Here are the 2 authors we have at VHOB this week. Ellen is Thursday, November 14, at 7:00, and Jenn is Saturday, November 16, at 2:00. Ellen Kirschman is a real life police psychologist and the author of two books: I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know; I Love a Fire Fighter: What the Family Needs to Know, and co-author of Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know. She is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's division 18 award for Outstanding Contributions to Police and Public Safety Psychology. Burying Ben: A Dot Meyerhoff Mystery is her debut novel. Before it was published, it was awarded first prize for the best not-yet-in-print novel by the Public Safety Writers Association.
A New Children’s Book on the ’Frustrating Joys’ of Motherhood
September 16, 2013 -- San Jose, California -- Ever had your child wipe his nose on your clothes or use your new dress as a towel?
A homeschooling mom of two boys, Jennifer Castro knows this subject well. Her debut picture book, MOM*ME, is about what mommies definitely are not and some exciting things they can be.
Illustrator Hildy Charboneau’s delightful illustrations bounce the story from one childlike antic to another. When the featured son getsa sticky apple to toss, mommy’s purse is not the place for it. But ask for a taxi ride and mommy will happily paddle him across the swimming pool.
MOM*ME (By Jennifer Castro, Illustrated by Hildy Charboneau, Publisher - Hippowl Press)has nerve, edge and zing. It laughs at what children do to their moms and celebrates how children play with the people who love them. MOM*ME is for anyone who wants to chuckle at the zany things the little people in their lives do. It’s for moms discovering how to set limits and fully enjoy all the sweet moments between caretaker and child. It’s also for any child who wants his mom and family to understand that when he does things he’s not supposed to, he doesn’t mean any harm; it’s simply his exuberance and imagination taking over.
At a time when kids are learning acceptable social behavior, MOM*ME lends humorous parenting advice. The colorful pictures and short sentences speak volumes without belittling or scolding. So put on your PJ’s, put your child in his, grab a blanket, and snuggle up together on the couch. Be warned, you’re about to giggle out loud.
“MOM*ME is fun from cover to cover. Moms, dads, any caretaker will immediately‘get it’ and feel understood.” -- Jacqueline Eustis, New Jersey teacher and school administrator.
“As a teacher, and the mother of an active daughter, I marvel at this whimsical representation of life with a toddler. All the scenes have real life elements we can relate to.” -- Carolyn Bowman, teacher, Alum Rock School, San Jose, California.
“MOM*ME is a fun to read, easy to relate to picture book filled with the ways children mistakenly use - but ultimately love - their moms.” -- Dawn Huebner, Ph.D., What to Do When You Worry Too Much.
“This is a fun book about the messy and magical world of mothering.” -- Diane Flynn Keith, Homefires Editor, Papa's Pearls.
About the Author
Jennifer Castro is a teacher. MOM*ME is her first published book. When she’s not writing children’s books, she’s homeschooling her two children and urban homesteading with her husband in California. She says: “I love being there for my kids – playing, reading, teaching, and consoling, as needed. But I’ve also wanted to accomplish something in the wider world. It’s great being a mom, and I love writing about it too.”
About the Illustrator
Hildy Charboneau is an illustrator and gallery artist guided by her experiences teaching and creating art. She’s also a mom of two grown children, who she visits regularly in New York City for inspiration. MOM*ME is her first published book. Hildy lives in California with her husband and puppy love.