At last, it’s here! THE COMEDY KEEPER is Jim’s tenth published book (but who’s counting), a story intended for kids aged 10-15 who love comedy, jokes, funny stuff and (maybe) getting in trouble for being TOO FUNNY!
It’s the story of a kid named Josh Markowitz who gets sent back in time by an utterly ridiculous clown named Slivers. Josh, the Class Clown of Patton Middle School in Oregon, has a very serious mission. He must go back to New York City in 1908 to convince five brothers named Marx to take up comedy . . . or be forever lost to history.
Of course, the Marx Brothers were some of the funniest guys ever, and had long careers making great movies from the 1930’s to ’60s. But (this novel wonders) what if they never got started, and needed a boost from the future to fulfill their comic destinies? That’s where a COMEDY KEEPER comes in! And Josh is just the kid for the job.
For me as a writer, I wanted to spend some time with Groucho, Harpo, Chico and their brothers and parents, investigate what it might have been like to be a kid in New York City over a hundred years ago, and tell a fun story that talks a little bit about why we need comedy and humor in our lives.
NOTE TO READERS & FANS: THIS BOOK WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AS GROUCH BAG. IF YOU BOUGHT THAT BOOK, DON’T BUY THIS ONE! IT’ S THE SAME STORY WITH AN UPDATED COVER AND DESIGN!! THIS VERSION HAS A MUCH MORE KID-FRIENDLY DESIGN AND FORMAT.
THE COMEDY KEEPER is available every which way you can buy a book: As a paperback (ask your local bookstore, or buy it on-line), on your Kindle, Nook, Google, Kobo and maybe even from your library (ask your friendly, neighborhood librarian if they have it; if not, they can order it).
Enjoy it, and tell me what you think of THE COMEDY KEEPER.