Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale.

August 14th is National Creamsicle Day!

My grandparents grew up during the Depression. Gram was raised on a farm. There were many days that they ate what she named “Depression Soup,” which consisted of noodles, onions, and baked beans. Food played a big part in their lives, and subsequently ours, until they died. Not a week went by without having at least one family meal at Gram and Gramps’s house. Gram went food shopping three to four times a week. She believed she needed to keep the pantries stocked as if she ran a supermarket. One could actually shop at their house, but my grandparent’s generosity in giving away food was a common practice. 

So, where do creamsicles come in? As a grandchild, I fondly remember that in their basement stood “The Freezer.” As kids, if we heard we could get something from “the freezer” it was likened to someone winning the lottery. It was always stocked with ice cream (many times by the gallon), sherbet, ice cream sandwiches, every popsicle that you can imagine, fudgesicles, and CREAMSICLES, my favorite. Gram had a sweet tooth (in fact she told us that Gramps “wooed” her with fudgesicles); it is not just coincidence that her grandchildren inherited that sweet tooth.

Grandparenting, at least in the eyes of us grandchildren, was all about the provision of sweet treats. If you skinned your knee, a popsicle would heal the scrape quicker. If you swallowed water in the pool, you got a fudgesicle when you got out. When it was time to listen to a story about growing up on a farm—you grabbed an ice cream sandwich to eat while you listened. It was Thursday—a perfect day some ice cream? There was no reason not to share treats with us.

For me, my reward for behaving or a bribe to stop crying was a creamsicle, as both of my grandparents knew creamsicles were my favorite. I was stung by a bee—got a creamsicle. I showed them a great report card from school—celebrated with a creamsicle. I lost my Barbie’s shoe—a creamsicle made it better. I finished my lunch—got a creamsicle. I didn’t finish my lunch—got a creamsicle. I know it may sound crazy, but I felt like they offered me a bit of love every time they made sure they had them on hand for me. They knew what would make me smile, brighten my day, or get me to stop pouting by simply using my favorite treat.

As an adult, I realize how much they wanted to make us happy and how they knew it was the “little things” that would do so. To this day, I cannot eat a creamsicle without thinking of them and/or sharing the sweet memories of why creamsicles hold a special place in my heart and on my tongue.

My grandmother died in 1986; my grandfather died in 1995. Not a day goes by without wishing they were still here today, to tell me about life on a farm, how fudgesicles helped convince Gram that Gramps was the one for her, to share some creamsicles with me…

Celebrate National Creamsicle Day with me!

Do you have a “creamsicle” story to share?

Thank you, Kimberly for sharing your amazing story with us! For Creamsicle lovers everywhere,make sure to get yourself a Creamsicle today!!


kimbery starakA BIT ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kimberly Sentek has spent her entire life telling stories—so much so that her parents swear she was born talking. A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Kimberly received a bachelor’s degree in English Liberal Arts from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey). She has worked in publishing and market research, and now works for local government.

Kimberly is owned by two cockapoos, Nico and Tugger. Her first book, Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale, is the story of how her two “boys” became brothers. She hopes to continue writing a series of books about her two furry children where both main characters tell their sides of the same story.

You can learn more about her (and Nico and Tugger) at


Where to connect with Kimberly Sentek:
@kimberlysentek on Twitter


(On my site I am going to put recipes for creamsicle pie and possibly a creamsicle martini.)


Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale.OH BROTHER! A NICO AND TUGGER TALE



Genre: Children’s Book


  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford (October 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466942878
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466942875


Book Description(Amazon)


October 3, 2012


Two stories in one – double the reading fun! Meet Nico and Tugger, two dogs that became brothers. Their story is an endearing and fun look at sibling rivalry. – from two points of view.

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iTunes interactive app of the book:!/id639108492?ls=1&mt=8


Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale.~GIVEAWAY ALERT~

(Sponsored by the author)

Thanks to the author we are offering 2 print copies as well as 2 digital copies of this title. Yes, 4 winners. YOU MUST tell us rather you prefer print or digital in your comment AND answer the following question: Do you have a “creamsicle” story to share?

Giveaway is open internationally! Giveaway will run from  August 14 until August 21, 2013.



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Thanks everyone, please spread the word on this delightful Children’s Book!



