‘Dinosaur’ book signing, reading in Athol

  • “The Dinosaur at the Grocery Store,” by Cyndi Roy of New Salem. Submitted image

For The Recorder
Wednesday, February 07, 2018

ATHOL — Haley’s proudly announces publication of The Dinosaur at the Grocery Store, a children’s book written and illustrated by Cyndi Roy of New Salem.

The author will autograph copies and read from the book at a celebration scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at the American Legion, 40 Daniel Shays Highway, Orange. Refreshments will be served, and games, face-painting, and activities will be on tap for children.

“This little tale of a tail, written in verse, charmingly combines fantasy and reality as seen through the eyes of a child,” said Susie Feldman, artist and retired teacher who advised Roy about the book’s drawings. Debra Ellis edited copy.

Roy said her affection for her own grandparents in a diverse and blended family account for her appreciation of being a grandparent. One taught her gardening, she said, and all them practiced a sturdy work ethic that she has tried to emulate. “I wanted to be that kind of influence on my own grandchildren,” she said.

The Dinosaur at the Grocery Store focuses on the trip of 4-year-old Kellan and his grandmother, Mae, to a grocery store. Kellan, Roy’s own grandson, calls her Mae.

“Kellan and Mae remind us that, if we look, there are wonder and adventure down every aisle,” said Hugh Mackey of New Salem, who encouraged Roy to publish the book.

“I love to read,” Roy said. “I love to communicate, and that encouraged me to write this story. I took a course in creative writing at the Mount (Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner). I learned sign language, and I love to chat. All of it contributes to my excitement about telling about Kellan and the dinosaur in my book.”

Roy has participated in a number of readings of the book to groups of children and daycare attendees.

A longtime machinist now working as a computer numeric controlled machinist, CNC, Roy entered the L.S. Starrett Co. as a polisher fresh out of high school in the late 1970s. Soon promoted, she moved from the Starrett in the early 2000s to Quabbin, Inc., where she now produces CNC products. From 2012 to 2017, Roy worked as a medical prosthetics polisher at Micron in Fitchburg.

An avid professional sports fan (Boston, of course, Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins), Roy and her husband, Ron, have traveled to many cities to see games and follow teams on television. The author also enjoys gardening, rug-making, cooking, and jigsaw puzzles.

She especially enjoys spending time with her children Stephanie, Sarah, and Andrew, and grandchildren — Addison, August, Hawk, Kellan, and Victoria — in Texas and the Massachusetts towns of Fitchburg and Franklin.

Of the book, Kathy Vescovi, Roy’s friend, writes, “This story quite simply tells about having fun and interacting with grandchildren even at such an ordinary task as grocery shopping.”

The Dinosaur at the Grocery Store is available from the author, at Haley’s in Athol, and online.