An interview I did with Rock Paper Spirit Daily re my book about bullying.
Read the entire interview here
An interview I did with Rock Paper Spirit Daily re my book about bullying.
Read the entire interview here
Book Summary: Two best friends. A Top Secret incident. A souvenir. A wild cross-state adventure. It’s 1947 on a U.S. Army base near Roswell, New Mexico, and eleven-year-old Kate’s friend and neighbor, Billy, shows her a secret. A CIA agent arrives at Billy’s house, to recover the Top Secret items, and threatens the family, warning them to never talk about the incident-ever! Special Agent Falco informs them of their sudden reassignment to Germany. Billy, not wanting to move to Germany or return his treasures, begs Kate for help. Feisty and fiercely loyal, she agrees to hide him. Thus begins a most unusual road trip in which the two friends use their wits, their knowledge of the terrain and geography around the base, and sheer determination to evade capture. Kate must also reach her grandfather, more than two hundred miles away, and warn him how the secret poses a dangerous threat … to anyone involved. Their race has begun, and there’s no turning back.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been grinding away at it for around ten years, but got serious over the last five, which helped me complete four books and one ‘wip’ (work in process).
What did you enjoy most about writing ‘Foiled’?
I enjoyed most empowering my young gutsy female main character. Adults are constantly telling children what they can and can’t do. In Foiled, I set out to write a story about an eleven year old stumbling over endless physical and mental pits, picking herself up, and pushing herself on to discover for herself what she can do. I also enjoyed constantly testing her and asking, “Would an eleven-year-old stop at the established limits set by the grown-up world to save her friend and family, or would she break those limits?”
Are you working on a series for ‘Foiled’? If so, have you written a second book? What is the title? Tell your readers about it.
Presently I have no plans for a series for Foiled; however, I’ve just finished the last book in my sea-island Action trilogy:
(1) Shanghaied: Escape from the Blackwolf.
(2) Shipwrecked: Dragon Island.
(3) Sea Raiders.
I served in the U.S. Navy on board nuclear hunter/killer submarines, which inspired me to write Book 1.
Shanghaied: forced to join a ship lacking a full crew by kidnapping or other underhanded means. Twelve-year-olds Emma and Scott stumble across a dark secret and are shanghaied by a rogue submarine that once suffered a ghastly fate: a radioactive incident that transformed its crew into mutants. They are plunged into the depths of the ocean, far beyond the reach of help, where the Blackwolf battles against lurking enemy navies. Now they must find a way off the submarine without being killed first—or even worse, being forced into service for the rest of their lives. The race to escape has begun.
Book 2. The trek has begun, and the trail will show no mercy. After escaping a rogue submarine, twelve-year-old cousins Emma and Scott, and sixteen-year-old Harrison wash ashore on the beach of a remote tropical island lurking with jungle dragons and headhunters. So begins their trek to find safety and civilization so they can return home to their families in Australia—but not before having to fight for their lives across a savage land. Can the young castaways survive long enough to find help? Trapped in a wild place and with high stakes, Carey Fessler’s sea-island adventure forges ahead with this exciting sequel to Shanghaied: Escape from the Blackwolf.
Book 3. Kidnapped by a rogue submarine crew with mutation magic, twelve-year-old Aussie cousins Emma and Scott, along with sixteen-year-old Harrison, escaped their captors by swimming to a remote tropical island, where they fought off man-eating monster lizards and a village full of headhunters armed with blowpipes and endowed with deadly aim …
Now taken hostage during a modern-day pirate raid, Scott and Emma fight for their lives and swim back to the last place on earth they want to return to—Dragon Island. Meanwhile, Harrison faces his fears and tries to thwart the pirates. Can the three young survivors stay alive and raise the alarm—and return home to their families? Set in a wild and dangerous location and with even higher stakes, Carey Fessler’s sea-island adventure forges ahead with this exciting sequel to Shipwrecked: Dragon Island.
What question do you wish that someone would ask about ‘Foiled’, but nobody has? How would you answer your own question?
Why did you pick Foiled as the title?
There are three subtext meanings in the title Foiled:
(1) Foil: noun- referring to the ‘magic foil,’ (piece of thin metal sheet) in the story, which is a piece of alien technology from the crash site of a UFO. On the front cover, you can spot the girl holding it in her hand. 😉
(2) Foil: noun- The two MCs contrast each other and so emphasize and enhance the qualities of the other.
