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Graphic Novel Review 258/365: A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

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Title: (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents) A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

Author(s): Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss, and EG Keller

Publisher: Chronicle Books (2018)

Age Rating: All Ages

Not sure how many of you watch Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO, but if you don’t, a coupe of weeks ago, John Oliver discussed the release of a children’s book to rival the children’s book of Vice President Pence’s rabbit Marlon Bundo.  You can watch his segment on the V.P. and the book here.

It’s a longer story, but basically, Oliver is not happy about V.P. Pence’s career stance on the LGBTQ community.  The V.P.’s bunny’s children’s book tour even closed with a visit to Focus on the Family, a group that supports gay conversion therapy.  Oliver makes the argument that Pence, these days, might not be very vocal against the LGBTQ community, he still doesn’t condemn those that are, especially in their support for him.  This being evident in Focus on the Family hosting an event for Marlon Bundo’s book release.

I try not to get annoyingly political here on this blog.  But I do feel that caring for others and believing in acceptance and equality for all goes beyond politics.  If you disagree with me, then you disagree with me, but let’s face it, if you have been reading my blog, I think by now you have figured how I vote, so it’s with glee and joy that I tell you the next part of the story: Oliver and his team not only created a similar book about Marlon Bundo to come out at the same time as the Pence family bunny book, but it is about a gay bunny that finds love and gets married, and it’s been the number one best-selling book on Amazon since it came out!  Oh…and ALL the profits from the book are going to The Trevor Project and AIDS United.  You can find out more about the organizations by clicking the link attached to each name.

The book itself is cute, wonderful, timely, and fun.  I know many parents will want to avoid a conversation about homosexuality with their young children, and one thing I will not do is tell you how to raise your children, but I will say that the book is wholesome and the message of inclusion and acceptance is universal; it’s a message that we need to hear more these days.

You can get the book in a number of ways, but if you want a hard-copy, you will have to wait a bit.  They didn’t expect it to sell this well, and more need to be printed.  I got my digital copy at the Google Play store, and there is also an audio version with a ton of great voice actors!  If you get it and share it with people in your life, comment below, and tell us your story!

Happy reading!

Eric

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