Part of my job and responsibility is to give ‘new’ authors a chance at exposure, through my reviews and interviews. It is part of my mission to support other authors and offer advice.
Vol. I & II of La Petite Rita are a good start to a charming series. Based upon the author’s childhood memories, it revolves around a little French girl (Rita) immigrating to the United States with her parents. Seen through Rita’s eyes, we observe Thanksgiving, first day at school, shopping, weddings, bicycles in the rain.
The unique feature in the author’s books is the use of the French language. Simple phrases that any child could learn. BUT, the footnote translation should be in phonetic (fa-net-ic) form as the actual phrase is already in the text of the story. This would teach the child ‘how’ to say the phrase in French.
The covers of the books have no title, so the reader isn’t told immediately what the book is about. By the title, La Petite Rita, my first impression was that it was a children’s book written in French. And the illustration on volume 2 really doesn’t tell the reader what it’s about. Only when they begin to read the book do they realize that it is a collection of very short stories. Missing inside is a content page with the title of each story.
New authors should value the cover artwork and ‘title’ beyond all else. These are the first things that might inspire the reader to carry your book to the check-out counter!
The books are charming little vignettes with a cute introduction to French. To purchase
Don’t miss my Interview with the author in November!
MY BLOGS feature INTERVIEWS with best-selling AUTHORS! Did you miss the past few months? September: Dylan Callens. October’s author is Donna Kauffman. In NOvember we say hello to ‘Rita’ the author of the above books.
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