RV adventures keep Suntree author busy


Suntree author and illustrator Violet Favero, left, reads to 5-year-old Faith Gerace.

Jill Blue

Violet Favero loves adventures.

In fact, the 59-year-old Suntree woman and author of several children’s books, is enjoying life so much right now she isn’t thinking about slowing down.

“I’m having a wonderful time,” she said before embarking on a hiking trip to Europe. “I have nine granddaughters and I love spending time with them, writing and illustrating books and doing volunteer work at schools and libraries.”

Prior to beginning her career as a children’s picture book author and illustrator, Favero (also known to her family as Silly Yaya, which is Greek for grandmother) worked for more than 25 years in the healthcare industry as a licensed healthcare risk manager and human resources director. She also is known for her Sunday dinners and lavish holiday gatherings.

Originally from Connecticut, Favero recently released “Gracie’s RV Mis-Adventure: A Dog’s Road Trip” (published in April by Meadow Road Books).

The story is about Gracie, one of two Italian greyhounds she owned. (Gracie died of cancer earlier this year.)

Gracie is a very dramatic dog who loves food, and is on an RV road trip with her human, Silly Yaya, when something goes wrong — very, very horribly, terribly wrong. Gracie has lost her blanket, the blanket she can't sleep without, the blanket she's had since she was a puppy!

How was Gracie going to be able to go on? How? Gracie is a problem solver and she has a brilliant plan to find her blanket, but will it work? Can she find her blanket? Will she find her blanket? Where is her blanket?

What follows is a road trip that's filled with hysterical encounters with snakes, goats, gooey marshmallows and much more.

Favero said this is the first book in a series of Gracie the dramatic dog stories. The early chapter book has black and white illustrations on each page with simple text and speech bubbles that are sure to get children engaged with the story.

The book highlights Gracie's problem-solving skills, and teaches important lessons about her self-doubt, anxiety and solutions for these issues in a kid friendly way that's sure to spark conversation. There is even a fun geography lesson, too!

According to Amazon, “Gracie's RV Mis-Adventure” is a transitional book from picture book to chapter book when the reader is first ready for a chapter book. This funny book is perfect for kids from ages 5 to 8, and grades kindergarten through second.

“This is a must have for every child's home library,” said an Amazon reviewer. “If you have a child that is struggling to give up their favorite blanket or stuffed animal that they can't sleep without, but may be ready to try and let go of and be a ‘big kid now.’ just like Gracie, this is the perfect book for them. This book is perfect for all kids, their parents and RV fans across the highways (especially those who have had RV mis-adventures).”

Along with her husband, Ken, and her remaining Italian greyhound, Favero loves to get into her RV and drive up and down the East Coast and attend book events and readings.

On July 1, Favero attended a story time/book reading session at Bold Cup Coffee at 2271 Town Center Ave. in Viera.

According to her website — sillyyaya.com —  Favero is passionate about raising readers, one book at a time.

“I like to visit schools and libraries and read to students and get them excited about reading,” she said.

Look for the next book in the Gracie series, “Gracie's Great Escape,” due out in November.

For more information about the author and her books, check out her website sillyyaya.com.