Reviewed by Sabrina Petroski
Have you ever wondered what it was like inside the womb before you were born? In Beth Rosiello’s first children’s book, “Inside Mommy’s Tummy” (Dorrance Publishing), you can find out! With fun anecdotes from the point of view of the baby, and colorful photographs and animations, this book is a wonderfully creative way to get the inside scoop.
“Inside Mommy’s Tummy,” meant for children ages 3 to 8, transports the reader into the world of the baby before they are born; what they hear and who talks to them. Since the story is based on her family, Rosiello includes pictures of the parents, siblings, grandparents and even the family dog! We follow the pregnancy from start to finish, finding out the gender of the baby, what the nursery looks like and the experience of birth.
In a recent interview, the Centereach author gave some insight on how the book came about and the process of getting it published.
Tell me about yourself.
I’ve been married to my husband Frank for 32 years. We have two boys, Matt and Steven, and two grandchildren, Sean and Brianna. I’m into a lot of different things creatively speaking — crocheting, crafting, sewing, reading and writing and I love spending time with my family and friends. Currently I am semiretired.
What were your favorite books growing up?
I would sit for hours reading all kinds of books but my favorite were the Nancy Drew mystery series.
Why did you write this children’s book?
I have always wanted to write children’s books but just never had the time. I wanted to do something special for my granddaughter and that’s how this came about.
How did your family react when you told them you had an idea for a book?
My family was very supportive of my book. I actually wrote it first and then told them about it. They all loved the idea and were very proud of me.
Why did you choose to write a story from the point of view of a baby ?
I didn’t so much choose this as it just came to me. I woke up in the middle of the night with the idea and thought it would make a great book from the baby’s point of view.
Are the people in the story based on real people?
Yes, it was written around my granddaughter, Brianna, but it incorporates my whole family.
How did you go about getting the book published?
I sent the book to a couple of different publishers — I never realized there were self-publishers as well as regular book publishers. I should have done more research. I apparently went with a self-publisher, so it did cost me a lot to get it published, but I’m still glad it’s out there.
What was it like working with a publisher?
The process was easy; they helped me every step of the way, answered my questions and were there if I needed them.
How did you come up with idea to use real pictures?
The drawings just weren’t working out. I even tried using an app to convert the pictures to drawings, but they weren’t working.
What was it like receiving your first copy of the book?
It was totally amazing. I was in heaven and so proud of the book.
Where is the book available?
The book is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to write a book?
I would say go for it if you have a bucket list and writing is on it. I did and I couldn’t be happier. It is very satisfying to do something like this even if you only do it once. At least you can say you did it and got it published. Not everyone can say that.