Saturday, November 23, 2013

BOOK REVIEW - A Bad Mad Sad Day for Mama Bear

Today I am reviewing a picture book for my good writing friend.
Mayra Calvani

We have worked together, share a publisher, and both of us love writing for kids. She
lives in Belgium, a country I have visited and wish to see more of. 
Talent and generosity are Mayra's middle names.


I Give You. . .

By  Mayra Calvani   
Illustrated by KC Snider

We have ALL had days like Mama Bear is having.  The author “gets” the disaster mood exactly right.  Readers will giggle at the fuss, mess, and calamity that trails Mama around all day. And the capital “D” in her day of ongoing disasters is a visit from the Baboon family.  K.C Snider is a master at illustrating books for children.  The emotions shown are both facial and physical, making sure the reader knows exactly what Mama is feeling. Snider’s illustrations partner perfectly with Calvani’s  strong  story.  A delightful read for kids, and for the many parents who have been through it all themselves.  

I loved this book because it had terrific kid appeal, and the story and illustrations appear meant for each other.  It is on my Holiday gift list for my own two granddaughters.
I give this picture book 5 ***** stars. 

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Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications like The Writer, Writer's Journal, Multicultural Review, Bloomsbury Review, and others. 

She lives in Belgium with her husband of 25+ years, two wonderful kids, and her two beloved pets. When she's not writing, editing, reading or reviewing, she enjoys walking with her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family. She's represented by Serendipity Literary.

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