Long-time San Juan Island resident debuts children’s book

  • Tue Apr 23rd, 2019 1:30am
  • Life

Submitted by RA Cook

RA Cook, local San Juan islander also known as Rebecca or Becca, has announced the publishing of her debut children’s picture book “Calvin Splinter & His Splendid Splinter Ideas.” Meet Cook at the Orcas Island Library, Saturday, April 27 at 11 a.m. Along with a slideshow, she will read her lively children’s story. Children, parents, grandparents and friends welcome.

“Calvin Splinter & His Splendid Splinter Ideas” is a story of hope and renewal. Written and illustrated by Cook, the book is specifically geared for children ages four to nine. The easily read text and delightful art carry a strong environmental message, dovetailing with such themes as intuitive ideas, relationship building and working together for a common 10-year goal project, the 32-page book comes with a catchy marimba tune entitled “The Humming Song,” lyrics by Cook, music written and arranged by Cook and Margie Smith.

Classically trained and a graduate of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Cook has a degree in illustration. An award-winning graphic designer and published author, she has worked in the newspaper, magazine and book industry for over three decades.

“I have designed many a book for clients in the past but writing and illustrating my own books is my passion and life’s work,” Cook said.

Semi-retired, she plans to continue self-publishing more of her books.

“There are two other children’s picture books developed and waiting in the wings. Plus a middle-grade book about an Icelandic troll as well as a magical realism novel about time travel on Orcas Island,” Cook said. “So, you might say I’m busy – passionately busy. But I’m not too busy to sign one of my books for you.”

Look for “Calvin Splinter & His Splendid Splinter Ideas” at your local bookstore or get a free bookmark and autographed book when you purchase online at http://www.hmapublishing.com.