12 August 2019

Review & Giveaway of Ronaldo: The Phantom Carrot Snatcher, by Maxine Sylvester

Alright, it's my first holiday review of the year! I kid, I kid. Well, sort of anyway. But if you are looking to find a fantastic series to buy for your child, I had the chance to read Ronaldo: The Phantom Carrot Snatcher and it's so charming and adorable with an incredible message for kids.

About the Book:

Prepare to laugh out loud at this fun winter tale of friendship, sledging and flying!

Ronaldo is the top cadet at Flying Academy. He is on course to win the coveted Golden Snowflake medal and break the speed record. After the first of three speed tests, he discovers his carrots have been stolen. Ronaldo and best friend, Rudi, are determined to catch the thief. However, Ronaldo doesn’t have far to look. The culprit is hiding outside his house … and it’ a creature feared by every reindeer – a wolf!




Ronaldo and Rudi are terrified, but the wolf cub, Ernie, is sad and lonely. She has lost her pack, and it’s the coldest winter in two hundred years. Ronaldo agrees to hide the wolf in his bedroom, but he and Rudi must come up with a superhero plan to return Ernie safely home before his parents find out.


Rudi suggests flying around the Forest of Doom and delivering a message to the wolf pack during the second speed test. But it’s dangerous and Ronaldo isn’t onboard with the idea. He desperately wants to break the record, and the plan means jeopardising his chance of becoming the champion.

Will Ronaldo discover the true meaning of friendship or will he succumb to ambition and become the youngest flyer ever to break the speed record?

My Review:

What a charming book! I loved the humor and personality in this book. While it's the second in the series, I didn't feel disconnected at all from the story. I also really liked the moral lesson in the story about friendship and ambition. It's such a touching one for kids - and adults who are kids at heart. The artwork in the book is black and white, but that didn't distract from the book at all. This story just made me feel like I was there and part of this world.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would absolutely recommend it! 



About the Author, Maxine Sylvester

Maxine Sylvester was born in London, England. She grew up with a passion for Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear. She also loved anything Disney and enjoyed drawing the characters. Maxine's love of 'fun' art grew and she had the privilege of being mentored by cartoonist and caricaturist, Steve Chadburn. She completed further studies in children's book illustration with talented artist and illustrator, Jan Nesbitt.
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Best of all, I am lucky enough to giveaway a digital copy to THREE of my lucky readers. Enter via Rafflecopter below. Open internationally. Ends 9/2.

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I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

37 comments:

  1. Curious drawings, very nice review.

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  2. Hi Calvin
    I am glad you liked the review, I did too, i wonder if you could explain why the illustrations are 'curious'?

    Thanks
    maxine

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  3. My granddaughter would love this book

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    1. Thank you, you may find that you love it as much as your daughter.

      Maxine

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    1. Thanks William,
      It is indeed, thank you and thanks to Nicole for all her hard work on this.

      Maxine

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  6. My son would absolutely love reading this. The animation is amazing!

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    1. Thank you, I am sure he will love it, you may find that you do too.
      Maxine

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  7. My niece would enjoy this fun read!

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    1. I think she will 'love it', although I am slightly biased. Hahaha

      Maxine

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  8. Loves the imagary of this cover.

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  9. Omg so cute it reminds me of rocky and bullwinkle

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    1. I have heard before, so I need to check them out. I hope it is a good thing.

      Maxine

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  10. I love bright festive books to give my little cousins at Christmas to encourage their love of reading.

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    1. I hope so too, unfortunately the illustrations inside are in black
      Black and white.
      You can check out the first chapters of each book here - www.ronaldothefltinreindeer.com/first-chapters/
      Thank you

      Maxine

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  11. great reading for young ones....love the flair of the book

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    1. Thank you for you lovely words, they are much appreciated.

      Maxine

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  12. The cover looks like a fun read my 2 little girls would enjoy!

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    1. Thank you, I am sure they will enjoy Ronaldo and his friends, you may just find that you do too.

      Maxine

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  14. Dang, missed the books. Next time.

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  15. This looks like a super cute book. I know that my kids would really enjoy reading it.

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  16. This sounds like a cute book! I know a few kiddos that would love this!

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  17. This looks like a really sure book!

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