Welcome to my home page.
I’m R. W. Thompson, an author of books for young readers and adults. I live in Massachusetts, with my wife, our Greyhound, Dandy, and our cat, Thumbalina (Yes, she really is as small as the original). That’s a picture of me above. Although you probably figured that out already.
I am a retired history teacher and elementary school principal, who can now take the time to write and publish the stories that I use to make up for my children and students. My children's books are listed under available books, and if you go to the online store, there are direct links to purchase them.
There is also a poetry section where you will find poems about life, a special section entitled Anam Cara, poems for the soul, and a section for short stories. I am also working on an adult novel and hope to complete it shortly. Watch for news about it. Feel free to come on in and stay as long as you like, and if you get the urge to eat chocolate while you read, please be my guest. If you like something on any of the pages, please leave a message!
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New Picture Book- Icicle Dreams
The proof has been checked and cleared and I received the news that Icicle dreams will be released on Thursday, March 8. The official launch date will be March 24, 1:00-3:00 P. M. at Blue Umbrella Bookstore in Westfield, MA. Watch for more information. This is the third volume in the Icicle series that follows the growth of Icicle, a young female Emperor Penguin. At 40 pages, it is a little longer than the typical picture book but the extra pages were needed to tell the story! It is for readers in grades 2-4 and any child that wants to listen to the story.
Icicle, the cute little penguin from Icicle’s First Christmas and Icicle Flies is a year older and wants to be famous like her sister, Fluffy, who is known as the best swimmer on the peninsula. There is just one problem, Icicle does not like to swim! She thinks the water is too cold and only goes in it for food.
She asks her mother what she can do and discovers that she must decide what she likes to do. Icicle wanders the peninsula searching for something she can do well enough to become famous and dreams of being a star.
"Discover what Icicle chooses. See if her dream comes true. Learn what she must do to make it happen!”
Icicle Dreams will be available on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com beginning Friday, March 9.
Author's new book receives a warm literary welcome, is awarded five stars:...
Readers' Favorite announces the review of the Children's Picture Book "Icicle Flies" by R W Thompson, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1542639743.
Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.
"Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Icicle Flies (And Learns An Important Lesson) by R.W. Thompson revolves around Icicle, a young Emperor Penguin. Icicle wakes up one day after Christmas 2016 and sees that huge snowdrifts have formed because of the snowstorm the previous night. She wants to go out and play and her mother warns her to be careful and not to stray far. She meets her sister, Fluffy, and her friends on their way to the bay, and they invite Icicle to go with them for a swim. Icicle refuses to go with them and decides to go to the mountains instead. She wanders far away from home and forgets her mother’s warning. Will Icicle be able to find her way back home safely? Read the story to find out what happens to Icicle!
The story has an interesting concept and conveys a good message to young readers. Icicle’s character is adorable and relatable. The illustrations with the snow as the backdrop give the story a surreal vibe and they also breathe life into the story and characters. It is a good bedtime story as it teaches children to listen to their parents and do what they say. The story is good for read aloud sessions too in classrooms and school libraries. It is the second book in the series Icicle’s Adventures, and the story speaks about the lessons that need to be learned. The author makes the lesson effective and interesting through the adventures of Icicle, and reaches out well to child readers with the message."
You can learn more about R W Thompson and "Icicle Flies" at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/icicle-flies where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.
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The Gift is available
- Jan. 20, 2018
Today is World Penguin Awareness Day, and exactly one year ago today, "Waddle's Big Adventure" was awarded a five star silver seal and selected as a "Book of the Week' by Readers' Favorite Book Review Company.
If you have a child 8-10 or who is reading at a 4th-5th grade level, check it out and let them join Waddle for the adventure of a lifetime! Waddle's Big Adventure is available at the Blue Umbrella Bookstore in Westfield, MA or on Amazon or barnesandnoble.com.
- Jan. 3, 2018
Check out the new short story, "The Owl Called"! I will debut it at a reading in February.
- Dec. 10, 2017
As humans, we are given many gifts, most of which we take for granted, like sight! What would you do if you lost yours?
Crash! In the blink of an eye, Steven Jacobs’ life changed from being a children’s author to being unable to see his world. We can’t change what happens to us, but we can control how we react to it.
Once Steven realizes this, his life changes. Will it be for better or worse? What gifts can he possibly have left? Read about the gift Steven gives and the precious gift he receives and how it changes his life.
This, my readers, is my Christmas gift to you! I hope you will enjoy!
