5MinutesforMom Blogger Turns eBook Author with ‘The Pest Detectives’
Susan Carraretto partners with nonprofit National Pest Management Association
to release free children’s eBook
FAIRFAX, Va. -- November 12, 2012
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) announced the release of its
free eBook that teaches children about bugs, entomology and the pest
management profession. The digital book, “The Pest Detectives,” is written by
Susan Carraretto, author of the popular mom blog 5MinutesforMom, and is
illustrated by Colleen Madden.
“The Pest Detectives” follows the adventures of Millie, an 8-year-old
budding-entomologist, as she solves real-life pest mysteries with her father,
a pest professional. Readers can join Millie as she shares stories of past
pest investigations logged in her scrapbook, and as she embarks on a new case
to determine the secret behind Mrs. Romero's pest problem.
“It’s important to teach children about the fascinating world of insects and
the vital role pest professionals play in keeping our families and homes safe
from the property and health risks posed by household pests,” said Missy
Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. “As a mother
familiar with the daily tasks associated with running a household while trying
to keep the kids safe, Susan Carraretto was the perfect fit to write our main
character, Millie’s, big adventure.”
For Carraretto, it was an opportunity to fulfill a lifelong wish. “I’ve always
dreamed of writing a children’s book. I took courses on the subject in
college, but didn’t have the chance to pursue it further as I was focused on
starting a family and building 5MinutesforMom. So, when the NPMA asked me to
partner with them on this project, I jumped in with both feet,” said
Carraretto. “Creating this eBook with the NPMA has been a wonderful
experience. I wanted to write something my kids would enjoy reading and I love
how the story and visualization of Millie came to life through the
“Susan is an exceptionally strong writer who knows how to captivate her
audience and we were really excited to work with her to share a glimpse of
what a day in the life of a pest professional can entail,” Henriksen added.
The eBook is available for free on the NPMA website, PestWorld.org, in the
iBookstore and the Barnes and Noble Nook store. It is also available in the
Amazon Kindle Store.
About the NPMA
The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was
established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to
the protection of public health, food and property.
About the Author
Susan Carraretto is a professional blogger and ecommerce store owner. She and
her identical twin sister, Janice Croze, are the bloggers behind the popular
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