"What a wonderful vehicle to introduce good eating and exercise habits for children! In Sloth the Lazy Dragon, author Regan W. H. Macaulay, gives the reader a delicious sense of balance in understanding the importance of taking care of oneself with proper diet and exercise! A delightful story that also offers a plus opportunity to discuss new words to little ones. With an entertaining storyline and beautifully illustrated characters by the artistic talents of Alex Zgud, one needs very little imagination to picture the dilemma of overweight “Sloth the Dragon” and his energized training coach “Radish!” Together they make a great team with memorable words and colorful pages that will keep the interest of its audience. The biggest gain with this darling book is its positive message encouraging readers of the importance in taking care of their health and wellness."
-- Lainie Belcastro, Writer, Storyteller & Speaker
Lainie has been performing since the age of four and has been a student of classical voice since the age of nine. She has performed throughout the east coast and Europe and was accepted in the National Touring Division of Lincoln Center, NYC. Her musical career spans the fields of contemporary, musical theater, and classical music.
Lainie is a published writer having had her byline in The New York Times, a column with KIDStoday, and an opinion column with the Morris County Daily Record, both New Jersey publications. She was also a guest columnist for the NJ Recording Publishing Co. and Lehigh Valley’s The Morning Call in PA. She is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and the National Alliance of Grieving Children.
She and her daughter are creators of “Mrs. Terra Cotta Pots & Twig®, a trademarked professional storytelling program for children. Together they have entertained and “planted dreams” for over 10,000 children in the tri-state area, produced their own weekly television show on Channel 34, a Montclair NJ Cable television network, and presented workshops on the same agenda with Dr. Bernie Siegel, renowned author on health and healing. Working with various hospice and health and wellness organizations, their most dedicated venture is their “Patching Hearts” program, designed for children experiencing significant loss and challenge in their lives.