By Martha Rodriguez, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: July 15, 2011
A Reel Cool Summer
Written by Martha Rodriguez
Illustrated by Joey Rodriguez
Published: June 21, 2011
It’s the hottest, most boring day of summer vacation! It’s so hot and boring, it feels like you’re in a mall that’s made of really, really hot lava! Confused? That’s okay. It will all make sense once you meet Joey, Danny and Jacqui. Will the three siblings find a way to cool down? Can they turn this boring day around? Will aliens take over the world? Wait… what?
A Reel Cool Summer has all the ingredients for a great movie adventure: a pirate, a princess, a prize and a pig (well, two pigs… well, actually, two guinea pigs)!
Martha Rodriguez is a wife and mother of three. Like most moms, she has had many years of experience answering the question, “We’re bored, what can we do?” One answer to that question brought about the true story behind A Reel Cool Summer, a colorful book about three kids using their imagination and creativity to make a boring, hot day into a real, or reel, cool one!
Knowing that the children’s book industry is hard to break into, Martha decided to self-publish her first book. By using a small, family-owned printing house in Tallahassee, FL, her hometown, she was able to realize her goal of producing the entire book in the United States. Her son, Joey, is the real Joey from the story so it was easy for him to capture the quirky nature of the characters in his digitally created illustrations.
Martha has been active in her church as well as her children’s schools; volunteering wherever her talents were in demand. She has been a volunteer Adult Literacy Tutor with Literacy Volunteers of Leon County and served as a member of its Board of Directors from 2008-2011.
Martha is the owner of Read To Me Publishing, LLC. She is currently working on a second book which is soon to be released.
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