Westside Pioneer family members collaborate on children’s adventure book
The Westside Pioneer has branched into book publishing - starting with a children's novel written by the family that puts the newspaper out.
Available in paperback, “The Quest for Bunny Island” is a 222-page adventure on the highways and high seas, aimed at children but also geared for younger teens and parents who read to their kids.
“Welcome to the world of Bunny Island, where luck and fate bring together a group of talking animals, who decide they need a place of their own,” reads a “teaser” on the back page. “But where is such a place? None of them know, and their plucky - and sometimes hilarious - efforts to find it put them unintentionally on the wrong side of the law as well as a unique assortment of villains.”
The authors are Pioneer publishers Kenyon and Therese Jordan, with their older son Travers (who owns the Westside-based Techno Guy Computers and drew all but one of the book's 13 pictures - Therese did the other) and younger son Rioux (a 2011 Coronado High graduate, now a political science major at Colorado State University).
The name, “Bunny Island,” may be familiar to Pioneer readers, as a rabbitry that advertises in the paper. That rabbitry is actually a hobby for Therese, who happily borrowed the Bunny Island monicker about 10 years ago, based on games that had typically been played by Kenyon, Travers and Rioux.
“It was when the boys were a lot younger and a box of stuffed animals could spark one adventure after the next, that the idea gradually formed to write a book pulling together the stories that were played... stories about a faraway place called “Bunny Island,” reads part of the book's introduction by Kenyon.
For now paperback copies are available only through the newspaper. The price is $11.95, plus sales tax. The scheduled printing date is mid-September. Advance orders can be taken by calling 471-4143 or e-mailing Therese at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also being set up is a website that will display the graphics in color, provide sales information, random news and… yes, pages devoted to the Bunny Island Rabbitry.
Started by the Jordans in 2004, the Westside Pioneer is a free, weekly newspaper with a circulation of more than 5,000 readers. The paper covers news on the Colorado Springs Westside (defined as west of I-25, north of Cheyenne/ Broadmoor, east of Manitou Springs and south of Garden of the Gods Road).
Archived stories and photos can be found at the website: westsidepioneer.com.
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