior, determining the best reward system, what to do when training fails, and the first trick you should teach your dog.

It’s particularly heartwarming to read all the celebrity endorsements, witnessing to and validating, the safe and humane treatment of animals in the entertainment industry. And that’s the real purpose of the book as far as these authors are concerned. They are all animal advocates who want to insure the ongoing safe and humane treatment of animals everywhere.

This will make a great spontaneous purchase for end-of-summer vacationers, as well as a terrific gift item for the approaching holiday season.

Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors
Anderson, Allen (Author) and Anderson, Linda (Author) and Ganzert, Robin (Author)
Sep 2014. 256 p. New World Library, hardcover, $22.95. (9781608682638). 791.8.

Ganzert, the president of the American Humane Association, along with Angel Animals Network founders Allen and Linda Anderson, has compiled a delightful behind-the-scenes glimpse into how trainers are able to coax performances out of animal actors, from horses to bears, dogs to cats, snakes to maggots. The trainers of such recognizable film stars as beautiful Joey, who portrayed Finder in War Horse, and the charming Jack Russell terrier, Uggie, who stole the show in The Artist, share their stories of managing animals on set, coaxing their stellar performances, and rewarding them for jobs well done. Bonny, the shihtzu who played a crucial role in Seven Psychopaths, did not respond to typical motivators such as food or toys, so her trainer had to find alternate ways to motivate her. Animals are not immune to diva demands, either: Casey the bear, who appeared in Back to the Future, had to have Kentucky Fried Chicken while working. Animal lovers will revel in these fun tales of animal actors and will be gratified by the AHA’s determination to keep them safe.

– Kristine Huntley

Robin Ganzert’s New Book “Animal Stars” Gives a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Your Favorite Animal Actors
October 2, 2014 by

Ever wonder how Mr. Jinx (a.k.a. Charlie) learned to miraculously flush a toilet in Meet the Fockers? How the actors and film crew dealt with 300 real Snakes on a Plane? From Joey the horse in War Horse to the wolves in Game of Thrones, what the public sees onscreen is just the beginning.

AHA CEO Robin Ganzert has been hard at work on a new book, “Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors“ (New World Library/Sept. 25, 2014).

ANIMAL STARS reveals the tireless work and heartwarming stories of the trainers, actors, directors and, of course, the dogs, cats, horses and hundreds of wild animal actors in their behind-the-scenes glory. A portion of the proceeds will aid the AHA.

ANIMAL STARS includes tales about:

Pinky and Richard Dent (Mr. Poppers Penguins) – the onscreen lovable penguins whose naturally suspicious instincts had to be overcome and whose off-camera digs included sleeping in a private frozen warehouse complete with a giant swimming pool

Casey the Bear (Beverly Hillbillies, Evan Almighty) – the hilarious bear who insisted on a daily KFC delivery (Original Recipe – no other brand would do), and who refused to work in the rain – forcing production to accommodate his schedule.

Hightower the brilliant horse who won America’s hearts as the star of the Horse Whisperer and took his job so seriously, he earned an Actors Equity Card and could tell the difference between rehearsals and real takes.



Robin Ganzert and Crystal the Capuchin talk Animal Stars on “Home & Family” on Hallmark Channel
Robin Ganzert and Bonny from Seven Psychopaths discuss the book on “The Conn Jackson Show”

Fox & Friends: Behind the scenes with Animal Actors
Fox4News: Robin Ganzert with Animal Star "Hudson"

Celebrity dog and animal advocate visit Brighter Mornings | Las Vegas
Robin Ganzert and Robin Ganzert and movie star Mr. Jinx discuss "Animal Stars" on “Better TV”

Robin Ganzert discusses Animal Stars book on Great Day Houston