Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written.

When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review, courtesy of Conny Withay:

"The Adventures of Zealy and Whubba" by Roe De Pinto

The Adventures of Zealy and Whubba: A New Life Begins!

by Roe De Pinto

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 978-1478763673


A very special welcome to a beautiful, baby girl…bright-eyed, little seal pup, that is! When adorable, little Zealy is born, Whubba couldn’t be more excited! The latest in his line of powerful orcas, he’s the protector around here―and now, he’s also going to keep Zealy safe in her new marine environment, and doing so with tender, loving care! With its bright and cheery illustrations, The Adventures of Zealy and Whubba, “a New Life Begins”, the first in a series, is appropriate for infants through age five. As Zealy grows up under Whubba’s watchful gaze, the two adventurous babies teach readers that growing with love, caring and sharing are the most important parts of family life, as they melt your heart with their precious innocence. Roe De Pinto is a graduate of a three-year program in children’s literature from the Institute of Children’s Literature. Though she started working on the Zealy and Whubba series as a legacy for her children and grandchildren, sharing the characters’ infectious smiles with children all around the world is her ultimate goal! Experience the fun and educate your children through their little escapades!


~ What ~
The first book in the series, this unnumbered twenty-four-page paperback targets children ages three to seven years old. With no profanity or scary scenes, it is a story about finding a friend. Due to some two- and three-syllable words, it would be best read out loud to beginner readers. Full-color, full-page illustrations are usually on one side of the page with black writing against white backgrounds on blue are on the opposite side.

After a dedication, this short tale is about a white seal pup that is born in 2010 named Zealy. Every morning she opens her big eyes and sees her loving mother and father. One morning when she wakes up, she sees a big baby orca in the water, and her father tells her not to be afraid. The orca is named Whubba and splashes a lot since she is so happy to see Zealy. The two become fast friends as Whubba watches over Zealy day and night.

~ Why ~
This is an innocuous read for children as it shows how friendship develops through care and consideration of others. Although dark in some scenes, the drawings do not have much detail but are colorful. I like the depictions of the animals having big, bright eyes.

~ Why Not ~
If you do not like pretend stories about sea animals, this may not be a book for you or your child. With the complicated wording, it may frustrate beginner readers due to containing some hard-to-understand words such as excited, wonderful, and fabulous. Since it is the first in the series, the story is somewhat vague, so the reader has to wait for the sequel to see what happens next.

~ Who ~
Mother and grandmother, De Pinto spent three years studying children’s literature. This is her first book in the series. Since it is not stated, it is assumed she is the illustrator also.

~ Wish ~
It would be helpful for beginner readers if the book contained shorter words and sentences so it could be used as a teaching tool for young readers.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a series about friendship between a seal and orca, this one may be a good beginning story.

reviewed by Conny Withay  ]

Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:

A sweet story with lovely illustrations to delight the very young. The story is short enough to keep the attention span of toddlers, who will thoroughly love the friendly artwork while listening to the words of the story. The story is about a baby seal being born and waking up to fresh new surroundings. This book is perfect for bonding with babies and introducing them to new shapes and fantastic colors.

– Amazon Reviewer Lisa’s Kids’ Book Reviews

Whenever a baby mammal is born, it’s mother instinctively watches over him. Parents share their love and affection for the baby and it is common for babies to enjoy the company of other babies. This is no different with Zealy and Whubba in The Adventures of Zealy and Whubba: A New Life Begins by Roe De Pinto.

Zealy is the new seal pup born one winter to loving parents. Zealy is carefully watched over by her parents. One day a young orca whale, Whubba, splashes by and quickly becomes friends with Zealy and immediately finds himself protecting the pup from whatever might harm her.

Typically, a seal pup is on the food chain for several creatures. There is no indication of the dangers that are present for Zealy. But with Whubba, Zealy is safe.

Adorable and loved book that my son and I read together. I especially love the images of Zealy and Whubba. Zealy’s parents are a bit on the dark side, but their soft eyes make them live able, too. A New Life Begins is a brief story that can be enjoyed by many young children. My son wished it continued on as he’s been reading longer stories lately and gets disappointed with shorter stories, especially when he enjoys the characters.

– Amazon Reviewer theodene

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