Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review of 'A Bad, Mad, Sad Day for Mama Bear' by Mayra Calvani

A Bad Mad Sad Day for Mama Bear

Mayra Calvani

Book blurb:

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. Silly humor, alliteration, repetition, and onomatopoeia make this a fun read-aloud story. A celebration of the special love shared between mother and child. For ages 3-7.

Available as ebook, softcover and hardcover.

Illustrations by KC Snider
Guardian Angel Publishing
Hardcover ISBN: 9781616334345; $15.95
Softcover ISBN: 9781616334352; $10.95
eBook ISBN: 9781616334369; $4.99
24 pages

Review snippets:
"Mayra Calvani magically intertwines two generations perspectives of one's bad mad sad day through caring efforts and that together difficulties can be overcome. A Bad Mad Sad Day for Mama Bear is sure to be a delightful time shared by parents and their young muses." --Amazon reviewer
"The humor of the story, married with the artwork, leaps off the page. After seeing the illustrations, you can't imagine the story any other way. With so much to read and see on every page, it is truly captivating - a delight for eye and ear." --Amazon reviewer
"Enter Mayra Calvani's world with this sweet and funny story about a little bear that wants to help his overwhelmed mom, who is having a bad, sad and mad day. A great story teaching the little ones, in a fun way, that adults aren't perfect and can have bad days too. Children will enjoy the illustrations. A wonderful gift for this upcoming Christmas!" --Amazon reviewer

**My thoughts**

Mommies have bad days, too. So many books focus on a child having a bad day, but few take a look at the adults in children's lives. As children become more aware of their impact on the world around them, their compassionate side kicks in. They seek ways of making their loved ones feel better. Little Bear recognizes that Mama Bear is having a bad, sad day and tries really hard to make her feel better. I like how the book shows him trying to think of ways to make Mama feel better. It's very much the way that a young child would try to help.

I do also like the illustrations in this book. In a more digital age, more of the illustrations have a more computerized feel to them and aren't quite as appealing. These were a refreshing throwback to more traditional books.

I felt sad for Little Bear, because he was trying so hard to help his mom, and she just didn't seem to notice him. I think this book is also a good reminder to parents that even when having a bad day, kids are still there and want to give you love.

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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 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.

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