By David F. Rooney
The Tale of Charlie The Toad, the latest children’s book by local author Mieke Blommestein is a lovely and beautifully illustrated soft-cover book for young boys and girls.
“I am very pleased with it,” she said in an interview Tuesday. “It’s a nice story and Diane’s illustrations are gorgeous.”
This slim volume, the second in a series of books written by Blommestein and illustrated by Pasadena, Calif., artist Diane Perruzzi, features a toad named Charlie whose vivid fantasy life fails to cure him of the blues. Fortunately he meets a helpful grasshopper who helps him learn a valuable lesson about life and love.
Like its predecessor, 2009’s successful The Tale of Miss Spider Who Spun Her Web, there is a gentle lesson for children contained in its pages.
Blommestein said she will be selling copies of her latest book at the Farmers’ Market on Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 from 10 am until 3 pm and will be signing copies at Grizzly Books on Dec. 18 from noon until 3 pm.
Copies can also be found at Amazon.com and at book stores in Nelson, Salmon Arm, Winlaw and in Vancouver on Granville Island.