Griewskis team to write, illustrate children’s book

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By Travis Svihovec, NSU
Photo by Tito C. Arguello, Jr.

A new children’s book by a Northern State University graduate follows the adventures of three birds in their quest for food.Debbie Griewski of Mobridge, who graduated from NSU with an elementary education degree in 2009, is the author of “Bebop’s Hungry Adventure.” The book is illustrated by her daughter, Alonna Griewski. 

“Bebop’s Hungry Adventure” is the story of three native birds that live on the Caribbean island of Bequia. The birds are hungry, and each looks for food. They are unsuccessful and decide to eat at a local bird eatery. While two of the birds get served, Bebop, the red-footed booby, encounters a problem – and together, the three bird friends resolve that problem.

“Bebop’s Hungry Adventure,” designed for children from infancy through age 8, is a bright, colorfully illustrated book containing numerous nonsensical words that are fun to pronounce.

Griewski, a Eureka native who teaches in McLaughlin, watched a documentary on the Eastern Caribbean, a place she has always wanted to visit. So she decided to make it the location for her book. When her daughter was younger, she would make adorable cartoon animals, usually with big eyes. Griewski said there was no question she wanted Alonna, now 22 and a graphic artist and designer in Omaha, Neb., to illustrate the book.

The book, published through Authorhouse, is available from many sources online including Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Griewski hopes it will also soon be available in Aberdeen and surrounding towns.

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