(3) Foil: verb- prevent (antagonists) from succeeding.
Also … is Carey Fessler your real name?
I use the pen name Carey Fessler to honor the two people who encouraged me to read as a kid—my grandparents: My G’ma’s maiden name is Carey and my G’pa’s last name is Fessler … Carey Fessler worked perfectly.
What real-life inspirations, if any, did you draw from for the story within your book, ‘Foiled’?
Some years ago, I was in the States, visiting my family in New Mexico. While at my sister’s house, her husband, Jack, showed me three photographs that may or may not have been a UFO near Roswell, NM.
As an author, I didn’t care if the photos were real or not. My mind was busy trying to cook up a cool idea for a UFO story.
Whenever I need to come up with an idea for a scene (remember, a story is just a series of scenes you weave together) I just ask myself: What happens if…
So I thought: What happens if two kids get a piece of alien technology from a UFO crash-site near Roswell, and they go on the run from the authorities?
That was the seed that inspired me to write my first book, Foiled.
Ideas can come from everywhere, which is why I’m open to trying new things.
The more experiences I have in life the more I have to draw from to inspire my writing.
What book that you have read has most influenced your life?
I don’t remember the title, but it was a modern-day submarine novel that was dull and littered with errors and inaccuracies. I had grown so bored and frustrated by the time I reached the halfway mark that I chucked the book straight into the rubbish, thinking I could write a better story than that. And so I put pen to paper and started writing my first novel, which was a hot mess, but it got me started on the path to becoming an author and I’ve never looked back.
What do you love most about the general writing process?
Coming up with the story outline. You let anything fly, no matter how over-the-top. It’s the most creative time and comes before you even start writing. You’re just focused on telling an entertaining story.
What character in ‘Foiled’are you least likely to get along with? Why?
Special Agent Falco. I respect that he was a loyal patriot just doing his job and loved his country, but it made him emotionally detached and gave him tunnel vision.
What character in your book are you most likely to get along with? Why?
Grandpa Clyde. I like hanging out with salty old farts and I like fishing too.
Do you see writing as a career or a hobby?
I write full time. Up at dawn, walk the dog, and then write until lunchtime. Walk the dog again and then re-write/revise work from previous day of writing. Knock off around three. Do some domestic stuff and errands. Have supper. Walk the dog again at dusk. Binge on Netflix. Read for fun for an hour before hitting the sack. Rinse & repeat.
How long does it take to complete one of your books?
My first book, Foiled, took me a couple of years to complete. My latest book, Sea Raiders, took me six months to finish. For my current wip, House of Ash (working title) I’m shooting for four months.
What advice do you have for beginning writers?
Write for your own pleasure. I write my stories because they’re the kind of books that I would’ve wanted to read when I was a kid.
Talent is nice to have, but I relied more on practice and determination to achieve my dream, which was to write a book. When you’re passionate about something, it never feels like work.
Dreams do come true, so don’t give up on yours!
Author: Carey Fessler
Genre: Children’s Books/Mysteries & Detectives/Action & Adventure/Historical Fiction
Price: $5.00 (Paperback) $3.49 (Kindle)
Available at: Amazon.com
I grew up in a military family and moved around more often than a gypsy until we planted roots in Albuquerque, New Mexico. With my head always in the clouds, I learned to fly, parachute, and even scuba dive before dropping out of university and enlisting in the US Navy to roam beneath the seven seas in a submarine. When my hitch was up in the Navy, I unpacked his seabag in Sydney, Australia, where I worked as a postman, an international flight planner for QANTAS, and an animator for Disney before awakening my imagination and becoming a children’s author.
Book Summary: The stories in this collection are set 1980’s and 90’s Ireland. A by-pass around a small village has rid the residents of their once busy traffic. They feel forgotten by the world. The need to reach out and be heard is explored in every story, from the young woman who starts to have phone conversations with her husband’s gay lover, to the dyslexic man who confronts his cruel teacher years later and the woman whose dreams are shattered because of a married lover. Treading the Uneven Road introduces us to a society that is unraveling, and we cannot help feel for Brown’s characters who need to make a choice on how to carry on.
Where did you get the idea to write ‘Treading the Uneven Road’?
