Friday, October 19, 2007

New book review!

Here's the latest review of Why Won't Anyone Play with Me?  It's in my hometown paper:

Former resident chooses a kitten to share moral of story
One of Marshfield's own has published a children's book recently.
"Why Won't Anyone Play with Me?" is the most recent offering from the creative mind of Joy Smith.  Smith grew up in the area and attended the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh prior to entering the working world.
Her writing career began as a child when she made books to entertain herself and others.  Following her education, she was employed by the Christian Science Monitor for 10 years.  She and her sisters then opened a kennel, which was followed by an antique shop.
Throughout these years, Smith was writing and publishing articles and stories.  In addition to her latest book, Smith has published "Building a Cool House for Hot Times without Scorching the Pocketbook," and an audio book, "Sugar Time."
Her current book was published in July by Publish America.  It is a soft-cover, 15-page picture book for the 3-to 6-year-old reader.  The delightful, delicate illustrations have been provided by Andrea Gradidge. 
The story focuses on a valuable lesson that all children need to learn.  The main character, pouncer Kallie Kitten, plays too rough with her wild friends.  Gradually none of them wants to spend time with her anymore.  The character selection is clever and age appropriate.  Smith makes the attendent life lesson clear at the conclusion of the story.
The author has cleverly included cutouts of the main characters as a supplement to the book.  This is a nice touch and provides a fun physical activity for the young reader that compliments the story.
"Why Won't Anyone Play with Me?" is available from, Barnes &, and the publisher.  The cost for this book is $19.95. 
By Barbara Mahler  10/14/07 Sunday
Barbara Mahler is a correspondent for Gannett Wisconsin newspapers.   


Anonymous said...

congratulations joy!!!!!  hope the book does well.


Anonymous said...


Thank you!