Heyer writes first youngsters’s ebook ‘Popcorn the Penguin’ | Leisure


NOWATA – A penguin named Popcorn and zoo-loving little lady named Annie Ray develop into buddies in Cherokee Nation citizen Marquis D. Heyer’s “Popcorn the Penguin.”

Heyer’s first youngsters’s ebook, revealed in 2021, is beginning to achieve traction amongst youth and oldsters alike.

Heyer, a printed creator of poetry and quick tales has been writing for 25 years and has now ventured into youngsters’s books, which is one thing he’s lengthy needed to strive. 

“I challenged myself to jot down a youngsters’s ebook as a result of I used to be extra comfy writing for adults,” he stated. 

Heyer’s inspiration for his new ebook got here from a long-time love of the small flightless birds. 

“I’ve at all times appreciated penguins,” he stated. “Simply each time I am going to the zoo, I’m like a bit child. I’ll inform my buddies if I get misplaced on the zoo you understand the place to search out me. However I believed this can be a enjoyable little ebook to start out engaged on.”

That is Heyer’s first ebook utilizing an illustrator and is a self-published ebook. The illustrations, by Russel Wayne, present the adventures of Annie Ray and Popcorn.

“It’s about a bit penguin named Popcorn. And there’s a bit lady named Annie Ray and she or he loves the zoo. They’ve an exhibit the place Popcorn is being born…they usually’re looking for a reputation. The zoo’s having a contest and she or he finally ends up successful. So, she’s all excited.”

Heyer stated as Annie Ray is visiting the penguin attraction, some popcorn falls out of her costume pocket, is discovered by Popcorn and ultimately results in his identify. 

“Within the ebook, there’s like hints of popcorn in every single place,” Heyer stated. “She goes to feeding him fish and stuff she had in her costume pocket. She nonetheless has some popcorn that has fallen into her pocket. So when she leans right down to pet him the popcorn falls out after which he finds it.”

Heyer stated the suggestions from his ebook has been nice amongst coworkers’ youngsters and native faculty and daycare organizations sharing the ebook with college students. 

“I’ve had individuals like a few of my buddies that reside in several cities they’ve despatched me photos…of the child’s reactions,” he stated. “There was a woman that works right here at a neighborhood daycare and she or he discovered that I had a ebook. So she ordered it they usually did a complete massive ‘thanks’ poster, they usually did a complete week of classes over penguins.”

Heyer is engaged on his second youngsters’s ebook involving a raccoon. “Popcorn the Penguin” may be discovered on amazon.com and lulu.com.


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