Alycat has woken up Monday morning in a foul mood- she has a case of the Monday Blues! Aly can't think of a talent for the school talent show and the weather is stormy, how will she turn her day around? A jazzy beat from her friend Spotty may be just what she needs. Aly turns all of her frustrations into a song and swings her blue day to a new day.
Alycat is a very easy character for children to identify with. All children have frustrating days, but don't always realize that they have the tools to help themselves through it. With just a little bit of guidance from Mom cat, Alycat was able to solve her own problem. I loved that Alycat was able to voice her frustrations through music and help a friend at the same time. It was a definite bonus for me to be able to listen to the music in the book with a code online, this way I was able to sing along to the song with my son. The illustrations in the books are bright, colorful and simple enough for children to recognize features. My son enjoyed pointing out the cats, bus, and toys to me as we looked through. Overall, a fun book that gives children the tools to recognize and deal with their emotions.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
My Other Profession Besides Being an Author
by Alysson Foti Bourque
Prior to becoming a children’s book author, I graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Biology. I began my teaching career as a first-grade teacher and loved it. After teaching for a year, I decided that I wanted to keep challenging myself and applied for and was accepted into law school at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, LA. Three years later, I graduated and passed the bar exam and took a job as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Louisiana. Two kids and six years later, I decided to put my law career on hold to spend more time at home with the kids. This was the best decision I have ever made. I was able to slow down in life and enjoy the little things. I had more time to write about things that I enjoyed—not just trial briefs and motions.
I still have a license to practice law but I am consumed with the demands of publishing a book, so I’ll keep it on hold for now. As an author, I am able to work while my kids are at school and bring them to some events. They really enjoy the book events and my daughter now dresses up in the Alycat mascot costume, while my son leads the crafting portion of the event. It’s a family effort and I wouldn’t have it any other way.