I started writing short stories when I moved to the States eight years ago and I wanted to write about misconceptions, for example how Lou is seen because he is dyslexic and, in a time, when people didn’t realize what that meant. The characters started then, Dick and his brother, Ann and her loneliness but they were all over the place, some in Ireland and some in the States. In Emerson, they have a program where they pair authors with editors from the publishing course and I was lucky enough to work with Marinna Castilleja. She asked great questions about setting and through this I realized that I should bring the characters all together. When I thought of my home town, I knew it fit perfectly. Before I brought them to Sligo, I knew the characters pretty well.
What made you choose to set the story in the 1980’s and 1990’s, instead of modern day?
I don’t remember having to decide to do it, it just seemed right and the only way. I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s and I write about that time with a lot more ease than I would if I were to write about now. I am a dinosaur when it comes to social media and such. I just don’t get it. I can just about manage Facebook and I have a twitter and Instagram account, the latter because my daughter got one for me, but I don’t use it much. Before, if a writer grew up in the 60’s and 70’s, they’d experienced changes in style and ways of life but not such a huge jump with technology or change in children growing up. All my work is either set in 80’s, 90’s, except for Patient 55, which is more future, big brother, orientated.
What was your favorite thing about the 1980’s and 1990’s? TV shows? Books? Music?
I loved growing up without gadgets and phones and cameras. I’d go off camping alone in the 90’s without a phone. We did that, we survived without having to tell everyone what we were doing.
What did you enjoy most about writing ‘Treading the Uneven Road’? What did you enjoy the least or found to be the most challenging about writing ‘Treading the Uneven Road’?
I loved the characters and being in Ballisadare in the 80’s. I loved tying the characters together. Nora is in “The Sacred Heart’ and when I was putting the collection together I realized she was also Joe’s mother in ‘The Taste of Salt.’
The last story ‘White Trout’ was written months after I’d considered the collection done and I realized that I needed something more for Dick, who we’d seen since he was three years old. I love that story for the way it ends.
The only thing that I could say I enjoyed the least is never the writing, but maybe sending it out, and it’s not the rejections as much as the waiting to hear back that gets to me for the powerlessness. For this collection, an agent expressed interest and wrote with feedback on how to improve the collection. I agreed with everything, re-worked a lot and sent back, but they eventually said no, and that it was very close. Now, I never thought this was terrible. Although it was very disappointing, there is no doubt that that feedback greatly improved the collection and that’s the way you have to think if you want to keep writing. Even the hard stuff matters.
What real-life inspirations, if any, did you draw from for the story within your book, ‘Treading the Uneven Road’?
In ‘Sacred Heart’ Dick tries to sell a book around town that has business names and with the book the owner would get a 10% discount for all listed services or products. My father came up with that idea in the 80’s when I was around 13/14 and I went door to door trying to sell them. Just like in the collection, there was no money in Ireland then.
What is your favorite book to read and why?
The only books I have read more than once is ‘The Gathering’ and ‘The Unbearable Likeness of Being’. I love Anne Enright’s prose and the feelings she puts on the page. And I love the subtlety in Milan Kundera’s work.
I also loved ‘Cat’s Table,’ too, and “Beloved’ which is a hard and beautiful book.
What character did you find fascinating in your story and why? What made that character standout over the other characters in the book?
I really liked Dick because he is such a dreamer and all over the place, and when I read him now, I think he is so Irish. But thinking about this question I realized that Patrick from ‘Amends’ is a great character. His father finds him with a boy in the basement of his house and he says. “We were not a family anymore. All those moments we’d shared had been blown apart by the incident in the basement. It was as simple as that”
Yet he retains a hope to reconcile with his father that is almost childlike and he has a great sense of humor that is wonderful.
Have you written any other books? If so, please tell us about them. If not, do you plan on writing more books in the future?
Yes, Debris, a coming of age mystery was published last year. Fomite has my new collection ‘It is Good We Are Dreaming.’
I attained an agent for my novel ‘Patient 55’ which is about a drug that can erase bad memories and a woman’s need to find out what happened to her when she wakes with no memory, though my agent, preferred ‘Hinterland’ which is about family secrets, so that is being shopped around now.
I am planning a book now, reading a lot and thinking a lot, and hopefully will start end of this month. I wouldn’t be able to not write.
Do you have any advice for new writers?
Just keep writing and accept criticism with gratitude. We never stop learning and if we are to get better we need to listen to readers and read.
What is your favorite inspirational quote?
I don’t really have a favorite one but today I will pick-If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities, if you believe it won’t, you’ll see obstacles.
