RONALDO The Phantom Carrot Snatcher by Maxine Sylvester is a book for children starred in by a young reindeer (Ronaldo) and his friends. This is the second book of the series. In the first one (Ronaldo, the Reindeer Flying Academy) our young cadet shows his flying skills becoming a star student at the academy. Now, this second story runs parallelly to his career, so he must choose between risking his goals and successes and protecting a young friend who desperately needs his help.
The main characters keep their roles, Dasher (another reindeer cadet) trying to defeat and humiliate him, his loyal and lovely friend Rudi, his sweet parents and the extravagant Wing Commander Blitsen as his instructor. As a background, Sylvester presents a new scenario, The Forest of Doom, where the young superheroes find their adventures.
I really enjoyed the first book, but I must admit I loved this one even more. This is due to the introduction of new shades in the plot, it’s not only about the flying competition or the objectives of Ronaldo. The story sweeps along with the idea of protecting the weak, forgetting your selfishness and taking important decisions under pressure. Not to mention the warmth of your home and how important your refugee is for every one of us.
“There’s no place like home,” he thought to himself”
He learns how to appreciate how brave his friends are and to become bold himself.
“She was so brave, like a real superhero. He wished he could be like her.”
I find this piece perfect for children because beyond being easy to read, enjoyable and sweet, it’s filled with important lessons kids will keep in their minds: boldness, friendship, home and leadership.
“Good friends make happy days brighter and problems lighter.” What a great truth.
The sharp imagination of the author makes every detail of the book interesting, like the way the reindeer take off, how they turn or slow down in the air, the smells or the fact of how a reindeer sees the world from their perspective (the carrots, their fur, their fears and delights…).
This is the kind of book kids will read even twice, because it’s catching, moving and easy to read. Congratulations, again, to the author.
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Review written by Mar García-A. (Mar Watercolor)