Tramonto Press Releases New Children’s Book for the Holiday Season “Alfonso, the Christmas Pumpkin”

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We can all follow our dreams. Sometimes it just takes the help of our friends. That’s the theme of the new children’s book, Alfonso, the Christmas Pumpkin, written by Half Moon Bay authors, Rachel and Tom Formaro, and illustrated by Bay Area artist, Michele Spremich.

We can all follow our dreams. Sometimes it just takes the help of our friends.

That’s the theme of the new children’s book, Alfonso, the Christmas Pumpkin, written by Half Moon Bay authors, Rachel and Tom Formaro, and illustrated by Bay Area artist, Michele Spremich.

Alfonso wants to be a Christmas pumpkin, even though the other pumpkins at Ghost Town Pumpkin Patch make fun of him for having such a “goofy idea.” With the help of Hector, a barn cat, and Marie, a tree rat, and many other friends he meets along the way, Alfonso goes on a journey to meet Santa Claus who can make his dream come true. But when Alfonso finally gets his big chance, he makes a choice that will change the way he thought everything would be. Through it all, he learns about true friendship, love, and believing in himself.

The story is beautifully illustrated with watercolors by Michele Spremich. Michele’s artistry captures the spirited adventures of Alfonso and his friends, the charm of the Coastside, and the magic of Halloween and Christmas.

The story is a great read-aloud for all ages, but children ages 8 and up can read it on their own.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Rachel and Tom Formaro live in Half Moon Bay, California with their cat and two dogs. Tom is the author of several short stories and two novels. He received his M.A. from Iowa State University. Rachel is a poet, and has been published in both Canada and the U.S. This is their first children’s story together.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Michele Spremich has a degree in illustration from Syracuse University. She spends her time drawing and painting in Novato, California, where she lives with her husband and baby son.

ABOUT TRAMONTO PRESS
Tramonto Press is an independent publisher based in Half Moon Bay, California. The company focuses on new voices in fiction and non-fiction.

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