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Bergen County New Jersey resident and stay-at-home dad Vernon D. Gibbs II has released his first children’s book, a 36 page fully-illustrated adventure titled When Good Fruit Goes Bad.
A collaboration with his cousin Steven T. Gray through Cuzzos Publishing and Media, When Good Fruit Goes Bad is a story about friendly neighborhood grocer Hank Huckleberry, who loves to sell only the freshest fruits and veggies to his customers. But when some bad fruit decide to take over his store in protest, Hank, with the help of his good friend Sarah Sweets, finds a way to make the fruit happy again.
It is a story about finding new and exciting ways to eat healthy, but more importantly, it is about knowing your worth and that you have value, despite some bumps and bruises that might keep you from looking and feeling “perfect”. When Good Fruit Goes Bad is about seeing one’s value, even if you have to work a bit harder to find it in yourself and others.
The story was inspired by an incident Vernon had with his son several years ago. Justin wanted throw out a banana that was brown, bruised and a bit overripe. Dad stepped in to stop him from doing so, telling him that banana could still be used in a smoothie (which he made and loved). From there, a story grew about eating healthy, creating less waste and how we all sometimes struggle or don’t bother to try to find value in ourselves and each other. In a time when more and more kids and adults are struggling with self-doubt and hopelessness, this message of hope and rooting for the underdog is needed.
The lessons of When Good Fruit Goes Bad can be used as a starting point for parents, guardians and educators alike to start discussions around wellness of both body and mind, speaking up for yourself, caring about the health of others, and much more.
You can see a short trailer for the book at https://youtu.be/qBOGvXzzSOc
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When Good Fruit Goes Bad in the Media
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• City Dads Group: When Good Fruit Goes Bad Aims to Teach Kids About Inner Worth
• Digitdaddyo: When Good Fruit Goes Bad book review
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• Superkids Nutrition: When Good Fruit Goes Bad book review
Articles written by Vernon D. Gibbs II
The Washington Post
The City Dads Group
Families of Multiples
The Good Men Project
About the authors and illustrators of When Good Fruit Goes Bad:
Vernon D. Gibbs II has been a stay-at-home dad since 2015, having spent his years before working in marketing and most recently at his alma mater Columbia University, where he earned his BA in Architecture in 2000. He has 5-year-old boy/girl twins and a 7-year-old son and his wife is an MD and works in child mental health. He writes for his own blog www.coolminivandad.com and for a number of online websites including Families of Multiples , City Dads Group, and the Washington Post. You can find a full listing of his past articles at https://coolminivandad.com/media/ He also likes to act silly and teach lessons around science and technology as Dr Professor and Captain Vernon on his YouTube Channels Playing and Learning and coolminivandad . You can follow him on Instagram @coolminivandad
Steven Gray is a visual artist and illustrator living in Raleigh North Carolina. He attended The School of Art and Design in New York. In addition to children’s book illustration, he has created commissioned artwork ranging from traditional portraiture, animation, cartooning and logo creation for individuals, organizations and businesses.
for more about Vernon Gibbs, go to https://goodnewsplanet.com/what-does-peave-mean-to-vernon-gibbs-ii/
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