Local author gets noticed with children’s book | Mail from Pikes Peak

A recently released children’s book about a donkey and its master/minor is getting noticed by young readers and animal lovers.

“Bonnie the Donkey: A Colorado Tale” is about a Cripple Creek donkey who helps his master and miner, Jess, pan for gold during the gold rush era. Jess takes good care of Bonnie, who has a good life, but also unexpected surprises. Bill Comer, born and raised in Colorado Springs, wrote the book specifically for a younger audience.

Visiting ghost towns inspired Comer to write the book, he said. Colorado Springs is home to a Wild West ghost town museum that offers an authentic western experience that includes hands-on activities from turning on a butter churn to panning for gold.

“I love going to ghost towns and learning about history,” Comer said of her first book.

A book signing is not planned, although Comer would be happy to arrange one if there is public interest, he said.

“It’s just a little children’s book, my first. If asked, I’d be happy to do a signing,” Comer said of the book, which he hopes will become a favorite with young people. “I donated a copy of ‘Bonnie the Donkey’ to the Cripple Creek Elementary School Library. I thought the kids up there would appreciate a story about their house.

Comer graduated from Harrison High School in Colorado Springs and for a time attended Pikes Peak Community College, then known as El Paso Community College.

He is currently collecting ideas for a second children’s book.

“I have a few ideas, but I haven’t put anything on paper yet,” Comer laughed.

Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Inc., “Bonnie the Donkey: A Colorado Tale” was written for children ages 1-12. The 24-page paperback is $14.95 and can be purchased online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Lola R. McClure