Thomas, Bok team up on children's book

June 14, 2008 at 10:10 PM

NEW YORK, June 14 (UPI) -- Columnist Helen Thomas and editorial cartoonist Chip Bok have teamed up to create a children's book, "The Great White House Breakout," its publisher says.

The 32-page hardcover book tells the story of a woman president's young son, who, tired of the never-ending Secret Service babysitting, leaves the White House with his cat and rat to tour the nation's capital, Editor & Publisher reported recently. The book, published by Dial and due out in August, is geared to readers ages 9-12.

Thomas was a longtime White House correspondent for United Press International and now does a column for Hearst News Service. Bok does editorial cartoons for the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal and Creators.

Thomas, E&P also reports, has been sidelined the past three weeks with a gastric infection. The 87-year-old journalist has not written her column since May 14.

"She is being treated for an infection and is on leave," Hearst's Washington bureau chief, Chuck Lewis, told E&P Monday. "She became ill and has been recovering ever since. We expect her back, but I am not sure when."

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