Mars Travel Agency Picture Book written by Dog Twitter Mom

In the latest from Dog Twitter, Perfect Parker (@PerfectParker4) mom Jen wrote a picture book titled Mr. McKluskie’s Mars Travel Agency, but she needs help with the editing part, because it’s quite expensive to get them printed.

To help with printing costs, there is a Kickstarter Campaign which runs until Saturday, July 10, and as of this writing, $6,774 of the $7,500 goal has been raised. It was also named a “Project We Love” by the Kickstarter team.

If you don’t know Parker yet, he’s a little three-year-old rescue pup from Columbia, Missouri, and he’s passionate about dogs with special needs, because he has one, because he suffers from a disease called cerebellar hypoplasia, which upsets its balance. He was also the cover model for the April 2020 edition of Inside Colombia magazine.

Parker is a Kansas City Chiefs fan who is a huge fan of cheese, and he also sometimes composes poetry.

Mr. McKluskie’s Mars Travel Agency is the first book in the Wacky Entrepreneur series written by Jennifer Roberts and illustrated by Brazilian artist Izabella Lessa, which will also be followed by Katie Klinghopper’s Kangaroo Zoo and Junebug Jelly Pops by Jenny Jacoby, plus at least two more as titles.

It’s due out in mid-November and would be a perfect fit for PeytonReads’ Puppy Book Club.

The Twitter-adjacent picture book for dog Mr. McKluskie’s Mars travel agency might need help with printing costs.

Roberts is a writer/photographer, who has written for local magazines before, and this is his first children’s book. It will be self-published through Kindle Direct Publishing for softcovers and e-books, and Ingram Spark for hardcovers.

Mr McKluskie operates a rather unusual travel agency between a smoothie shop and a place that sells hot tubs – he sells rocket rides to Mars. One of his first clients is Julien the photographer and a blue Mastiff named Arbuckle, who carries a nifty backpack full of treats.

The images are mostly in earth tones, using a unique cartoonish style that mixes fairly realistic actors with Road Runner-style scenery.

For now, only the illustrator is paid for this project, because the creators deserve to be paid for their work.

All funds raised will go towards book inventory, Kickstarter rewards for donors (pins, posters, etc.), website hosting, font licensing, and online advertising for the series.

As fans of Dog Twitter and dog books in general, we can’t wait for this project to come out and hope it achieves its goal successfully.

Willie R. Golden