Children’s Book Reviews of Whale Island and the Mysterious Bones


For authors of all genres, a great book review is so uplifting that it seems like “music” to their ears and poetry to their souls!

Recently, I had received several book reviews from middle-grade youngsters who completed reading my book, Whale Island and the Mysterious Bones. I learned that Sam, a 12 year-old from Long Island would be writing one for  Boating Times Long Island Magazine, which was published in their April issue.  I did not meet Sam or know him – all I knew was that the editor of the magazine asked him if he would write the review and he agreed. I was pleasantly surprised at Sam’s mastery in crafting beautiful words that described my plot, and the way he felt while he was reading the book. A copy of his review can be found in this link:

Another excellent review recently came to me from Patrick, an elementary school aged boy whose mother is a fellow member of the Long Island Authors Group, a non-profit that promotes authorship on Long Island. Patrick wrote his comments in a book report that described in detail the protagonists’ journey from Cape Cod (where they live) to an island thousands of miles from their home (Whale Island). Patrick ended his book report with this comment:

“I liked this book because it had a lot of twists and turns in it. It was very well-written and it was a very good book.”

I wonder if these children realize that their words are priceless and  are exremely encouraging, especially coming from a youngster. Children today have packed schedules, between school obligations and afterschool activities, so taking the time to write a book review is greatly appreciated – it brings joy to an author! Plus, it’s a wonderful feeling to know youngsters are enjoying their book/reading experiences. I am fond of saying to them and all who love to read books that take you on unforgettable adventures that inspire and enrich the mind, “Keep reading and enjoy the journey!”

Author and Illustrator Night at New Lane Elementary School

The PTA at New Lane Elementary School in Selden has an Author/Selden_New Lane Elementary School1_March 2013Illustrators evening annually where they invite local authors and illustrators to attend and meet the children. What is so nice about this event is that the children learn about the art and/or books of the authors and illustrators prior to the event.

When I arrived at the school, much to my surprise and delight, there was a beautiful piece of artwork displayed on the wall behind the table where I would have my books and props.  It was a warm and wonderful welcome and unique to experiences I’ve had at other schools where I was invited to provide author talks. I was truly touched by the fact that the children and their teachers took the time to create this piece! It was a large wall display that was similar to the cover of my book, with a beautiful whale leaping up and out of the water….it was plain to see that the children in Ms. Kalinowski and Ms. Babb’s classes spent a good deal of time perfecting their art, as it captured my book cover to perfection!

Being a part of  the Author and Illustrator Night was a pleasure, not only for me but for the other authors and illustrators who were on hand. Some, like me, were members of the Long  Island Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group, a terrific organization that helps promote local authors and aspiring authors. All in all, we had a great evening…and I sold 12 books.

I’m happy to spread the word about my children’s book  to children everywhere…that’s my goal—as well as giving children the same feeling I had when I read a great book and never wanted it to end!