  1. Oh my goodness! Did someone say Creamsicles? I adore them. As a child, that would be my favorite “go to” treat if I had a choice. I remember when the Ice Cream Man came around every day in the summertime and I would always buy a Creamsicle. Yummy!

    Your children’s book is adorable. I’m always interested in books for children. I loved reading to my children, students in the school library and now my own grandchildren. My daughter is a Kindergarten teacher and we enjoy discussing children’s books. Getting children interested in books and loving to read gives them a lifelong love. Three cheers for books!

    1. Hi, Connie:

      Whenever the ice cream truck would come around I also would look for creamsicles, no matter what was on the truck!

      Thank you so much for your compliment about my book. It was inspired by my two dogs, who act like kids! I am working on turning stories about them into a series where each will get to tell his side of the story.

      I was lucky that I had parents who read to me, so not only did they instill a love of books in me at an early age, but also an appreciation for the time they spent with me. Reading is one way people can bond, no matter the age.

      If you would like to see pictures of the real Nico and Tugger, download puzzles that correspond to the book or coloring pages, and/or get a recipe for creamsicle pie, please visit my website,

      I hope you have a great weekend!


  2. I enjoyed your wonderful post which reawakened my summers when I was young. Creamsicles were always a great treat during the long, hot summers our family went for long walks and enjoyed the creamsicles each evening. Love to win this print book for my grandson. Wishing you the best of happiness.

    1. Hi, Pearl:

      I am happy to read that the post made you think of summers while you were growing up. Perhaps it even inspired you to eat one this summer! If you're interested in a recipe for creamsicle pie, which is easy to make, please stop by the blog on my website,

      Good luck with the contest! I hope you have a great weekend.


  3. Creamsicles and ice cream sandwiches were our favorite indulgences for our summer holidays. Never could resist them. It is always refreshing to read about a new author, the book and experiences with such wholesome things as creamsicles. It would be very special to receive the print book since I could read it to my granddaughter whose love of books is always gratifying. Best wishes.

    1. Hi, Ellie:

      My grandparents always gave us ice cream sandwiches, too. If we were lucky, we were able to get two treats at one time from them! If you are interested in a recipe for creamsicle pie, please visit the blog on my website, It's easy to make, and perhaps it's something you would like to share with your granddaughter.

      Thank you for your comments. I really believe all the "little things" that we experience shape us into the people we become. I wouldn't trade the experiences we had with my grandparents for anything. My only wish is that we could have had more time with them.

      Good luck with the contest. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  4. I do. Many years ago when my children were young and their cousins visited us during the summer we captured a photo of the 4 kids sitting on the porch enjoying their creamsicles. This was a tradition which was very popular. The print book would be a treasure for my daughter since she is a real little reader.

    1. Hi, Diane:

      What an awesome photo that must be. Did you take a picture every year like that?

      A recipe for creamsicle pie is on the blog on my website, It's easy to make and enjoyed by all who like creamsicles. Perhaps your children would enjoy it.

      Good luck with the contest. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  5. Every Friday night was special treat night. An ice cream truck would come around about 7 pm and my Mom gave us money to get an ice cream. I would always picked creamsicle…. My kitchen is the same color us a creamsicle… A print book would be awesome… Thank you!

    1. Hi, Karen:

      Like you, I would always pick a creamsicle from the ice cream truck, no matter how many boxes of creamsicles were at my grandparents' house. When you are in your kitchen, do you think of creamsicles?!

      If you are interested in a recipe for creamsicle pie, please check out the blog on my website, I think you may really like it.

      Good luck with the contest. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  6. I always associate ice-cream treats with the beach. Each evening after dinner we would go down to the beach to play and have dessert.

    I'd love a print copy thank you.

    1. Hi, Mary:

      Whenever we go to the boardwalk (I live in New Jersey), I always stop at this one stand, which is famous for its orange and vanilla ice cream. Now, they do combinations of other flavors, but I stick with orange and vanilla. Just thinking about it makes me want to take a ride to the boardwalk tonight!

      If you want to capture the beach feeling at home, please feel free to check out the blog on my website, I have posted a recipe for creamsicle pie.

      Good luck wi the contest. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


    1. Creamsicles were my mom’s favorite! I rememberwhen we were kids she would always have them in the freezer for us, but we knew they were really for her!

      1. Hi, Mindy:

        That is so funny. I am sure my grandmother used that tactic as well. I think she secretly didn't want us to eat the fudgesicles!

        I hope you have a great day!


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