A Reel Cool Summer

Children - General
32 Pages
Reviewed on 09/01/2011
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Author Biography

Martha Rodriguez is the author of the children’s picture book, A Reel Cool Summer, a book of short stories for kids titled Smell My Feet! 10 Seriously Silly and Sweet Short Stories for Squirts, and What About Barnaby? a middle grade fiction book.

She is a wife and mother of three awesome children. 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 story behind A Reel Cool Summer. With encouragement from family and friends she decided to write and self-publish the book. Her oldest son, Joey, illustrated the book, making it a fun family project.

Martha was born in Havana, Cuba and came to the United States at the age of three.

She has been active in her church as well as her children’s schools; volunteering wherever her talents were in demand. She is a supporter of literacy initiatives and has been a volunteer Adult Literacy Tutor with Literacy Volunteers of Leon County (LVLC). She served on the Board of Directors of LVLC from 2008-2011 as a member, the Vice President and as Fundraising Committee Chair.

Martha and her family live in New York City.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anna del C. Dye. for Readers' Favorite

We have all heard our kids complaining of hot and boring days during summer vacations. In this well-written book, Martha Rodriguez helps kids find a way to see things in a different light. She shows them how to do something about boredom without expecting others to entertain them so their day will be fun.

The story is simple. Three siblings are hot and bored one summer day, so they decide to ask for a pool. Their mother tells them that pools cost lots of money. The oldest child then finds a flyer in the mailbox that talks about a film competition for kids. The first prize is $100. With that they could buy a pool!

Now the children have a goal in mind, and they work together to make it come true. The older brother becomes the photographer and his brother and sister, the actors. They include their pets in their movie and spend the whole day filming. They forget how bored and hot they were. At the end they barely make it to the film competition. Then they just have to wait for the results.

This excellent book will give children new ideas of things to do to overcome boredom when school is out. It will also help them see that a little imagination can go a long ways on a boring day. It is fun and a great learning tool for all who read it. A Reel Cool Summer will become a must have addition to any home or school library.