Grayson and the Great Crayon Secret written by local Long Island author, Anthony Baldasare is a delightful read for children.
“It’s the first day of school, but Grayson has a problem. Two very important colors are missing from his crayon box. Where did they go? How can he color a rainbow without them? Perhaps Grayson will find a way when he discovers the Great Crayon Secret.”
The text is written in a rhyming rythym which my daughter’s noticed right away. As my daughter’s were reading the story they could relate to the main character Grayson who is a student in school because they too, love school and are excited to learn. The girls were excited to see what the Great Crayon Secret was and when they reach that part of the story they were excited to talk about it and then, create with their crayons, too.
We highly recommend Grayson and the Great Crayon Secret for your child.
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About Anthony Baldasare:
Anthony has been writing since age seven, but a love for filmmaking led him down a different road. As a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) Local 52 Prop Department, Anthony has worked on over thirty feature films and dozens of TV shows. Credits include: Julie & Julia, Malcolm X, A Bronx Tale, the Sopranos, and Law and Order. Although sidetracked by this demanding career, the writing “bug” never left. While raising two boys with his spirited and dedicated wife Barbara, Anthony found time to write screenplays, attaining recognition from the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship Competition twice, and having another screenplay optioned.
Now, coming full circle, Anthony is focusing on children’s stories, which happen to bring him the most satisfaction. He chose Grayson and the Great Crayon Secret as his first venture, adapting an original story he wrote way, way back in second grade.
Having survived a three-year battle with cancer, he decided to forego the traditional publishing route. “I’m writing for myself now, eager to get some of my ideas and stories out there. I hope, of course, others will find them enjoyable. Today’s technology has afforded me the opportunity to do that, and I’m incredibly grateful.”
About Donna Federico:
The illustrations were crafted by fellow-Long Islander, Donna Federico. Anthony said, “I discovered her talent through my wife Barbara, her friend and coworker for many years. Primarily a charcoal/ pencil artist, we developed the idea to have “GRAYson” remain “uncolored” through most of the story, Likewise, color is added to his surroundings as they story progresses. Donna’s contribution shones on every page. I will be forever grateful, and hope to work with her on future books.”
On a side note:
I asked Anthony if he could write a message to the girls in our copy of the book since we were doing a review. What he wrote I had to share because it was such a sweet message that we love reading every time the girls read the book. The girls agree, “Crayons are like smiles; it’s always fun to share them!”
Thank you Anthony for allowing us to read your first children’s book and we hope you write another soon.