Josh's nephew's second birthday was coming up and he wanted to do something special. Instead of buying him a gift from Amazon, Josh decided to make something.
Sunita and Josh researched an extremely rare animal for every letter of the alphabet. "The Big, Little Book of Strange, Weird, Bizarrely 100% Real Animals (But Not Really)" was the result.
Sunita and Josh came up with the animals together, then Josh illustrated and designed the book while Sunita wrote the poems. As we finished up, friends who saw the book wanted copies for their kids. So far, over $5k in books have been sold.
You can see the whole book by clicking here.
Dedicated to Blake,
You can’t read this.
& Uncle Josh
Sharp teeth and scales,
Whiskers and fur,
You’ll find Alligato -
Where growl meets purr.
Whether snapping at yarn,
Or scratching the rug,
We calm her down,
With a belly rub.
I’ve got built-in Wifi,
I flash antennae too,
Allow me to introduce myself,
Moo! The name’s eMoo.
I’m quite unlike the other cows,
In fields I illuminate,
If you couldn’t milk my radio waves,
We’d never communicate.
Aye! I knew ‘em well!
The clan from Down Under,
I’m their Scot-relative: Kiltwala,
On the Highlands I wander!
Chewing eucalyptus haggis,
May nothing meant for ye,
ever go past you.
Omission, bluffs, and denial,
Dishonesty & fabrication,
Bright plumage molts from even white lies,
Feathers fall from exaggeration.
In a Latin tongue I squawk the truth,
We know where this lesson ends.
Most folks are Adversus Veritatem,
The ones that stay are friends.
Ten steps feel like a thousand,
Hurdles, relays... I take a while.
My heavy dander makes me wheeze,
Don’t even think about the mile.
My inhaler’s so embarrassing,
Used it all through 100-meter.
And because I’m part weasel,
Coach thinks that I’m just a cheater.
Josh D. Weiss