My new children's Christmas book, The Gift, was officially released on Saturday, December 9 at the Blue Umbrella Bookstore, 2 Main St in Westfield, 1:00-3:00 P. M. In spite of the weather, (a 5 in. snowstorm) a lot of people came down for a reading and enjoyed some refreshments as we celebrated. There are signed copies available there if you missed it. Thank you to my family, friends, fans and especially to my chief fan, photographer, P.R. person, editor, best friend and love of my life, Louise for all her support, and to Russell Atwood and the staff at the Blue Umbrella Bookstore. (If you have not been there, stop in and check them out, they are a neat operation)
- Feb. 17, 2017
Check the new poem for the love of my life!
- Feb. 8, 2017
"Icicle Flies", the second in the series, Icicle's Adventures, was released today on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. It is a picture book for grade 2-4, but may be read to children 2-8
Icicle is a young Emperor Penguin who lives on the southern tip of Argentina. In "Icicle’s First Christmas", she was shy and had a problem to solve. Through perseverance and learning to communicate with others she managed to overcome her shyness and solve the problem.
Now in Icicle Flies, she has become confident and made many friends. However, there are still lessons to be learned and one of the most important is to listen, particularly to her mother. Come see what happens when Icicle decides to go adventuring on her own, forgets what mother has told her, and what happens in the end!
The official Launch will be Friday, February 24 at the Blue Umbrella Bookstore, 2 Main St, Westfield, MA from 10:00 A. M. to 1:00 P. M. This is the Friday of vacation week, so if you are looking for something to do with that preschooler through 3rd/4th grade, come on down to the party! If you purchase a copy before then, bring it down and I'll be happy to sign it for you.
- Jan. 21, 2017
The good news just keeps coming! An e-mail arrived Friday morning from Readers' Favorite review company. They have given "Waddle's Big Adventure" a Five Star Silver Seal! Read the entire review below.
Reviewed By Rosie Malezer for Readers’ Favorite
Review Rating: 5 stars!
Waddle’s Big Adventure is a children’s book written and illustrated by R.W. Thompson. Born on the west coast of Antarctica, young Emperor Penguin, Waddle, is not a fan of the cold. One day, while playing with his best friend, Waddle is separated from all of the other penguins when a giant storm hits, blowing him far out to sea. As he learns to survive on his own, feeding on fish in the warm ocean waters, Waddle eventually finds himself in a strange land called Argentina. Waddle’s adventures lead him to meeting many new animals, most of which are odd-looking, friendly, which try to help him get back home. He learns about many different sea creatures, both friendly and unfriendly – even finding himself in dangerous ocean waters with hungry sharks. The lessons Waddle learns during his journey will determine his survival and, if possible, his next big adventure.
I could not help but be absolutely fascinated and delighted with R.W. Thompson’s adventurous tale, as seen through the eyes of Waddle, the Emperor Penguin. Not only does Waddle’s Big Adventure talk of a wild animal being out of the familiarity of their comfort zone, but also provides a large amount of interesting educational aspects about several different animal species (from land, sea and air) throughout the book, inclusive of their habitats, feeding regimes, and how they associate with other animals (including man). The friendships forged during Waddle’s unplanned visit are strong, with virtues such as trust, good instincts, love and devotion playing a key role throughout. I liked the concept that all animals can understand each other, and that kindness to animals will come back to you, tenfold. Not only do I plan on looking into the Cape Cod Oceanographic Institute and their good deeds towards rescued animals, but I look forward to adding Waddle’s Big Adventure to my home library. Although this book is marketed towards children, I recommend Waddle’s Big Adventure to animal lovers of all ages.
- Jan. 11, 2017
Our launch for "Icicle's First Christmas" went very well. We had a great turn-out that kept us busy for and extra hour beyond the time scheduled. Thank you to all the people who came out, old friends and the new ones, we appreciate your business. Thank you very much to Jessica and her staff at The Blue Umbrella Bookstore for all their hard work, we had a great time working with you.
- Dec. 1, 2016
Icicle's First Christmas will be officially launched on Dec. 10, 2016 at The Blue Umbrella Bookstore located at 2 Main St, Westfield, MA. The reception begins with refreshments and a reading at 11:00 and I will be there until 2:00 to answer questions, talk about writing and sign books. Children's books make a great gift, come on down and bring the children for story time and penguin cookies!
