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By Laura RiceOctober 8, 2020, 10:35 a.m.Arts & Culture, Books, Sounds of Texas

Brothers Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey grew up near Houston and now live in Austin. You have written and illustrated a children’s book called “The Old Truck” and will be releasing a follow-up called “The Old Boat” shortly.

Jarrett Pumphrey

“It’s a great road trip from Houston, Austin. And you drive past all these old farms. And [Jerome] discovered these trucks, these old trucks made their way to the pasture. “

“I thought I could see that a truck is a constant in a story and the world is changing around that truck.”

Jerome Pumphrey

“Ultimately, we started to think about our own family. And when she returned to my great-grandmother, she had a farm that she had bought with money she had earned to pick cotton. She was really all about grit and determination, perseverance. She passed this spirit on all the way. It came to us. I think that’s ultimately what the book is about. It’s about hard work, determination, you know, doing what it takes to make your dreams come true. “

“We made over 250 stamps to create each of the images in the book. It feels a bit timeless or classic. You know, it feels like something I would have loved to read as a kid. “

“Shortly after this book came out, we started work on the sequel to this book, called ‘The Old Boat’. In many ways, it is also based on our experiences in our family. Our grandmother took us fishing in Galveston. And so we’re pretty excited about it. It’s coming out in March. “

“What’s cool is that ‘The Old Truck’ came out and then we saw it was so well received. I think ‘The Old Boat’ will be a perfect fit. “

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