Eric Fehr. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
Washington Capitals renaissance man Eric Fehr has penned a new children's book in hopes of tackling North America's bullying problem.
From the files of "Awwwww..." comes Washington Capitals right winger/center Eric Fehr, who has revealed himself as a budding author. His new children's book. The Bulliest Dozer, drops Oct. 9.
What's the book about? It's exactly what it sounds like. It tells the tale of a bulldozer who happens to be a bully. Bo Dozer is embarrassed because he can't skate, and he's nervous about an upcoming holiday performance on ice at school, so he takes out his frustration by bullying other students. That doesn't work out so well for Bo. The book teaches kids the perils of bullying and why it's better to rely on friends. Atta boy, Mr. Fehr. Here's the cover:
“In The Bulliest Dozer, Bo learns the valuable lesson that acceptance and teamwork can lead to success," said Fehr, 29, in a Capitals press release. "My hope is that this book will provide an opening for parents to discuss how important it is for children to accept one another and to treat their peers with respect. All forms of bullying including verbal abuse, cyberbullying and physical abuse are unacceptable, and whether the aggressor or the victim, I hope children read Bo's story and realize there are steps they can take to reduce bullying.”
The Bulliest Dozer is illustrated by Kate Komarnicki and co-authored by Fehr and Pamela Duncan Edwards. It will be sold for $10 in the U.S. and Canada, in variety of different places, including the Caps team store, Verizon Center and, up north, Giant Tiger and home games of the Western League's Brandon Wheat Kings. Click here to see exactly where and how to buy it.
American sales of the book will benefit Playworks DC, a national nonprofit that works to improve recess so that it promotes fair play and inclusive behavior. Canadian sales will benefit the Canadian Red Cross' Violence, Bullying and Abuse Prevention program. The book launch coincides with National Bullying Prevention Awareness month.
It's refreshing to see a player showcase not just a benevolent side to his off-ice personality, but a creative side. Fehr came up with the story and even designed a custom T-shirt featuring a line from the book. He discusses the process in detail here.
And here's a look at Fehr's Washington teammates checking out The Bulliest Dozer for the first time. Alex Ovechkin decides not just to read aloud, but yell the words, kind of like a kid would when the teacher asks him to read to the class.
Here's hoping the book does well. It's an everyone-wins situation if it does. Bullies suck.
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