Do you have kids? Do you know a kid? If so, I’ve got the perfect book for you!
Okay, excuse the corny infomercial intro that I just used. In all seriousness though, i had to take the opportunity to talk about this wonderful book. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo was written by Jill Twiss, with the help of comedian and television host John Oliver. On his TV show, Oliver did a piece on Vice President Mike Pence, in which he highlighted Pence’s despicably homophobic views, among other glaring character flaws of the Vice President. Coincidentally, on the week that Oliver aired his piece on Pence, Charlotte Pence, the Vice President’s daughter, was having a children’s book published. This book was titled A Day in the Life of the Vice President, and focused on the Pence’s pet rabbit, Marlon Bundo. Never missing an opportunity for a good laugh, Oliver helped to publish his own children’s book about Marlon Bundo on the day before Pence’s was set to release. The big difference, however, being that in Twiss and Oliver’s book, Marlon Bundo falls in love with and marries another boy bunny. On the surface, this looks to be a blatant attempt at trolling the Vice President over his homophobia. Which, in all fairness, it is. But, also in all fairness, the book is much more than that. It tells a heartwarming story that encourages acceptance of all people, regardless of who they love. I think that is a beautiful message to send to children. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being who you are. On his show, Oliver announced that all of the proceeds from the book are being donated to The Trevor Project, which focuses on suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth, and AIDS United. These are two great causes and i would encourage everyone to help by purchasing a copy of this book.
I must confess, the book was actually published on March 18, 2018. However, as Oliver later stated on his show, they were flooded with so many orders, that there were immense delays in shipping. In fact, the book was the #1 selling book on Amazon for weeks after its publication. It still holds the #1 spot in Political Fiction, as of the writing of this article. I ordered the book two days after it was initially published. It arrived a little over one week ago. Now that it is here and I have had the chance to read it, I can say with certainty that it was well worth the wait. In fact, I intend to purchase several more copies with the intention of donating them to some sort of local charity dealing with children. Everyone should have the chance to read this fantastic book.
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