Originally typewritten in all caps, Rhonda Weisberg’s first book, “Rodney and Rainbow’s Adventures in Friendship, Book 1,” launched last week.
“I found it and I thought, ‘Oh, this is actually pretty good,’” she said.
A graphic designer by trade, Weisberg has always loved to write, but is now making her first foray into published writing, and she has her sights set high.
“I’m hoping to make this a series,” she said. “There are lots of life lessons that we all learn the hard way and I want to teach kids about competition and jealousy and listening skills and all kinds of lessons.”
Her first in the series focuses on friendship, as Rodney, a dog inspired by a childhood neighbor’s Cairn Terrier, and Rainbow, a cat, undertake a lighthearted adventure and learn what it means to be a good friend.
In addition to writing the book, Weisberg also illustrated it, putting her graphic design skills on display. In terms of why children’s books appealed to her, Weisberg explained that she hadn’t so much set out to write one, but it felt natural.
“I think it might be that I’m still a kid myself,” she said. “I really think that when it comes to friendship it’s that adults sometimes fumble with the same things they did as little kids. Kids aren’t ever taught about how to be a good friend; they learn through trial and error.”
Published on July 23, “Rodney and Rainbow’s Adventures in Friendship” is available on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2Zd23UF.