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Author Charlie Johnson and star Emmy visit SEAS students

A man and his dog visited St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School last week, and they were instant stars. Actually, they have been stars for quite a while through a children's book.

Charlie Johnson, owner of Whistling Well Farm and author of "Emmy of Whistling Well Farm," and Emmy were at the school last Thursday as part of the annual Catholic Education week.

Johnson talked about the book, which has been available since last October and Emmy did what she does best - sat on the sidelines and watched.

What has happened since October?

More than 1,600 copies of the book have been sold. An initial order of 3,000 was printed. Plus, more than 500 of the Emmy plush toys have also been sold. Plans are in the works to sell T-shirts and sweatshirts of the artwork as well.

Johnson expects to make a profit on the book. He had been told that children's books usually do not make profits.

The books have been sent as far away as Australia, Germany and Thailand. He has had customers at the farm buy as many as 20 copies.

There is a sequel planned, and Johnson offered the SEAS students a free pizza lunch to the classroom with the winning theme.