Meet the Next Big Children’s Book Author/Illustrator…

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Holly Would - Book Cover 3-22-08


My 17 year old daughter, Soleil, had to do a children’s book project for English V Honors. The book is about a young girl named Holly Wood who is afraid of taking risks.

Holly Would - Falling Off Bike 3-22-08

She doesn’t like riding bikes, roller skating or swimming. The catchy chorus running throughout the book is preceded by a question: “Swimming in the Ocean? Holly shouldn’t… Holly couldn’t… Holly wouldn’t.”

Holly Would - Ocean scene 3-22-08

When Holly’s best friend, Michelle, encourages her to try out for the school play, Holly decides to take the leap.

Holly Would - Michelle Encourages 3-22-08

“Acting in the school play? Holly should… Holly could… Holly would!” This delightful story, full of clever word play and bright illustrations already has fans. One of Eliana’s (my 7 year old) classmates’ mother saw the book and asked Soleil if she could buy a copy!

Holly Would - Title Page 3-22-08

I am certain that you’ll be seeing Holly Would on the bookshelves. I think it will be Soleil’s first children’s book. Publishing a children’s book? Soleil should… Soleil could… Soleil would!  “Soleil, I know you’ll make it. I believe in you!”

I believe Soleil is going to be a bright new star in the children’s book world. And she’s only 17! Just wait! By the way, she’s already working on a second book: The Beastro, a story about monsters cooking up a storm.

Way to go, Soleil!

Warmly, Dianne