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Can I Keep Them? I Mean…May I Pease? A New Children’s Book

My first children’s book, Can I Keep Them? I Mean…May I Please, was published in November although it was not actually available for sale until two days before Christmas. A  few weeks later Michael Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury, was published ahead of time and immediately became a best seller on the New York Times list! Oh, for just a fraction of…

Can I Keep Them? I Mean…May I Please? is Published by Salt Water Media.

Oh well. Here is a synopsis:

Little Owen has a dilemma: After rescuing two kittens in a nearby wooded area of the neighborhood, his fathers have told him that he may keep only one. But which one? Owen loves both Izzy and Whitey. The boy learns about caring for pets as well as civic responsibility for feral cats in the neighborhood. He also gets to know his neighbor, the mean Mrs. Williams. Ironically, it is through their developing friendship that Mrs. Williams and Owen share secrets that lead him to decide which kitten he should keep. Bruce K. Hanson, the author and illustrator of this charming children’s book, spins a child’s tale intended for sensitive and open-minded parents and their children. The readers will delight in the surprises of the story, and the endearing watercolor illustrations that accompany the text.

I have written this child’s tale for children with same-sex parents and same-sex partners and their children. My approach was to make the gay fathers simply a natural occurrence and the focus of the story.

I hope that you might investigate my new book. I also illustrated it with water-color paintings.  It was published by Salt Water Media. Stephanie Fowler, who owns the publishing company, is an amazing  publisher. I met her when she interviewed me on her podcast after my book, For the Record: Confessions of Vinyl-Soundtrack Junkie was published in 2016.  Here is a link to Amazon.com where Can I Keep Them is selling from $15.99 to $19.99.


And here is a link to Barnes and Noble where it is selling for $12.99.


Thanks for looking and Happy New Year!





One thought on “Can I Keep Them? I Mean…May I Pease? A New Children’s Book

  1. Dear Mr. Hanson,
    Congratulations on your new book. I am writing in respect though to your earlier study on Peter Pan.
    I am presently completing a monograph for the University of Massachusetts Press, entitled Faraway Women and The Atlantic Monthly. One chapter is about the African American writer Juanita Harrison, who wrote a travel memoir edited by Mildred Morris in Paris, in 1931. Morris had starred as Wendy in 1905, and your book includes a photograph of her with Maude Adams. I hope to reproduce this photo in my own book. Do you own the rights to this image? If not, would you know to whom I can write to try to get permission?
    Thank you very much for any assistance you can give me.
    Best wishes,
    Cathryn Halverson

    Posted by Cathryn Halverson | September 27, 2018, 5:27 AM

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