Headline Books Announces Release of Children’s Book Authored by Ballwin Resident

November 13, 2013

 St. Louis marketing firm owner, mom, and first-time children’s book author to read and sign at West County Mall’s Barnes and Noble

St. Louis, MO – Headline Books, Inc., a publishing house based in Terra Alta, WV, announces the release of Ballwin resident’s, Andrea Arco-Mastromichalis, first children’s book: Wally McBap Needs A Nap!  Wally takes a look at the importance of naptime from both a child’s and adult’s perspective.

Ms. Arco-Mastromichalis will be reading and signing Wally at the West County Barnes and Noble on Friday, November 22 at 3 pm for their “Bring your grandparents to story time” event.

Wally McBap is a busy boy! His day is full of make-believe, magic, and reading books. He’s having so much fun he doesn’t want to stop for naptime, even though it’s just what he needs. In Wally McBap Needs a Nap!, 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.”

Reviewers agree.

“Ms. Arco-Mastromichalis’ jaunty rhythm entices the reader to join Wally in his mischief. Her aptly chosen steps and missteps of a tired child engender the verse with both hilarity and credibility. The lively, lyrical quality invites children and parents to enjoy the universal subject of napping in an original, enchanting way,” said Debra Benedetti, author, Season of Play, Mom’s Choice Award Winner and Indie Book Award-Finalist.

The book is recommended for children ages 1-5. Ms. Arco-Mastromichalis has conducted readings at several preschools and early childhood centers throughout the St. Louis area. For more, visit www.wallymcbap.com.

About the Author

Andrea N. Arco-Mastromichalis is founder and CEO of Arco & Associates LLC, a marketing communications firm based in St. Louis, Mo., that serves clients nationwide. Arco-Mastromichalis has been published in The Boston Business Journal, Women’s Business, The National Law Journal and The Pittsburgh Business Times. She graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., with degrees in communications and journalism. She holds advanced certifications in corporate communications, public relations, and business marketing process and planning. A lifelong creative writer, this is Arco-Mastromichalis’ first children’s book. She resides in Ballwin with her husband and two sons, one of whom was the inspiration for Wally. For more information visit www.WallyMcBap.com.

 News media interviews are available upon request.

Wally McBap Needs a Nap! by Andrea N. Arco-Mastromichalis, illustrated by Ashley Teets, ISBN 9780938467830, 7 x 10 paperback, 32 pages, Retail $12.95. Available at local and online bookstores, including Amazon.com. http://www.headlinekids.com/



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