Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! The warmer weather reminds me of many happy summer days spent on the beach at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York where I grew up. And thinking of the beach reminds me of many snacks lost to marauding seagulls! When I saw this new book by the lovely Michelle Vattula, I knew I wanted to share it with you.
THE STALKING SEAGULLS
Written by Michelle Vattula
Illustrated by T.L. Derby
Published by Maclaren-Cochrane Publishing (Dyslexic edition: April 2021)
Themes: Ingenuity, summer fun, seagulls
Synopsis: From Amazon:
This book is Dyslexic inclusive; it is printed in a font that everyone can read, including people with dyslexia.
One boy. One sandwich. One hungry flock of seagulls. Armed with his beastly beach balls and bucket blockade, Alec strives to safeguard his sandwich. In this battle of wits, one clever counterattack stands between Alec and a fun-filled day at the beach. THE STALKING SEAGULLS will engage the reader in this playful power struggle between boy and bird with an outcome neither one anticipates.
Level Learner Books # 2 Basic language, word repetition, and whimsical illustrations, ideal for sharing with your emergent reader.
For more info about the font, go to http://www.Dyslexiefont.com
Why I Love This Book
- It reminds me of summers at the beach…and I know kids will relate to the seagulls who can sometimes be somewhat aggressive/annoying in their pursuit of your lunch.
- Bold vivid illustrations will keep kids engaged and turning the pages.
- Text is printed in Dyslexiefont, accessible to all readers.
I’m a big fan of paper plate crafts…fun, easy, and inexpensive! For detailed instructions: https://www.localfunforkids.com/home/preschool-summer-bird-craft-paper-plate-seagull.html
And today, not only do we get a fun new picture book title to check out and a cool paper plate craft to try, but we also get a visit from the lovely Michelle Vattula who stopped by to chat about her path to publication. Take it away, Michelle!
MICHELLE: Thanks for inviting me to stop by, Vivian.
So, the hardest part of writing was to know where to start. I was very naive and needed guidance. I found that guidance through the SCBWI. At my first conference, is where I found my first critique group which has been vital to my writing career.
The most difficult part of the publication process for The Stalking Seagulls, was having patience. The book publication date was pushed back numerous times and I waited 3 years for its release.
My inspiration for this book came from a day at the beach while visiting my parents in Florida. When lunch time approached, so did the seagulls. They didn’t care what we had, they wanted anything. Who hasn’t been stalked by a seagull?
I definitely have, Michelle! And I’m sure many of our readers have, too. And I want to remind them to make sure they leave a comment to be entered in the wonderful giveaway! Maybe everyone can tell us about their seagull or other animal-snatching experiences. Please also share the post on social media.
I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Please stay safe, dear friends. I’ll be visiting the Blue Bunny Bookstore on Saturday – one of my local SCBWI friends wants to take a drive. I wonder what book I’ll come home with?