About the Book

Basil’s Unkie Herb is a book about family, perception and marriage equality.

The book uses Basil’s birthday parties to detail how Unkie Herb’s birthday surprises usually have a funny or disastrous ending depending on your perception. The reader learns not to judge by appearances, Fred who owns a donkey and garbage truck is actually a veterinarian; the dangerous motor cycle riders turn out to be Basil’s teacher and Nana’s doctor.

The book ends with Mom explaining to Basil that Unkie Herb and his boyfriend Ricardo can marry if they love each other because “where we live you can marry whomever you love”.

This is a funny, laugh out loud book with a happy ending for everyone.


Basil's Unkie Herb by Mary Shaw