Capodanno began working on Stinky Feet Stew about three years ago and was able to self-publish the book on Jan. 30 as a gift to her son and in memory of her deceased parents. As a teacher, she found summers to be her best time to relax and create, as well as during her son’s playtime. Although writing the story did not take long, creating the main character, Stew, with art done by hand using watercolors, ink, and pen, was time consuming. Capodanno also took time to research classic stories, such as those by Dr. Seuss, to help the creative process.
Overall, Capodanno wants her readers to make light of a difficult situation. “Genuine love changes the tone with your child,” she says.
After reading Stinky Feet Stew (amazon.com), readers may be eager to know what Stew will conquer next and meet any new characters that may join him. Although this is her first book, Capodanno says she already has ideas for future children’s books intended to help children as well as parents with other common struggles of parenting.