THE UNEVEN ROAD
Author: L.M. Brown
Genre: Short Story Collection
Price: $15.00 (Paperback)
Available at: Amazon.com
L.M Brown grew up in Ireland but resides in Massachusetts with her husband and three daughters. She is the author of the YA novel Debris. Her short story collection Treading The Uneven Road was published by Fomite Press. Her stories have appeared in over a dozen magazines, such as Electica, Litro, Review Americana, Eunoia Review, Fiction Southeast and more. She has a master’s in creative writing from Emerson College.
New book highlights ‘nutty’ things kids do
Author: Christina Martinez
Published: 11:44 AM EST December 17, 2018
Updated: 11:44 AM EST December 17, 2018
What are some of the nuttiest things your child does?
Author Normandy Piccolo and Illustrator Elizabeth Marie of “My Little Peanut Does the Nuttiest Things” stopped by the set to tell us about how they got together and created this hilarious book for parents and youngsters. To purchase “My Little Peanut Does the Nuttiest Things,” head to amazon.com.
WATCH THE FULL TELEVISION INTERVIEW HERE!
We’re taking a hiatus for the remainder of 2018 – but we’ll be back soon!
If you would your book reviewed, please submit the requested information, after January 20th, 2019.
Thank You in advance for your patience and understanding.
We look forward to resuming book reviews soon!
Normandy’s Bright Ideas
Author: Peta Lemon
Illustrator: Maria Dasic Todoric
Publisher: Quirky Pictures Press
Genre: Children’s Books / Humor
Price: $7.99 (Paperback)
Available at: Amazon.com
What’s a cow to do, when one day, while grazing in a pasture, she grows weary of uttering, moo?
Hilda, a brown-spotted cow is fed-up with being herself. So, she decides to make a change. Literally. On a farm, there are a variety of animals to choose to become. Perhaps, a woolly sheep? Maybe a stinky pink pig? Or a clucky, feather-covered hen might work. But, will Hilda find the happiness she seeks by being someone other than herself? Or, will she come to discover being who you are is what breeds contentment?
Peta Lemon took a moment with an actual cow appearing fed-up in a field, and put together an adorable, hilarious, rhyming story about self-acceptance, in her book, The Fed-Up Cow. One cannot help but enjoy the journey right along with Hilda, as she finds herself in one creative predicament after another when deciding to make a ‘change’. Ms. Lemon demonstrates through her lesson-inspired book, that even with determination, sometimes what we think will bring forth joy, may not always be the case.
Marcia Dasic Todoric’s illustrations are lively, adorable and display elements of complimentary story-line characteristics. Hilda’s mischievous side is demonstrated not just through facial expressions, but also with the attention to detail Ms. Todoric gives to the secondary characters. The colors used in The Fed-Up Cow are bright and help render a country, farm-like feel to each page of the book.
Hay! Get “moooving”! Join the herd and fetch your copy of the The Fed-Up Cow.
Peta Lemon is a UK-based author who writes funny picture books in rhyme. Her books are illustrated by the hugely talented Maria Dasic Todoric.
Peta is the mother to 3 very young children. She has always written but developed a passion for writing children’s picture books as a result of many hours spent reading to her children. She writes the type of stories that she would like to read to her own children and that she thinks the children would enjoy as much as the adults.
In 2018 she will release Timmy on the Toilet, another rhyming picture book about a boy who is granted a wish and accidentally wishes he could fly whilst sitting on the toilet at school. This book is in the final stages of illustration and the illustrations are hilarious.
Author: B.C.R. Fegan
Illustrator: Daniela Frongia
Genre: Children’s Books / Fairytales, Folk Tales & Myths
Price: $8.99 (Paperback) $4.99 (Kindle)
Available at: Amazon.com
We all wear a ‘grumpface’ at some point…(most before that first cup of coffee in the morning). But, what happens when you tick off a wizard who in turn curses you with a permanent grump face? You live alone in the land of Ho, taking pleasure by granting freedom only to those who can complete three simple tasks. Dan, a clumsy failed inventor is helplessly in love with a flower girl named Bella. Dan accidentally crossed paths with the Grumpface, while seeking a rose to win Bella’s affections. If he ever hopes to see her again, he must complete the three tasks. But, will the failed inventor succeed and, in the process, undue the wizard’s curse? Or, will he fail once again, and be doomed to live in the land of Ho forever?
