Author, illustrator partner for children's book

Kathy Bunse from Cosby, Missouri, is an author that joined with artist Ashton Markt from Oregon, Missouri, to complete the children’s book titled “Sadie Comes to Stay.” The events in the book center on the new adoption of an older rescue dog named Sadie who will be moving into a home.

Kathy Bunse from Cosby, Missouri, is an author that joined with artist Ashton Markt from Oregon, Missouri, to complete the children’s book titled “Sadie Comes to Stay.” The events in the book center on the new adoption of an older rescue dog named Sadie who will be moving into a home.

A local author and illustrator have partnered to create a children’s book that highlights the importance of friendship and adjusting to change using the bond between humans and dogs. Kathy Bunse from Cosby, Missouri, is an author that joined with artist Ashton Markt from Oregon, Missouri, to complete the book that is aimed for children in the third and fourth grade. The 36-page book titled “Sadie Comes to Stay” was released in June. It was published by Amazing Things Press owned by Julie Casey in Union Star, Missouri. She can publish books for adults or children. “While the children’s book is written at a third and fourth grade reading level, the test readers told me that younger children would like to hear the story and it could hold their interest because there are 12 of Ashton’s drawings in it,” Bunse said. “The 12 illustrations add life to the story.”

A local author and illustrator have partnered to create a children’s book that highlights the importance of friendship and adjusting to change using the bond between humans and dogs.

Kathy Bunse from Cosby, Missouri, is an author that joined with artist Ashton Markt from Oregon, Missouri, to complete the book that is aimed for children in the third and fourth grade.

The 36-page book titled “Sadie Comes to Stay” was released in June. It was published by Amazing Things Press owned by Julie Casey in Union Star, Missouri. She can publish books for adults or children.

“While the children’s book is written at a third and fourth grade reading level, the test readers told me that younger children would like to hear the story and it could hold their interest because there are 12 of Ashton’s drawings in it,” Bunse said. “The 12 illustrations add life to the story.”

The main character in the book is a girl in elementary school named Grace and her dog Sophie who is an American Eskimo Dog. The events in the book center on the new adoption of an older rescue dog named Sadie who will be moving into the home.

The book comes with a friendship quiz and pages that encourage children to write or draw what qualities they look for in a friend.

Bunse said during the process of making the book, she was able to combine her love of children and dogs into the same project.

Bunse said the dogs in the book are patterned after her own. She has one retired therapy dog and one active therapy dog. She is a member of the Pony Express Therapy Dogs group which is affiliated with the MU Extension Service of Buchanan County.

In addition, she worked with special needs students for 11 years in the St. Joseph School District.

Markt is a graphic designer from Oregon that does art projects, drawings and works with area monument companies to do etchings for headstones. She has a degree in art with a specialization in graphic design from Northwest Missouri State University.

She used colored pencil to create the illustrations.

“I was excited to work with Kathy on this book because I’m a big animal lover too,” Markt said. “It was a fun subject matter to get to draw. I always enjoy taking someone else’s ideas and turning them into a visual representation.”

The cost of the book is $8. The book is available for sale at Amazon books at https://www.amazon.com.au/Sadie-Comes-Stay-Kathy-Bunse/dp/1949830144.

The book is on display at All Creatures Animal Hospital in St. Joseph. The book has also been added to the collection at the East Hills Library and the downtown branch in St. Joseph.

In addition, the book can be purchased by contacting Bunse by email at kathybunse@gmail.com.

Ashton Markt can be contacted by phone at 660-491-2519 or she can be found online at www.artbyashtoncapri.com.