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Dominic Graves, a fifth grade student at Burbank Elementary School

Burbank Elementary School fifth grader publishes book

Dominic Graves, a fifth grade student at Burbank Elementary School, will have his first book, The Comic Book Chef, hit the stands on July 25.  The book, which is being published by Archway Published by Simon & Shuster, is about super heroes who fight food-borne illness. 

With super hero characters such as Adam Shadow (who turns into a chef) and Miss Ice and Scarlett Torch (who are villains), Dominic teaches the reader about how to stay safe through what they eat.  He said he based each of his characters on someone he knows – one being his mom, another his brother, and still another his cousin.

Dominic says he enjoys writing and drawing and started drawing his comics when he and his family were homeless.  Luckily his family is doing much better at this time and have a permanent home.

In his spare time, Dominic said he loves to cook healthy food and that he learned this from his parents.  He said his favorite subject is science.  He also hopes to publish additional books in a series to include the topics allergies and braces.

When asked how it felt to be a published author, Dominic said, “I like it.  I get to show the world about my books.” 

In addition to getting a book published, Dominic has had a national holiday approved for July 25 as National Action Figure Day.  He and his mother are presently working with toy stores and toy companies to team up with them to supply free or $1.00 action figures to kids that day.

Dominic is also teaming up with the Lupus Foundation for a fundraiser with the release of the new Power Ranger Movie.

Writing and publishing runs in Dominic’s family.  His mother has three published books presently for sale on Amazon and his brother Christian (who we wrote about last year), published his first book Being Five, last year.  He plans a sequel, Being Six, for release on March 18.

For more information about Dominic’s and Christian’s books and all of the activities they have planned, visit their website at kidzstuff.org.


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