Walpole Father Creates Children’s Book

BY JOSH PERRY (@Josh_Perry10)
Wed, Jun 24, 2015
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Harpo the Cat, Lost in Rome Cover

On a trip to Rome in 2005, Walpole resident Andrew Rush witnessed the daily feeding of cats by local grandmothers (“nonnas”) and an idea began about a character and an adventure that eight years later has formed the foundation of a new children’s book from the father of two.

“As Neil Young said in an interview, when you feel like you would like to see something that doesn’t exist he feels compelled to create it,” said Rush by email last week. “I feel the same way about my book.”

The book, which was released in May, is entitled “Harpo the Cat: Lost in Rome” and tells the story of Harpo who is lost in Rome and trying to find his way back home with the help of his friends. During his odyssey through the Italian capital, Harpo sees many of the wonders of Rome, including the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel.

As the back cover explains, “Harpo even gets a ride in the Pope’s very own car!”
Rush had never written a book before sitting down to create the story of Harpo and provide the illustrations. His first foray into children’s literature was successful enough that he has already started on the second book in the series, which is a trip through New York City with Harpo and his friend Nino.

When asked what started him on the process of writing the book, Rush responded, “I’m in that stage of parenting where I’m reading a lot of children’s books to my kids and I felt inspired to write and illustrate a story.”

He added, “I want kids to feel free to explore, to be adventurous, and to embrace life’s unexpected adventures!”

The book was self-published through Ingram Spark and the books are, according to Rush, “true bound, glossy, and look great!” They have also been a big hit with his children.

“The feedback has been really terrific from parents that I know and most importantly their children.”

The book is currently available on Amazon.com and at barnesandnoble.com as well as at local retailers.