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Book Review: Nina the Neighborhood Ninja


About the Book: Nina’s a girl who takes charge. She uses her brain and her muscles to complete rescue missions. She doesn’t mind getting dirty and climbing trees. It’s all part of the life of the everyday girl superhero. Young readers are encouraged to recognize that the traits of being smart, strong, and speedy exist within themselves. Young girls will find this book to be a positive affirmation that they too can be superheroes.


  • Age Range: 3 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2
  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Tiny Sparks Press (November 22, 2016)
  • Cost: $11.99 @ amazon



My Review: Nina is a little girl known as the neighborhood Ninja.  She dresses up like a superhero and rescues those in need. With her amazing qualities, and with the help of her sidekick, Fiona they spend the day thinking about resourceful ways in helping others.

When she hears a bird in distress she investigates, she goes out of her way to build shelters for animals. The animals love her for she is not only smart, but she is strong and speedy.

I enjoyed reading this book and everyone should have a copy for their young ones. The message from this book is about caring for others. This book not only inspire children but has a positive message for young girls and boys.

The illustrations by Hazel Quintanilla are bold, colorful and bright. Great for home and school library.



FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.




About the Author: Sonia Panigrahy (Pah-Nee-Grah-Hee), is a public health professional, world traveler, adventure seeker, and fitness enthusiast. She believes that life is too short to be bored!

Nina the Neighborhood Ninja was created out of Sonia’s lifelong love of reading. As her family and friends begin to have children, she looked forward to sharing this love with them. She believes that books are a powerful way to empower impressionable young minds.

Sonia was surprised that she could not find books for girls ages 3-6 years that realistically identified females as intelligent, physically tough, brave, and adventurous. She was disappointed that girls continue to be excluded from the heart of the superhero story.

After unsuccessful attempts to find a young girl superhero protagonist on the pages of a book, especially one of color, she gave up. Then she created her own.


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January 27, 2017 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review and Giveaway: Maggie’s Second Chance. Ends Nov 19th

Maggie’s Second Chance a gentle dog’s rescue written by Nancy Furstinger and illustrated by Joe Hyatt.

In a compelling story, movingly illustrated, the issue of animal abandonment is brought to life. Maggie, a pregnant lab mix, is left behind in her people’s deserted house. Discovered by the realtor, Maggie is brought to the pound where her puppies are born. When Jeff, a fourth-grader, reads a newspaper story about Maggie’s puppies being adopted while Maggie is not, he learns from his teacher that Maggie will be euthanized if no one adopts her. This knowledge galvanizes Jeff and his classmates to successfully plan and petition their town council to build an animal shelter. Maggie is given her second chance—taken to the new town shelter, where she is eventually adopted. Maggie’s Second Chance is based on the true story ofTexas fourth-graders who founded an animal shelter in their town. The final page offers factual comprehensive information on how to help abandoned dogs.

My Review: If you are an animal lover then you would love to read all about Maggie’s Second Chance a gentle dog’s rescue. This is a true story about the important of responsibility shown by fourth grade students who read about how Maggie was going to be euthanized. The children were determined to go to the city council and convinced the members to set up a shelter that would house animals that would not be killed but can stay in the shelter till they are adopted.  

This is a sad story with a happy ending. Sad because pets like Maggie are the casualty of foreclosures who are often left indoors, without food, water or the comforts of a temperature controlled environment. We should remember that pets are living and breathing creature incapable of fending for itself and that when you get a pet you are responsible for fending for that pet. What a great illustration by Joe Hyatt who was able to show the true expression of Maggie.

Ages: 5 and up

Pages: 24 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.


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