Bryce Fegan has truly captured the essence of grumpiness in his adorable rhyming book, The Grumpface. The storyline contains imagination, intrigue, mixed with dashes of comedy, romance and an unexpected twist near the end of storyline. The main character, Dan is very inspiring. He keeps reaching for the brass ring, refusing to accept defeat, despite failing every single time. His ‘go-go-go’ attitude is a positive example for children to glean from. As for the antagonist of the book, the Grumpface, one cannot resist the urge to grab this sour-puss off the page and sweeten him up with a hug.
Daniela Frongia did an outstanding job illustrating the story-line. Her interpretation of how a grump-face should look is spot-on, warts and all. The grouchiness of this character, especially the eyes, can be felt. Ms. Frongia’s detail is showcased brilliantly with her illustration of the volcano. It looks so real, one can almost hear the lava bubbling. The palate of colors chosen throughout the book are subtle, yet, complement the classic vibe of the book, giving it a dash of old world charm.
Before leaving this Book Review, you must complete these three tasks:
1. Make a cup of coffee for yourself.
2. Make hot chocolate for the kid(s).
3. Add a copy of The Grumpface to your book collection.
BCR Fegan is an award-winning author who has written a number of fairy tales and fantasies for children and young adults. He is inspired by stories that resonate deeply with our desire for adventure, yearning for magic and search for meaning. When Fegan is not writing children’s books, he is forging worlds in the realm of Young Adult Fiction.
Book Summary: Each year, approximately 4,400 children commit suicide due to bullying. ‘Bullied Dying to Fit In’ is every bullied person’s story and needs to be heard. Will you listen? The book captures the raw emotional side of bullying. Though everyone’s bully story is different, the pain felt is the same. The broken-heart tells the tale. ‘Bullied Dying to Fit In’ takes the bullied, the non-bullied and even the bully on an emotional roller-coaster of tears, insight and triumph.
How did you become involved with bullying?
I was severely bullied from the age of five until my mid-twenties.
Were you ever suicidal because of being bullied?
Yes. It did reach a point where I attempted suicide one time.
What stopped you from ending your life?
I realized that if I ended my life, the bullies won. And, they were not worth my life. I decided I wanted to no longer be a victim. I wanted to overcome the pain and help bullied kids to not feel the horrific pain I had experienced for years.
Did you write ‘Bullied Dying to Fit In’ as a way to help you heal from being bullied? It is put together in an unusual format, not like most books about bullying.
Yes and no. Yes, because it did help me heal as the words poured forth.
But, the main reason I chose to write ‘Bullied Dying to Fit In’ and, in that particular format, was because the market is flooded with so many “my bully story” books. I wanted the reader to know that “I get it”. I understand how they feel because I have been there. But, at the same time, I also wanted to allow the reader (a person who is being bullied) to see it as “their story”. I also wrote it this way for those who have never been bullied, to help them realize how painful it is to be bullied. And, I am hoping to help parents who have a child being bullied or lost a child who was bullied to understand the pain and maybe answer some of the ‘whys’ which are often asked after a tragedy.
What do you hope the book accomplishes for those who are being bullied?
By the turn of the last page, I want bullied kids to see their future in a positive light and to heal from the pain and know that they are not alone. The book contains five sections; hurting, facts, scoop, healing and #tbh, which range from the pain of being bullied, to information, to the bold truth about bullying and how to gain strength to rise above it.
How do we end bullying?
Unfortunately, there will always be bullying. Bullying exists even in the animal and insect world. As for humans, hopefully through better education programs at school, more communication at home with their parents, the teaching of basic manners, learning how to agree to disagree and develop better acceptance and tolerance of others. As a society we need to become more sensitized and less desensitized. This happens by having more human contact vs electronic communication.
Taking these steps, a bullied victim will better understand how to stop being a victim and see their bully through new eyes. The same goes for the bully. Hopefully he or she will learn how to better communicate with others without using physical, mental or emotional abuse towards them.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing ‘Bullied Dying to Fit In’?
I discovered I had a lot of pain that was tucked away down inside that I never dealt with.
And have you since dealt with the pain?
I have. But, I would be lying if I told you everything in my life is perfect since dealing with and healing from the pain. Perfection is an unrealistic goal. And, if anyone tells you otherwise, they are mistaken.
If you had one piece of advice to give, what would it be?
Life throws us challenges every day. It’s how we choose to handle those challenges that makes us or breaks us. You have the power – you have had it all along. The power of choice. You can choose to allow a bully to ruin your life. Or, you can choose to take your life back. Your choice.
