Book Review: Grandma’s Tales 1: Wild Creatures in my Neighborhood and What if I Went to the Circus

Title: Grandma’s Tales Book 1
Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Publisher: Silver Quill Publishing
Genre: Children’s Picture Books (Ages 4 – 8)
Release Date: 2016
Soft cover 39 pages

Grandma and Grandpa’s Tales books 1-3 encourage early readers with fun stories incorporating difference aspects of nature. Book 1, Wild Creatures in My Neighborhood and What if I Went to the Circus, explores the wildlife around neighborhoods and introduces decision-making.


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Both of these stories are adorable. The first story describes many wild creatures that can live around neighborhoods in the city. The child who narrates it has a frequent saying: “Wow! I live in the city, but there are wild creatures in my neighborhood.” I believe that repetition will make it even more fun to read.

In the second story, while Jackson’s sister is taking a nap, he imagines how much fun it would be if he could play with the animals they saw at the circus last night. On second thought, he decides that wouldn’t be such a great idea after all! They belong in the circus for everyone to enjoy!

Both of these stories are not only fun to read, but they’re simple enough for beginners to read on their own.

About the Author

Cheryl Carpinello taught high school English for 25 years. During that time, she worked with numerous students who didn’t like to read for a variety of reasons. However, she discovered that even the most reluctant readers became engaged in the classroom and in reading when she introduced units on King Arthur and the works of ancient world writers. Upon retiring, she set out to write fast-paced, action-filled stories in these setting to encourage young readers to read more. Her success with readers aged 8-16 led her to reach out to the youngest of readers and those readers just starting out. Revising stories she had written for her own children, she created Grandma/Grandpa’s Tales for ages 4-7.  Her four grandchildren’s conversations created the stories in Book 3 of this series. 

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