Children’s book captures Oliver’s spirit

TUPELO – When Oliver escaped from the Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo two years ago, the little capuchin monkey made news across the globe, from National Public Radio to his own MySpace account.
Now he’s been, well, captured – in the pages of a book.
Patrick Ross, a 47-year-old Tupelo resident, has written “Oliver: The Great Escape.” With illustrations by David Burcham, the 36-page work is aimed at children.
Ross was working as a maintenance supervisor at Tupelo Country Club when Oliver escaped. He even commandeered a golf cart to join the chase.
“That just opened the doors for a children’s book,” Ross said.
Mixing fact and fancy, the book lets Oliver tell his exploits during his days of freedom, including frequent chase scenes, stuffing himself at a vegetable garden and visits with animals he’d never before gotten to meet.
Kids may especially enjoy various animals’ descriptions of the world around the ranch. Nearby trains are “snakes,” planes at the adjacent airport are “iron birds” and vehicles whizzing by on Coley Road are “bees” and “hornets.”
The book is available at some area bookstores and online at www.publishamerica .com.

Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal