Set sail on a new adventure in latest book from mother-son duo

Apr 24, 2024

In Gypsy and the Pirate, mother-son author-illustrator team Gypsy and Vince Vagabond take readers young and old on a magical journey aboard the Atlantis Dream. The captain of the ship is Vince the Pirate, a swashbuckler who needs to decide what’s most important: his manly mustache, his cool boat, or the love of his family. His magical mom, Gypsy, has a hurricane of a plan that she hopes will teach Vince what it truly means to be a grown up.

The book was inspired by Vince becoming a teenager and conversations the author has had with her son about navigating adolescence. “Mostly, we wrote this book to get people to laugh,” she said. “But we also want readers to be reminded that people are more important than things or being cool.”

Gypsy and the Pirate was published through the Write Place. It is available for purchase online at Amazon and

Gypsy and Vince Vagabond are the pen names of Shannon Basinger-Kotz and Vince Kotz of Pella, Iowa. Their previous titles include The Little Lost Nutcracker, Marlene’s Christmas Wish, and Hero of the Black Hills. Like the characters of Gypsy and Vince the Pirate, they love traveling, history, museums, nature, music, and acting and directing. They star in their own animated series, Fearsome Friends, which is available on their Instagram page. Follow @vagabondslegends for all their book updates, hilarious Gypsy and the Pirate videos, and a boatload of mysterious fun.


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