Dear Readers ~
It is INCREDIBLY rare that I will straight-up share a press release with you, but this one I have deemed incredibly important and worthy of its own post. I have read a digital copy of this book, and given the vital message it is bringing to our youth, and given that the press release says everything I would say anyway, I am sharing it with you verbatim.
Please take a minute and read about this new picture book, and if able, purchase a copy of the book. Showing support for our LGBTQ youth is of the upmost importance in today’s political climate.
LIBRARIAN NOTE: This book blatantly speaks out against our Vice President Mike Pence and not-so-subtly speaks out against our current President. If you are a teacher or school librarian, you will need to decide whether this is a book you are able to share in a school setting, or if it is a title can support through personal purchase and sharing with children in your own life. I will be purchasing it for my home library.
Chronicle Books and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo
100% of Last Week Tonight’s proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project and AIDS United.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, March 18, 2018― A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo is a children’s picture book that imagines the story of Marlon Bundo, the Bunny of the United States (BOTUS), who meets the bunny of his dreams.
Published by Chronicle Books in collaboration with the hit HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the book is being released, coincidentally, the day before Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President, a different picture book written by Charlotte Pence, the Vice President’s daughter, and illustrated by his wife, Karen Pence. Instead of following around the Vice President, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo follows a day in the life of the BOTUS, as he falls in love with another bunny, Wesley. The two decide to wed, only to be told by the Stink Bug in charge that same‐sex marriage is not allowed. When Marlon, Wesley and their supportive animal community realize that they can choose who is in charge of their society, they vote out the Stink Bug and the couple is married surrounded by their friends. With its message of tolerance and advocacy this children’s picture book beautifully explores issues of marriage equality and democracy.
“We were lucky enough to get the call,” said Sarah Malarkey, Executive Editorial Director at Chronicle Books. “Because we wholeheartedly agree with the message of inclusiveness, we leapt at the chance to partner with the hilarious and brave team at Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”
“This book has an important message for all LGBTQ youth: That they are worthy of love and should be proud of who they are. That’s a message we can all believe in,” said Amit Paley, the CEO of The Trevor Project. “We are so grateful to be the beneficiary of books sold. The funds raised through the sales of this book will help us continue to operate our 24/7 life‐saving services for LGBTQ youth.”
“We are so grateful to all those involved in the development of this story, and on behalf of the 1.1 million people living with and at risk for HIV in the U.S., we thank them for their generous support,” said AIDS United CEO Jesse Milan, Jr. “By celebrating Marlon Bundo’s differences, the book’s authors have created a powerful tool for teaching young people the value of diversity.”
The audiobook version of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, read by Jim Parsons with special guests Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, Ellie Kemper, John Lithgow, Jack McBrayer, and RuPaul, is available on Audible.
To see tonight’s segment of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, please visit: youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight (this is NOT appropriate for viewing by children – skip to about 15:00 to just see the part about the book)
The book can be purchased at betterbundobook.com and chroniclebooks.com as well as Amazon..
About the Book
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo By Marlon Bundo with Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller ISBN: 978‐1‐4521‐7380‐1Jacketed hardcover, 10 x10 in, 40 pages, full‐color illustrations throughout $18.99 US
About the Author
Marlon Bundo is a very fun bunny who recently relocated to Washington, D.C. from his home in Indiana.
He enjoys hopping through the garden, eating all his vegetables, and hula‐hooping.
About The Trevor Project
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®‐winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13‐24. For more information, visit thetrevorproject.org.
About AIDS United
AIDS United’s mission is to end the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. through strategic grant‐making, capacity building, formative research and policy. AIDS United works to ensure access to life‐saving HIV/AIDS care and prevention services and to advance sound HIV/AIDS‐related policy for U.S. populations and communities most impacted by the epidemic. To date, our strategic grant‐making initiatives have directly funded more than $104 million to local communities and have leveraged more than $117 million in additional investments for programs that include, but are not limited to HIV prevention, access to care, capacity building, harm reduction and advocacy. For more information, visit http://www.aidsunited.org.
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