What do you think makes a good story?
What were your goals and intentions in this book?
To help someone not feel the way I did about myself for the longest time because of bullying. Having people hate you hurts. And, I did hate myself right along with the bullies. When someone says hateful things about you over and over, it’s hard not to believe them after a while.
How do you feel you achieved your goals and intentions in ‘Bullied Dying to Fit In‘?
If I help only one person overcome bullying and heal, then mission accomplished.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
I would have to say the section entitled, “hurting” because I had to reach deep down inside and basically bear mine and every bullied person’s soul. It was a very painful, and yet at the same time healing journey. Being bullied is very damaging to a person mentally, physically and emotionally. It goes deeper than I think most people realize.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I really enjoyed writing the section entitled, “#tbh” because it is truthful, honest and positive. The section talks to you, not at you. So, for those who have no one to talk to or get advice from, this section can be helpful.
Bullied Dying To Fit In
Author: Normandy D. Piccolo
Illustrator: Normandy D. Piccolo
Publisher: Normandy’s Bright Ideas
Genre: Parenting / Relationships / Juvenile Non-Fiction / Bullying
Price: $10.99 (Paperback) $2.99 (Kindle)
Available at: Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com/uk
Author Bio: Normandy D. Piccolo is a writer, book reviewer and former Advertising Copywriter. She has written several books featuring “underdog characters”, appeared on Television and in Mom Blogs, written radio scripts for the “Click It or Ticket” national campaign and for “Operation Lifesaver” with well-known Country Stars including Charlie Daniels. Her song, “My Bestfriend Ted”, received continuous air-play on Chicago radio. Additionally, she worked on the GodSpeaks Billboard campaign contributing campaign concepts, along with scripts for the televised cartoon, Auto-B-Good. She is a participant of the Hillsborough County Anti-Bullying Advisory Committee.
“I believe there is nothing better in the world than to take hold of a book and while reading, allowing the book to take hold of you and your imagination. Reading, next to learning, truly is the greatest adventure of them all.”
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Bonjour! Let’s Learn French: Visit New Places and Make New Friends
Author: Judy Martialay
Illustrator: Judy Martialay
Publisher: BookBaby; Bilingual edition
Genre: Children’s Books / Language
Price: $16.99 (Paperback) $Unlimited (Kindle)
Available at: Amazon.com
Buckle your seat belts for Pete the Pilot is not your ordinary airline pilot in the book, Bonjour! Let’s Learn French: Visit New Places and Make New Friends. While in flight to France, Pete teaches his young passengers some important French words to help them navigate around the country easier. And, that is only the beginning of the adventure. While at the beach, the children, Arlette, Jacques, Marie and Pierre unwittingly construct a special château (castle) and help make a little escargot’s (snail’s) dream of being King come true.
The beginning of the book transports the reader to France, while the following pages incorporate some lessons in elementary French language use. Ms. Martialay has added practice exercises for the reader to learn colors, objects, days of the week, art, music, and the culture to help the reader further expand in French speaking skills. An adventure with Louis the escargot, who goes into town and must use French to get around, adds to the reader’s practice for using the French language. The one thing Bonjour! Let’s Learn French: Visit New Places and Make New Friends could use would be a breakdown on how to properly pronounce the French words.
The illustrations in Bonjour! Let’s Learn French: Visit New Places and Make New Friends are displayed in a variety of tones – from light pastels, to vibrant colors that leap off the page. One cannot help but to develop a love for snails after seeing the adorable drawings of Louis the Escargot. It is quite evident Ms. Martialay is very talented when putting brush in hand. To add further flavor to the book are actual pictures of some delicious French food, along with the French flag and a few other surprises.
If you or your child want to begin to learn French, then Bonjour! Let’s Learn French: Visit New Places and Make New Friends, is the perfect book to get you started. Au revoir! (Goodbye!)
Judy Martialay was born in Mount Vernon, New York, and received a BA from Mount Holyoke College and MA from Columbia University. She taught world or foreign languages in elementary school, middle and high school. During and after retirement, she devoted time to public advocacy for foreign language education with the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers. Her dream is to give all children the opportunity to experience a foreign language, as early as possible. Judy has traveled to Mexico, France, Spain, Italy, Algeria, China, Ethiopia, Greece, Israel and other countries. She loves guitar, oil painting, and gardening. She lives in Sea Cliff, N.Y. with husband Javier, has two daughters and one granddaughter.