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Mike Pence's children's book outsold by John Oliver's parody book

June 23 2018, 04:39 | Irvin Gilbert

Last Week Tonight host John Oliver revealed his parody of Mike Pence's family's book

Last Week Tonight host John Oliver revealed his parody of Mike Pence's family's book

"But they're doing a reprint, so you can still buy it", Oliver said.

It's a sweet victory, made even sweeter by the book that's now down at fourth place: Marlon Bundo's A Day in the Life of the Vice President, a picture book written by Mike Pence's 24-year-old daughter, Charlotte, and illustrated by his wife, Second Lady Karen Pence. In an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday (March 20), Oliver was able to celebrate the news that his picture book - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo - scored the number one spot on Amazon's best-seller list. The television host said "Marlon Bundo", the name of Pence's rabbit, "is an objectively good name for a bunny". In Oliver's book, the bunny is gay and gets married to another male bunny "because that's the world we want to live in", explained Oliver. That book is titled "Marlon Bundo's A Day in the Life of the Vice President". It's basically a satirical send-up of Pence's book, starring Bundo. but, of course, the Veep's bunny is not out.

"We were not anticipating people really buying it", Oliver told DeGeneres. "It will take a few weeks".

Pence was criticized during his time as IN governor for his positions on issues important to the LGBTQ community, including signing a religious freedom bill into law IN 2015. The book, which is out Monday, "gives young readers a bunny's-eye view of the special duties of the vice president", per its publisher.

The parody book A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo is written by Last Week Tonight's Jill Twiss
The parody book A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo is written by Last Week Tonight's Jill Twiss

Proceeds from both books will be donated to charity.

The book's villain, a stink bug, looks a lot like Pence, and proceeds will go to LGBTQ organization the Trevor Project or AIDS United.

Funds from Oliver's book will be donated to AIDS United, a group dedicated to ending the AIDS epidemic in the USA, and the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization that provides support to young LGBT community members.

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