June 30, 2014 8:18 am

Children’s book about pit bull raises more than $55k on Kickstarter

The children's book 'Galunker' has collected more than $55,000 on Kickstarter.

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TORONTO — A Kickstarter campaign for a children’s book about a pit bull has raised more than twice its $27,500 goal.

Galunker, an illustrated rhyming book by Toronto writer Douglas Anthony Cooper and artist Dula Yavne, is about a pit bull rescued from a dog fighting ring who wants to find a nice home but faces various threats.

Cooper and Yavne also use the book to address breed-specific legislation that targets pit bulls.

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“The book includes an essay at the end, aimed at parents,” reads a description on the Kickstarter page. “We refer to the latest studies, in order to separate science from superstition. This essay will help parents make informed decisions before introducing ANY dog into the family home.”

The crowd-funding campaign to publish and promote the book has collected more than $55,000 from more than 1,000 backers.

It hit its target in the first three days of the 35-day campaign, which ends on Canada Day.

The Galunker project got a boost from former Saturday Night Live star Abby Elliott, who tweeted her support for “this great project.”

Cooper is an award-winning magazine writer with three acclaimed novels to his credit — but he said Galunker‘s subject matter turned off mainstream publishers.

“We were told that we might as well write a children’s book about meth,” he said, in a release.

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