FROM NOTE TO BOOK
I am Brandon Turriff, I have my Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at San Antonio. I strive to become an architect, start my own architecture firm and have a successful book series with Bonkers The Bear.When I was in High School, I wrote notes to my then girlfriend. I started to write silly stories. I wrote her a story about a bear named Bonkers that liked PB&J Sandwiches. It was a fun story that stuck with me for years.In 2016, my brother announced he and his wife were having a baby. I wanted to do something as a gift, so I decided to rewrite my story of a silly bear and illustrate it. The more I worked on it, the more real this story became. I began to think that this could be bigger than a story that is just a gift, and it was. I did everything myself, I wrote and illustrated the entire thing and self published the story and began selling it on Amazon. Since Bonkers The Bear and the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich was released in 2017, I have sold over half of my inventory, drawn Bonkers in many different situations to celebrate holidays, and created a storefront on Spreadshirt where I sell a number of shirts, mugs, and many other products.Bonkers The Bear has become a huge part of my life and I hope it can become a big part of yours. You can now purchase Bonkers The Bear Goes To Washington in the bookstore along with Bonkers The Bear and the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich.
BONKERS THE BEAR
THE PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICH
The first book in the Bonkers The Bear Saga. Bonkers The Bear and the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich follows the story of Bonkers The Bear and his search of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
I wrote this when I was in High School and in 2017 decided to illustrate it so that my soon to be born Niece, Grace, would have a great book to read whenever she wanted. She loves Bonkers The Bear and I'm glad that she has pushed me to pursue this amazing bear.
BONKERS THE BEAR
GOES TO WASHINGTON
The second book in the Bonkers The Bear Saga. This book follows the story of Peter The Panda in his search of a nice Panda Community. Along the way, he meets Bonkers The Bear who helps him get to Washington D.C. On their way there, they meet new friends and a few road blocks along the way.
This story was inspired by the places I have lived while my dad was in the Air Force. I lived in Montana, Maryland, and Texas. I met new friends at every location that made my adjustment to every new move easier.