Professor Kevin Horton releases his first children’s book: Cee Jay and Bugsy

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New York Institute of Technology’s Journalism Professor and The Campus Slate Faculty Advisor Kevin Horton published his first children’s book this year, Cee Jay and Bugsy. His love of cars and journalism lead him on this journey to write a book that sends an inspirational message.

In Cee Jay and Bugsy, we learn that despite the disbelief of his fellow cars in the yard and the looming presence of “The Crusher”, Cee Jay believes in his dream of becoming a collectible.

In a yard packed with a limousine, Rolls Royce, Mercedes, Model T and taxi cab, Cee Jay is a rusty army jeep. His four wheels were low on air, his yellow paint peeling and his headlights no longer worked.

While all of these cars talk amongst each other, Charlie the tow truck comes in with Bugsy, the blue VW Bug. Bugsy is parked right beside Cee Jay. Cee Jay is excited to have someone new to talk to and drives the conversation between them. They talked about adventures, drives through the mountains in the snow and on the beach.

As the conversation between them progressed, Cee Jay began to lower his voice so the other cars did not hear him. “Someday I’ll leave this place and get cleaned up again and get my rust removed and a new battery and my seats replaced and go back to the beach…” said Cee Jay.

Ronald the Rolls Royce heard the conversation and was very pessimistic about Cee Jay’s dream. He told him that he will never get remodeled. Cee Jay quickly responded with optimism and proclaimed that he is a “collectible”.

The following day, Cee Jay and Bugsy woke up to a loud noise. It was “The Crusher”, a large truck that has two magnets to pick up the cars. They were both fearful they would be picked up by The Crusher.

Charlie the tow truck came instead and took Bugsy away. Bugsy did not want to leave Cee Jay and could be heard saying “No, no… I don’t want to go!” Later on that day as the sun began to set, the cars could hear voices coming from around the corner. It was a boy and his father admiring Cee Jay.

The boy whose name is Kacey, jumped into Cee Jay’s driver’s seat and began to turn the wheel back and forth. Kacey loved Cee Jay and thought he is the perfect car. His father loves Cee Jay too and wanted to make Cee Jay as good as new.

The following morning, Cee Jay woke up to someone pulling off his left fender. Cee Jay began to panic and thought that he would not be all original if he was restored. Then all of a sudden, Charlie the tow truck emerged. He hooked up Cee Jay and told him he had been bought.
The other cars all cheered for Cee Jay. Cee Jay later arrived at his new home with Kacey and his father. Cee Jay was ready to be restored in their garage.

Inside the garage was Bugsy waiting for him. He was shocked and couldn’t believe his eyes. “I thought you went to the Crusher,” said Cee Jay. “No, I’m going to be a collectible, just like you” said Bugsy. They couldn’t wait to for their first Sunday drive to the beach.

Overall, this book is a great story about believing in your dreams. A great read for children and adults of all ages and for boys that love cars. The illustrations are beautifully detailed and the glossary of vehicles lists the seven true life vehicles that the characters are based on.

For more information on how to order a copy of Cee Jay and Bugsy, please visit www.kevinchorton.com.

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