The Author & The Illustrator

Tina Levine, Author


Tina has an affinity for writing, going back to her childhood. She and her dad wrote poetry to each other even into their adult lives. This writing relationship, as well as her deep love for her dad, continues to inspire her to write from her heart and soul.

Our voices are the medium of our thoughts

Our ears are the medium of hearts

Our hands are the medium of our souls

Whether it is poetry, fiction, or even non-fiction, Tina creates prose inspiring the reader to be the best version of themselves.

Children’s Books that inspire Tina as a children’s author: The Poky Little Puppy, The Little Engine That Could, Are You My Mother?, The Giving Tree, Love You Forever, Thank You, Mr. Falker, Tuck Everlasting, and From Me to We. 

Poems Inspiring Tina’s Poetry: Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson-"My Shadow", The Places You'll Go-Dr. Seuss, Casey at The Bat-Ernest Lawrence Thayer, and The Road Less Taken- Robert Frost



 "Better Than A Bully: Carrot Top's Surprise" 


From fifty years ago, Tina can still recall the pain of being called four eyes  and being excluded socially. Some of her experiences have influenced the writing of this  book.


As a classroom teacher for twenty-five years, Tina observed children at school, as well as adults at work bullied. These experiences inspired, Better Than A Bully: Carrot Top's Surprise.


 The groundbreaking "Adverse Childhood Experiences" (ACEs), Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente, documented  findings indicating that childhood trauma doesn't always impact one's life immediately. The impact of bullying or other traumatic events may present as anxiety, depression, and addiction, as well as other health conditions later in early adulthood. 

Some say that there is a difference between teasing, being mean, and bullying. This concept may be right. However, if children are not raised to understand that continuous negative behaviors not only impact their own lives, but  the lives others.


Better Than A Bully: Carrot Top's Surprise  provides an opportunity for the reader  to see how  bullies, those bullied, and bystanders can morph into a better version of themselves. 

Ned Levine, Illustrator

Ned's Story

Ned Levine has been drawing since he could hold a pencil!

He is an award-winning illustrator in both national/international professional competitions. Ned was a feature illustrator for forty-six years at Newsday, the Long Island, NY newspaper. His unique, whimsical style has also appeared on album covers, book covers, and marketing pieces. 

When his wife Tina had completed Better Than A Bully: Carrot Top's Surprise, she knew Ned should illustrate this fabulous book. The uncanny timing for development of this team was as they say “bashert” (meant to be). 


Tina and Ned, author and illustrator of Better Than A Bully: Carrot Top's Surprise are now a team inspired to bring this story to the hearts and minds of children. The theme is a terrific stepping stone for conversations between the child, parent, grandparent, teacher, and related child services.