Epic Book Quest (5 stars) April 2018

An imaginative little girl who loves pots learns important life lessons about trying new things and making new friends…

In this wonderful book, both written and illustrated by Rosilyn Seay, children meet a little girl named May who has a very big imagination. May loves a lot of things, but there’s nothing she enjoys more than playing make-believe with her mother’s pots! With such a big imagination, the uses she can put them to seem almost endless. Then one day, a new babysitter arrives with different ideas. May isn’t so sure about her new ideas, and sneaks off to play with her pots- but will May’s imagination get her into trouble?

Whimsical, colorful artwork set the stage for this engaging story which children are sure to love. Throughout the book, they will learn about creativity and having fun, while also being introduced to the concepts of flexibility and trying new things. The Girl Who Loved Pots is a delightful read that’s sure to get kids creative juices flowing, while encouraging them to expand their horizons and make new friends. Perfect for children of all ages, you won’t want to pass this one up- highly recommended!'

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Kirkus Review / Recieved Kirkus Star - Ranked One of Best of 2017

An exuberant little girl who fancies pots meets a new babysitter in this debut chapter book.

May adores a lot of things: karate, boxing, her stuffed blue bunny named Sunshine, and conversations with her mother. But one of her loves is a bit more surprising: playing with pots (“Her favorites were those that fit on her head”). While other toys get boring, May can embark on endless adventures with these versatile kitchen tools. When Miss Josephine, the new sitter, comes to watch May for the first time, the girl feels afraid. But between the woman’s purple bag—full of fun games and toys that “make you think”—and Miss Josephine’s comforting words and hug when the girl expects to get scolded, May finds a new friend and discovers that using her imagination can help her become smarter. Seay’s delightful computer illustrations frequently use neutral backgrounds, which cause the colorful pots and May’s bright clothes to stand out. The all-black cast is headed by May, a charming youngster (likely between the ages of 4 and 6) with curly dark hair, whose facial expressions communicate a wide range of emotions within the work’s artistic style. The approachable vocabulary and early chapter book format—with images on every page—make this an accessible and appealing story for young readers, especially those who have struggled with their own fears of being left with strangers.

A bracing celebration of creativity with a strong main character who deserves her own series.

Kirkus Review
October 2017)

Customer Reviews

The “Girl Who Loved Pots” received 4.6 stars on Amazon and 5 stars on Goodread, with reader comments like:
“The illustrations were exuberant and vibrant.”; “ an absolutely adorable book , ”great book for young people telling them that it is okay to explore your passion"; “Love, love, love, this book and your kids will too”; “I thoroughly enjoyed it at age 32 but I would recommend it for ages 7 to 10.”; “I loved the idea of the book”; “My son loves it. It's now one of his favorite books to read!”

MidWest Book Review-Children's Bookwatch: September 2017

"May is a young girl who loves pots! She uses her imagination to create infinite adventures with regular kitchen pots and pans. For May, an ordinary  pot can become  anything  from a musical instrument to a table for tea parties.  When she gets a new babysitter, May risks getting  into trouble as she sneaks  off to play with her pots. What happens next surprises them both. And an unexpected bond is formed between May and her new babysitter. "The Girl Who Loved Pots" is an inherently entertaining and charmingly illustrated tale for children  ages 5 to 9 about a young girl with endless  imagination. It shows how anyone,  at any age, can learn new lessons  in friendship and flexibility.  While especially recommended for family, elementary school,  and community library  picture book collections..."

Children's Bookwatch: September 2017
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Readers' Favorite: Review July 23, 2017

The Girl Who Loved Pots is a delightfully imaginative children’s book, written and illustrated by Rosilyn Seay. May is a young girl who loves to pretend. Like most little girls, May loves tea parties with her dolls and toys, as well as having long talks and laughter with her mother, making her feel quite grown up. But her favorite way to have fun is by putting pots to good use by using them as small tables, drums, hats, and anything else her imagination could produce. When new babysitter, Miss Josephine, arrives with a mysterious Smart Bag in tow, however, May quickly discovers a whole new world of adventure, fun and friendship, and that there is a hidden child within all of us.
Rosilyn Seay’s exciting tale of a child who loves to use pots as props as she plays is a wonderfully- written story which quickly put a smile on my face. Nothing is stronger than the imaginative playtime of children, and when they improvise with pots to entertain themselves, their laughter and smiles are the best reward. Much of the story took me back to my own childhood, where children were given quite the amount of freedom, as long as they were not causing harm or damage to any person, animal or property in the neighborhood. Seeing a child have such an incredible amount of fun – without a computer game or tablet in their hands – makes me envious and excited for those children, as they get to enjoy a happy and carefree childhood, just as all children should. I fully enjoyed The Girl Who Loved Pots and look forward to Rosilyn Seay’s next book. I recommend The Girl Who Loved Pots to all young children (and their parents), so they can see that using your imagination and putting it to good use is the best fun any child can have.

Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Reviewed on 07/23/2017