My little book reviewer in training, Olivia, helped me with this one too. We've been having fun reading new books and it's kind of great to think she'll grow up to be a book junkie like her super awesome mom.
The Funny Adventures of Little Nani
Little Nani is a little girl who likes helping people. However, when she helps people the results can be a bit unexpected. Why is that? Little Nani is a witch! Or at least she wants to be a witch. With her magic wand, she will try to cast different spells to help her friends, but she won’t be successful all the time. Follow Little Nani in her funny adventures and meet her extraordinary friends. Funny ostriches, horses that love reading, super-fast turtles, grumpy zombies… Little Nani has lots of friends! You can also draw your own characters! Little Nani is willing to become a good witch. Will she manage to do it? Who knows? Read the stories and discover what happens next!
What an awesome book! Olivia and I really loved this one. First off, the characters are stinking adorable. Adorable to the point where this would probably be a cute cartoon. Nani tries hard to be a good witch, but she also tries to help people out. Unfortunately, she doesn't know her spells as well as she should so the wrong things happen. Think Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter series. Olivia's favorite character was probably the zombie addicted to caffeine. Oh, and the horses who like to read.
As a parent, I appreciate fun stories that kids can read that have subtle messages about larger issues. So you have those sprinkled throughout the book. It's age appropriate material, and at age eight, my daughter had no problem reading it and understanding what she read. This would be a fun classroom read, something that could be fun in the school libraries, even a fun little book as a gift for kids. The other cool thing about this book is that even though it's clearly aimed at younger children, as an adult even I was entertained and finished the book before Olivia even did.