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Young Carrollwood jokester becomes published author

Aum Bhatt may look like a regular 9-year-old boy, the kind of boy who likes playing with friends and reading J.K. Rowling. Yet beneath his articulate speech, love of science and physical education classes, and his ultimate goal to become a surgeon, beats the heart of a true comedian.

Now a published author, Bhatt was selected to have his riddle included in the book “Little Book Big Laughs Riddle Book (for Kids by Kids).”

“My mom told me about the contest through her work at Optum and I have lots of jokes,” explained Bhatt. “I wanted to use the first one I ever told her.”

Bhatt’s joke sits on page 27 of the second in the series of joke books, filled with riddles submitted by kids from across the country.

“What is an archeologist’s favorite type of band?” he asked.

“Rock.”

The silliness in the paperback — available on Amazon — can amuse everyone, whether a kid or kid at heart.

Its purchase will help the nonprofit UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation raise funds for medical grants to help children gain access to health-related services not covered, or not fully covered, by their family’s commercial health insurance plan.

Through the grant, needy families can receive up to $5,000 annually per child ($10,000 lifetime maximum per child), and do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible. Since 1999, the foundation has awarded thousands of medical grants, totaling tens of millions of dollars.

Compiled by Meg Cadts, sales of “Little Book Big Laughs Riddle Book (for Kids by Kids)” helps make those grants possible.

To purchase the book, visit www.amazon.com/little-book-laughs-riddle -kids/dp/b0157a2e60 or to learn about medical grants available visit www.uhccf .org

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