By Kadi Tubbs
Special to Live Local! magazine
Anthony Pesce got the idea to write a book in 2012 when his son Jacob, then one and a half, got all dressed up in firefighter gear and brought him a book to read at bedtime.
Books and pajamas go hand in hand, Pesce says. So he decided to write a book about magical pajamas, ones that children put on to help them go to sleep, and then they can be on their way to wild adventures. The book bundle includes a set of pajamas so kids will want to get ready for bed and go to sleep faster, Pesce says.
He hopes the book brings families together and makes reading fun, so kids will want to read more.
“The Adventures of the Magical Pajamas” gets kids thinking about what they want to be when they grow up, says Pesce, 25. The book is about firefighters because that’s what he wanted to be when he was little, but more books are in the works, with a police officer, chef, doctor and a zoo keeper as the main characters.
“If you dream it, you can be it. Dream big and anything can happen is the motto of all the books,” says Pesce, who lives in New Port Richey with wife Lizza and sons Jacob and Austin. “Lots of kids are never told they can be anything they want to be. These books let them dream big.”
Pesce works with his dad managing a ceiling business and self-published the book ($17.99 alone or $34.99 with the pajamas), which is illustrated by Marnie Faxon and available at local shops and at PajamaAdventures.com.
Kadi Tubbs is vice president of marketing at Trust Business Services in Largo.
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