Friday, November 29, 2013

Funny Adventures of Little Nami by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa: Character Interview and Review

  Hi Little Nani.  So please tell me.  How do you feel being the main character of a book?
         I feel really good, since I love being the protagonist. In that way I can do whatever thing I like to do. In this case, I walk around meeting people and doing magic. Since I am the main character, I can participate in all the adventures and I don't miss any of them.

  Who is the most interesting side character you've met and why?
Mr. Bookaboo, because I had never met a ghost before. It was very funny because I could see things through him. He loves books and reading, and that is something that fascinates me.

  Do you think anyone in your world is crazy? How do you deal with this?
Everybody in my world is a bit crazy! I deal with that pretty well, since I am crazy too. In that way, we have lots of fun.

  What is your favourite pastime?
My favourite pastime is baking muffins, even though sometimes the results are not the expected ones...

  What's your greatest strength?
I think my greatest strength is that I am always positive, so I try to see the bright side of every situation. By doing that, I can help more people to feel good.

  What's your greatest failing?
My greatest failing is that I am lazy as far as studying is concerned, so I didn't study all the spells properly. The result is that I never know if my spells are going to turn up right or wrong.

  If you could change one thing about another character in the book, who and what would it be?
I would change Thunder's character. Thunder is a super-fast turtle, but he is grumpy most of the time. I would like to make him less grumpy and more smiley.

  What makes you happiest?
Helping people when one of my spells works.

  Can we look forward to reading about you again anytime soon?
Sure! My creator, Cinta GarcĂ­a, is already writing the second book, titled "Little Nani and Her Friends". I will live more funny adventures, but this time she said I will encounter new animal friends. She is also writing a series of short stories featuring me and other characters from Book 1; these stories are "choose-your-own-adventure" ones and she hopes people like them, since she used to love those stories when she was a kid. I think it is going to be fun.

Title:  The Funny Adventures of Little Nani

Author:  Cinta Garcia de la Rosa
Published:  September 2012
Word Count:  17,000
Genre:  Children's Book
Recommended Age:  6 - 12
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!

From “Little Nani and the Flying Muffin” by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa

“I’m bored!”
“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. 


This is a fun book to read to your younger child or read along with a ten or twelve year old.  The book is a series of short chapters that interconnect with each other.  They are short, clearly written little episodes in which Nani plays the starring role.

A likable, curious little girl, Nani likes adventure and she likes to use her magical wand, often with unexpected consequences.   It is easy to pick this book up read a few stories then set it down for another time.   There are a few illustrations and I wish there had been more of them because they were so nicely done.  However, there are multiple opportunities for children to add their own imaginative artwork of specific scenes making the book more interactive for the young reader.   
This would make a thoughtful gift for my grandchildren, and I am considering buying a copy for them as a Christmas present.

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.

Reviewed by Laurie-J

Cinta Garcia de la Rosa is a Spanish writer who has loved the written word since she discovered she was able to read books at age 5. Since then, she has become a bookworm and reads around 100 books every year. She also writes, every day, compulsively, even in the middle of the night. You cannot control when inspiration hits you, can you? She writes in English because she is convinced that in a previous life she was British, so writing in English feels more natural to her than writing in her native language. Yes, she is crazy like that. Cinta Garcia is the author of "The Funny Adventures of Little Nani", a collection of short stories for children, and "A Foreigner in London", a short story published on Smashwords.

Giveaway Details:
There is an International tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • 1st Place Winner: Signed notebook, 3 signed post cards, 1 Little Nani doll, 1 keyring (INT)
  • 2nd Place Winner: Signed notebook, 2 signed post cards, 1 Little Nani doll (INT)


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