“In Yorkietown lived a Yorkie named Zaggy. He was really quite sad and his tail wasn’t waggy. The problem, of course, is that Yorkies are small, But Zaggy, you see, was enormously tall!”
And so begins the plight of Zaggy, the central character of “Yorkietown,” a recently released 38-page children’s book co-authored by the brother and sister team of Casey and Kari Adler.
Targeting young children – but delivering a message applicable to everyone – Yorkietown uses Dr. Seuss-like rhymes, whimsical characters and splashy illustrations to communicate the angst-inducing issue of self-acceptance.
“It’s all about self-confidence and self-acceptance,” said Casey Adler, 28, a former Chapman University theater major and now an actor and acting coach at Gary Spatz’s The Playground in Los Angeles. “We love the idea of stories that you can teach lessons through characters and stories.”
Kari Adler, 31, is an Irvine resident and UC Irvine alum with a degree in criminology and law.
For Yorkietown, the siblings use the pen names Boychick (Casey) & Bear (Kari).
Boychick was Casey’s childhood nickname. Translated from Yiddish, boychick means “boy,” and is used as a…