Daniel Bentivogli, author of The Adventures of Sticky McGooey and Friends: Vexed With an X, will visit Dog Ears Bookstore & Café for a book-signing event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. The nonprofit community bookstore is located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo.

Bentivogli is a retired water quality professional who has delighted children for years with science-based fanciful tales. He knows science is stranger than fiction and that fiction is very strange, and the result is this fascinating book.

In this whimsical adventure, Sticky McGooey is so tall and thin he looks like a zipper, while his best friend Beef Palumbo is so big and wide he resembles a wall. They always have each other’s back and they are always ready for fun and adventure!

When Sticky finds himself rudely whapped in the face by a big wind-blown X, Beef comes to his aid and off they go to find the source of the vexing X. Along the way they enlist the help of their friend, Alice McGillicuddy, and her wise dog friend Howard. An expert professor and his excited team of X-searching students join the party.

They search for the X from Texas to Cuba and back. Throughout the journey they encounter strange vortex currents, plundering pelicans and frigate birds, wise whales and amazing microscopic creatures as old as the solar system. They experience the dramatic forces of the electro-magnetic field and learn all about water.

Never have a group of friends had so much fun while learning of the plight of the oceans, the astonishing abilities of birds, the hospitality of other cultures and the Lost Colony of early colonial settlers. The story is whimsical like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and as instructive as a science class.

The Adventures of Sticky McGooey and Friends was illustrated by Michael Donovan and published by NFB Publishing.

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