- Nov. 23, 2016
Icicle's First Christmas will be for sale on amazon.com, barnes&noble.com and other on-line retailers on Dec. 2. Watch for the official launch date here!
Icicle is a young Emperor Penguin who lives on the southern tip of Argentina.
She is very shy and is about to experience her first Christmas with her colony. All the penguins create ornaments and decorations for the Celebration Tree on Christmas Night. Icicle does not know what to make. This is compounded by the fact that she must explain to the colony why she made the decoration. She does not know what to do until her mother tells her the story of the first Christmas. Come walk with Icicle as she travels around the peninsula trying to decide what to make and figure out how she can tell everyone how she feels about Christmas.
- Oct. 20, 2016
Waddle's Big Adventure is on the market and may be purchased online at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and locally at The Blue Umbrella Bookstore
2 Main St. Westfield.
Waddle is a chapter book great for 2nd-5th grade reading.
Waddle the Penguin was not your usual penguin. He was born at a different time of the year than the other penguins, he did not like the cold, and he really enjoyed exploring by himself. He liked to surf on ice floes, dive deep in the water to fish, and go for long swims. He always wondered what was going on outside of his world.
Come join Waddle as he sets off on an adventure that will take him from the shores of Antarctica all the way to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Come meet the creatures he meets, as he learns to interact with all kinds of animals, including those who walk upright and speak a funny language. Join up for the adventure of a lifetime!
- Mar. 2, 2016
Check the new print, "Brothers" from Daydreaming, a Baseball Story, in the prints section. Also we are now taking orders for prints in 12X16 and 16x20 sizes.
- Mar. 2, 2016
New Print available, "Celebration" from, Daydreaming, a Baseball Story. Check the Prints section for information.
- Dec. 21, 2015
Love on a Winter Night
12/21/15 Winter Solstice
- Dec. 8, 2015
Just received a 5 star review from Reader's Favorites on Mrs. Mouse's Christmas that included a nice silver seal to place on the cover. My first Christmas present!
Review Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
Mrs. Mouse's Christmas is a children's picture book written and illustrated by R.W. Thompson. It's Christmas Eve and, as in the classic poem this story is based upon, everyone was tucked into bed and dreaming of the morning -- except for Mrs. Mouse. She was hard at work preparing the holiday meal for her guests when she discovered that there was nothing but vegetables in the pantry. While she had pizza, cake and fruit ready, and her table was all set, this meal would not be complete without milk and cheese. Mrs. Mouse searched high and low throughout the house looking for those necessary ingredients, but to no avail. Then she heard a scratching above the attic and, racing outdoors to see what was there, she discovered a team of reindeer on the roof of the house. She was thrilled to come back inside and see Santa by the hearth, piling up the gifts by the Christmas tree, but would he grant her Christmas wishes as well?
R.W. Thompson's children's picture book, Mrs. Mouse's Christmas, is a heartwarming and joyful story for the holiday season. I enjoyed watching as Mrs. Mouse searches the rooms looking for cheese and milk, and appreciated the vivid imagery that fills this book, especially those pictures showing Mrs. Mouse as she searches. This is an excellent bedtime or story time offering for sharing with a young child, but it's also suitable for relatively new readers who can use the classic poem ''Twas the Night Before Christmas' and the illustrations to help them puzzle out any new and unfamiliar words and phrases. Mrs. Mouse's Christmas is a recommended seasonal offering.
- Dec. 2, 2015
Check the new short story, The Gift, under the Poems and Short Stories page.
Hopefully it will become another children's book within the year.
- Nov. 22, 2015
My newest children's book, "Mrs. Mouse's Christmas", has been released on amazon.com. It is also available at the Create Space E-store at the following link, https://www.createspace.com/5864322. If you go to the e-store, be sure to type in the number at the end. That is the stock number for the book. Go to the link to see a summary and illustration. The book is for ages 1-8.
- May. 21, 2015
New poem and print in Prints Gallery!
- May. 1, 2015
Gems, they gleam and shine, but a common rock doth aspire,
to outshine them all, because the flint holds fire.
- Apr. 4, 2015
New poem and print about the eagles at Eagle Bay, Alaska. Check it out on prints page.
- Mar. 20, 2015
Check the new short story about a Red-Tail and a day on the golf course!
- Mar. 18, 2015
Check the new print in the gallery. A photograph of the Aurora Borealis taken on 3/17 by a friend of mine, Mrs. Dorrie Holmes, a very accomplished photographer, and the new poem, A perfect night.