Angela Ferrari’s Children’s Books Are Enchanting and Extraordinary

Shortly after Angela Ferrari’s three children’s books arrived, Linda grabbed them and sat down in her kitchen rocking chair and dived into the first book, An Extraordinary Book!

I was sitting next to her, in my own rocking chair, when she dug my nose out of the newspaper to read the first book to me. Well, it turned out to be: perform the first book.

And quickly, we were both laughing. This is a delightful book. And there’s just one problem with it. We are both going to want to be the first one to read it to our three-year-old granddaughter Ada, when she arrives with her family to spend Christmas with us.

Before I knew it, Linda had read all three books and gotten out her laptop to write about them. Here’s what she wrote.


Angela Ferrari is a gifted artist and author with a creative imagination that is sure to delight young children. Her book What Do You See? encourages children to look around to see lines, first hidden, then revealed, through wonderful illustrations.

For the very young child, An Extraordinary Book is pure delight. The book becomes part of the child’s playtime as Ferrari suggests what you can do next with this book. From wearing a hat to steering a ship, or wearing it as a hat, this book is just plain fun.

Digger’s Daily Routine is a beautiful picture book and the longest story of the three. It showcases the popping colors Angela is fond of using in her artwork. Digger the Dog discovers an extraordinary adventure when he steps out of his ordinary daily routine. It’s rhyming text make this a fun one for a read aloud.


Well, Linda said it well. We’ll be reading these to our granddaughters for years to come, with enthusiasm. And yes, they are extraordinary!

Angela’s beautiful art is featured at one of our favorite restaurants, Hot Suppa, in Portland, where her partner Alec is the manager and his brother Mo is the chef.

You should also check out Angela’s Story Spectacular, a children’s story podcast that is free. You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, ITunes, GooglePlay, or wherever you get your podcasts. We’ll be signing little Ada up for this.

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George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.