Excerpt from a review of a new children’s book, Little Ray and Shark Patch Things Up :
V. R. Duin is an experienced author of children’s books, having written and published four in her Goopy Ghost series, as well as a previous book featuring her Little Ray character, “The Amazing Flight of Little Ray.” As one might expect, Duin’s latest work proves that she has many of the techniques of children’s literature down to a science: Her rhymes flow nicely and relate the story without ever seeming forced. The illustrations are also well done, vibrantly colored and consistent, aiding the storytelling throughout.
In August 1998, Jonathan Kathrein was surfing in the southern end of Stinson Beach when he was attacked by a great white shark. Since the attack, he went through a long period of physical and emotional recovery. Fourteen years later, Kathrein is not only surfing again, but he’s a fierce defender of sharks. He covers his transformation in his new book Surviving the Shark: How a Brutal Great White Attack Turned a Surfer into a Dedicated Defender of Sharks.