Children’s Book Raises Funds for AIDS United, The Trevor Project
Chronicle Books, of San Francisco, has teamed with Last Week Tonight with John Oliver to bring us A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, a children’s picture book that imagines the story of Marlon, the Bunny of the United States (BOTUS), who meets the bunny of his dreams.
One-Hundred percent of Last Week Tonight’s proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project and AIDS United.
The book follows a day in the life of the BOTUS as he falls in love with another bunny, Wesley. The two decide to get married. Those hopes are temporarily dashed by the Stink Bug in charge, who informs them that same-sex marriage is illegal. When Marlon, Wesley and their supportive animal community remember that they live in a democracy and realize that they can choose to replace the Stink Bug, they vote him out—and the furry couple are wed surrounded by their family and friends. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo explores issues of marriage equality, tolerance, and democracy.
Oddly enough, the book is being released the day before Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President, a very different picture book written by Charlotte Pence, the Vice President’s daughter, and illustrated by his wife, Karen Pence.
“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,” said Sarah Malarkey, Executive Editorial Director at Chronicle Books. Echoing Malarkey’s assessment of the book, Amit Paley, the CEO of The Trevor Project, said, “This book has an important message for all LGBTQ youth: That they are worthy of love and should be proud of who they are…. We are so grateful… The funds raised through the sales of this book will help us continue to operate our 24/7 life-saving services for LGBTQ youth.” AIDS United CEO Jesse Milan, Jr., stated “By celebrating Marlon Bundo’s differences, the book’s authors have created a powerful tool for teaching young people the value of diversity.”
The book can be purchased at www.betterbundobook.com and www.chroniclebooks.com. 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 also available at www.audible.com.
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, by Marlon Bundo w/ Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller, ISBN: 978-1-4521-7380-1, Jacketed hardcover, 10×10 in., 40 pgs, full-color illustrations throughout: $18.99 US.
AIDS United’s mission is to end the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. For more information, visit www.aidsunited.org.
Founded in 1998, The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. For more information, visit www.thetrevorproject.org.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is broadcast on HBO every Sunday night at 11:00pm EST. www.hbo.com/last-week-tonight-with-john-oliver.
—Reporting by Hank Trout