Friday, February 21, 2014

Children's Book Review: A Bad Mad Sad Day for Mama Bear by Mayra Calvani, Illus.. by KC Snider


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Dark Scream Book Tours, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.


A Bad Mad Sad Day for Mama Bear cover
Synopsis:
Little Bear offers Mama Bear various items to make her feel better, but she’s too busy to notice—until he gives her his super, so good, so very special dolly.


Review:
Quick, can we get a show of hands and how many times you have a day planned out and things just start going wrong, and you wonder again for the 1000th time, WHY you thought being a grown up was EASY when you were a kid? Yup- we've all had them, we've all gotten frustrated beyond belief and usually our kids are the ones looking at us like we've lost our minds. This was a fun book and a great way to remember that adults and kids have very different perspectives- Mom is trying to get everything on her mental list done so she can have time with her child, and her child wants her to stop and spend the time now. And why shouldn't kids books have lessons for adults too?


The book is aimed at ages 3-7, and it's fun prose makes it perfect for reading out loud, and for early readers to read on their own, with some help. It is a lovely book to share and discuss. We highly recommend it!


About the Author:

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 such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, and Bloomsbury Review, among many others.

She gives one-on-one workshops on the art of picture book writing. When she’s not writing, reading, editing or reviewing, she enjoys walking her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family. Represented by Serendipity Literary.


About the illustrator:

KC is graduated from the School of Arts in Eugene, Oregon, where she majored in Illustration.  She was an art instructor for 17 years at both Lane and Linn Benton Community Colleges. She started illustrating childrens books in 2007. Her illustrations have won numerous literary awards. 

KC lives in Redmond. Oregon with her husband, Fred.  Between her illustratiing children's books, she is an active artist, working in varied mediums. She is inspired by her grandchildren and the local natural beauty.

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