Andrea Arco-Mastromichalis Takes Lighthearted Look at Naptime in New Book
Andrea Arco-Mastromichalis' first children's book: "Wally McBap Needs A Nap!" has received three awards: A 2014 Mom's Choice Award for Children's General Fiction, a Creative Child Magazine 2014 Children's Book of the Year Award, and an Honorable Mention in the Children's Book Category from the Paris Book Festival. Published in September 2013 through Headline Books, Inc., an independent publishing house with a robust children's books division, "Wally" takes a look at the importance of naptime from both a child's and an adult's perspective.
In "Wally McBap Needs A Nap!," readers follow Wally through a busy day filled with make-believe, magic, and more. Wally is so busy, in fact, that he doesn't want to stop for naptime. Parents and children alike will recognize the common situation of a child fighting sleep. The children's picture book includes tips for getting children to take a nap and has received 5-star reviews from language and speech pathologists, reading specialists, pediatric psychologists, and families.
"My oldest son struggled with naptime; he was just too busy to be bothered with the rest he so desperately needed," said Arco-Mastromichalis. "I took an exaggerated, humorous look at our struggle and told the story in rhyme, utilizing a fast-paced cadence that makes reading it aloud fun."
A graduate of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, Arco-Mastromichalis used her communications and journalism degrees to jump-start a career in corporate marketing, working at various organizations and agencies throughout the U.S before starting her own marketing firm, Arco & Associates, in 2005. The company is based in St. Louis, MO and she works with clients across the nation. "Wally" is her first, but probably not her last, children's book.
"I've been thrilled about, and humbled by, the response to Wally," says Arco-Mastromichalis. "What began as a silly story to help my oldest recognize the detrimental effects of skipping naptime turned into a book that both parents and children can relate to in a big way."