Book Giveaway and Excerpt: The Adventures of Phatty and Payaso: Central Park

Dear KOM-ers! We’re so happy to feature a new book giveaway!

Please enjoy this excerpt from “The Adventures of Phatty and Payaso: Central Park” by Marie Unanue.

There are 2 ways to enter to win your FREE copy (US residents only):

  1. Leave a comment below with your email address (so we can contact you)
  2. Email us at with the Subject: The Adventures of Phatty and Payaso giveaway entry

Winner will also receive a “Swag Box” that includes little toys, specially printed tissue paper and custom character cards – great gift for the kiddos!

Winner will be randomly selected on 12/11/18 and announced on our website and social media. *

Phatty the cat loves nothing more than spending his days balanced atop his favorite chair gazing out his windows at Central Park below. Everything is simply fan-tabby-lous until one day when the meanest hawk in the park lands on his terrace and makes a terrifying announcement that he is coming for Phatty and his furry little friends.

When Phatty decides he is tired of being a scaredy-cat, he jumps into a laundry bag and escapes to Central park to stop Crawler the bully hawk once and for all. But his unplanned operation goes horribly wrong when he finds himself alone and lost in the park. When his best friend, Payaso, realizes his partner in crime is missing, he teams up with several animals to find Phatty. As the band of furry pas set out on a hilarious journey, they quickly realize that if they put aside their differences and work together, it might just be enough to save a lovable undercat and each other.

Through “The Adventures of Phatty and Payaso: Central Park,” child readers learn about good behavior and how to treat people with kindness. Kids can identify with a character’s fear or insecurity and experience the feeling of achievement when the character overcomes it. This is not just a book about an adventure in Central Park, it is a book about kindness, character and overcoming obstacles. Like the best children’s content, though, these books have fun “inside jokes” for the parents reading along, with puns and pop culture references for those older bedside readers.


Max Brower balanced his stack of quarters on the back of his hand perfectly while he stood in the lobby of his building debating how he would spend his allowance once inside the park: ice cream, hot dog, or pretzel. He was almost through the fourth grade, and summer couldn’t come quickly enough. Today he’d only had a half day of school, which made him long even more for those hot, long, lazy days of July and August when he spent hours exploring the park. The less time at school, the better! Not because he didn’t love his teachers or learning, but because he had a tough time making friends with the other kids.

Max was “very special” – at least that’s what he overhead the teachers and doctors say sometimes. He knew special actually meant different, and he was okay with that. What he wasn’t okay with was how the other kids made him feel. It was bad enough that Max had flaming-red hair and snow-white skin, with long, lean, gangly legs that knocked when he ran. Max wasn’t great in sports; he couldn’t act or sing; he couldn’t draw or paint. Come to think of it, Max didn’t have one talent that made him stand out – aside from his ability to hear and see things very differently from anyone else in his class.

While others saw another kid crying as an opportunity to tease that classmate, Max always saw an opportunity to offer help or just listen. Others would see a spider or bug in the classroom and rush to kill it, while Max would help save the insect – or arachnid – and resettle it back into nature. Max couldn’t always use words to express what he wanted or thought, but to his credit, in his own unique way, he always figured out how to communicate through his actions. To express love and kindness, he would offer a hug. To express his interest in getting to know someone, he would offer a wave or flash his smile. He seldom spoke at home, let alone at school or on the playground, where he was the most intimidated. Unfortunately, other kids found his actions off-putting, and his lack of conversation despite warm smiles and waves confused them.


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Marie Unanue has always been an avid reader and an activist for children who are bullied. As a kindness advocate, she hopes to inspire children across the world to remember to always treat each other with kindness and compassion. Marie resides with her husband Andy and their animals in NYC and Mantoloking, NJ. Visit her at

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