WESTWOOD, N.J. – Westwood children's author John Potestivo didn't celebrate his first release, "There's Good in Every Bunny," with a bookstore signing.
He did it at his home.
"I must have kissed a hundred faces and shook a hundred hands," the grateful 23-year-old author told Daily Voice. "I was always a bit shy. I'm thankful that my parents have so many wonderful friends."
Potestivo has four unpublished works that explore important themes as told through the experience of an animal main character -- a parrot, a raccoon, a pug, and a whale.
"I choose characters that do the opposite of what they are expected to do," Potestivo said. "The parrot focuses on independent thinking. The pug on ableism – discrimination against physically disabled people. The whale story is about death and the raccoon story is about letting go of material attachments."
The theme of "There's Good in Every Bunny" is racial discrimination.
"The rabbit is wrongfully accused of stealing food and he has to prove to a vindictive farmer that there is good in every bunny," he said.
His aunt Angela Parrino's children's novels inspired him, Potestivo said.
"I liked her work and I tried to emulate it, but with my own style," he said.
Although he's currently pursuing a master's degree in special education at Ramapo College, Potestivo hopes "There's Good in Every Bunny" launches a career.
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