Rosemount’s Terence Casey has written a second children’s book called “Thumper Journey to Animal Haven” which follows the real-life adventures of a pet rabbit.
Terence’s family’s pet rabbit was given to them as a rescue and inspired the story for the new book. “Thumper, our rabbit was found by my sister-in-law near Clara Market. He was just skin and bones.
He decided to write a story about how the bunny ended up being thrown away and abandoned. The book chronicles Thumper’s birth, his family life, how his siblings were taken up into loving families, and he experienced the opposite.
Thumper is a young rabbit who finds himself on a journey through the wilderness of the Irish countryside. He encounters many dangers along the way before reaching his long-awaited final destination.
After being thrown to the side of the road, Thumper befriends other animals while heading to Animal Haven.
According to Terence, the book aims to teach children empathy towards animals, including wild animals. “There are also some mini-stories. I like to teach children to look around a little more. The pet made its way despite everything. It’s a beautiful fairy tale ending,” said Terence.
The local man also hand-illustrated the book and used Photoshop to make them easier to print.
‘Thumper Journey to Animal Haven’ is available to buy online now from buythebook.ie and costs €10 per copy. Terence’s first book ‘The True Adventures of Googly Eyes’ can also be purchased on the site.
Terence, who works as a high school art teacher, started writing in 2020 and released his first children’s book last June.
He also has a great love for animals and nature with which he grew up. “I’ve had pigeons and canaries since I was little and we just grew up with chickens here and guinea pigs. If there is an animal in the Rosemount area that gets injured, bring it to us. He gives examples of a hedgehog falling into a cattle grid and a blackbird stuck in barbed wire.
“For a child, in particular, to read the book, he could walk into this garden and identify with everything in it because he knows the chickens, the guinea pigs are here. They know the neighbor’s cat is over the wall and the cat is here occasionally prowling. One night we saw him stick his paw through the bars, so it’s all real and relatable.
Terence bases his stories on animals and the garden of his house where he takes care of chickens, pigeons, parakeets, canaries, guinea pigs and fish. “All inspiration comes from the garden and is based on vague truths.”
He also has a great love of music and often performs with his brother Simon Casey. He released a new single titled “One More Day” which received over 100,000 streams on Spotify. He lives in Rosemount with his wife Stephanie and his children, James, Charlie and Thomas.