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The Nightlife
of Jacuzzi Gaskett

Written by Brontez Purnell
Illustrated by Elise R. Peterson

On Sale January 8, 2019

ISBN 9781948340021


At night, Jacuzzi is real busy. He cares for his baby brother Jamaal, makes a blender cyclone, ponders life, and waits for Mama's arrival home.

The first children's book from multi-genre artist Brontez Purnell is an inspired portrayal of a common but rarely narrated childhood experience—taking care of a younger sibling.

“Most children’s books show one version of a family: a mom, a dad, stories and kisses at bedtime. The Nightlife of Jacuzzi Gaskett shows kids that there are other ways to live and grow and love your family.”
Rachel Aimee, NYC Chapter Director, Drag Queen Story Hour


About the creators

 Photo by Beowulf Sheehan

Photo by Beowulf Sheehan

Brontez Purnell is a zine-maker, punk drummer, choreographer, author of the 2017 novella Since I Laid My Burden Down, and a 2018 Whiting Award winner for fiction. Originally from Alabama, he lives in Oakland, California.

 Photo by Hans Neuman

Photo by Hans Neuman

Elise R. Peterson is an artist, writer, and sex educator living in Brooklyn. She is the illustrator of How Mamas Love Their Babies, one of the NYPL’s Best Books of 2018.


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