The Funny Adventures of Little Nani by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa is a unique children's book that features some outrageous little characters. Little Nani is at the heart of the story as a little girl who learned to be a witch through an online course. Unfortunately for everyone around her, she hasn't completed her studies, so she's not very good at witchcraft. Little Nani uses her magic wand to help others but mostly just messes everything up!
After reading many reviews of this little book, I have come to the conclusion that I'm just too serious. Or maybe I'm the only one who doesn't get the author's sense of humor. Because I really didn't enjoy this book. I didn't find it funny. I found it a bit disturbing. Yet every other review I've seen has been extremely positive, so please don't just take my word for it.
My issue is that this book is full of stories in which Little Nani ruins other people's lives. Seriously. That's what the stories are about. She does help the zombie and the ghost, but I'm pretty sure she destroys everyone else's lives. The message of the book is that good intentions count more than good results. I'm not sure I want my kids learning that lesson. It's fine on some level, but the results that Little Nani brings about are really bad!
Anyway, as I said, all the other reviews are great, so it might be worthwhile to check out The Funny Adventures of Little Nani to see what you think. I will say I love that there are a few places in each chapter where the author encourages the reader to draw a scene from the book. This is a nice way to engage the audience. Here's an excerpt:
EXCERPT (From “Little Nani and the Flying Muffin”)
“How can you say that you are bored when I am reading to you one of the funniest books I have read in a long time?” said Horse in an exasperated tone. When Little Nani shrugged her shoulders, Horse had retreated to his favourite rocking chair in a corner of the room.
“Can I go out and make angels?” asked Little Nani, who was upside down, standing on her hands.
“Don’t be silly. You can only make angels in the snow, not in the rain,” said Horse without raising his eyes from the book.
“Can I go out and jump in the pools?” asked Little Nani, who was hopscotching all over the room.
“If you go out you will get soaking wet, and then you will catch a bad cold, and then you won’t be able to go out for a long time,” said the impatient horse. He didn’t like being interrupted while reading.
“Then I will cast a spell to make the sun come back,” said Little Nani, trying to take her magic wand out of her pocket while rolling on the floor. Big Billy, watching her efforts to take her magic wand out, and fearing that Little Nani could make the rain turn into a tempest, quickly pecked Little Nani’s hand.
“Ouch!” exclaimed Little Nani. “That hurt!”
She tried once more to take her magic wand from her pocket, but this time it was Skinny Nikki who pecked Little Nani’s hand.
“Ouch!” exclaimed Little Nani again.
It was pretty clear by now to Little Nani that she wasn’t going to have any fun that day. She thought that the rain was boring and, folding her arms with an angry look, she sat down in a corner.
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This review was written based on a copy of The Funny Adventures of Little Nani that I received from Pump Up Your Book! in exchange for an honest review.