Chasing Butterflies in the Sunlight


Children - Adventure
122 Pages
Reviewed on 04/22/2021
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Author Biography

Morenike Euba Oyenusi is a Nigerian-American lawyer, author, and graduate of the University of London and Jesus College, Cambridge. She writes children's fiction and poetry when she is not at her day job as a Senior Assistant County Solicitor representing Howard County, Maryland. Her first book, “Chasing Butterflies in the Sunlight”, was published in 2020 by Paradise Restored Publishing, an independent press set up by Ms. Oyenusi. Paradise Restored also offers editing services for authors; its ultimate goal is to publish a wide variety of good literature and inspirational non-fiction for children and adults.

Raised by loving and supportive parents who believed in her and her brother, Ms. Oyenusi was surrounded as a child by art, music, culture, and her mother’s voluminous library of books in which she immersed herself from a young age. From her mother, she acquired a deep love for and attachment to books. She was inspired to write “Chasing Butterflies” to showcase the lovely childhood that she had growing up, remind others of the simple joys of childhood, dispel the
disinformation and prejudice about African countries, and highlight common bonds between children all over the world.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rolanda Lyles for Readers' Favorite

Ronke is an energetic and vibrant young girl with a healthy curiosity and a tendency to get into trouble. She likes to play dress-up, school, pretend cooking, and many more. She also doesn't always like to be stuck hanging with her little brother, Bobo, and sometimes gets him into trouble. This brother and sister find themselves having loads of fun and, many times, lots of trouble. From playing school and dress-up to crashing parties, this pair will surely keep you entertained. Join Ronke and her brother, Bobo, on their next adventure in Morenike Euba Oyenusi's Chasing Butterflies in the Sunlight.

Morenike Euba Oyenusi's Chasing Butterflies in the Sunlight is a collection of short stories about a brother and sister playing together and exploring. Each chapter serves as a mini-episode portraying the escapades of Ronke and Bobo instead of being read as a continuous story. The episodes show the duo being naughty, curious, and exploring while playing make-believe with each other. Oyenusi's writing is vividly descriptive and portrays the children's play in a way that I could visualize them. The illustrations included throughout the story were beautiful and helped to vividly portray the kids during their playtime together. I enjoyed that Oyenusi's writing depicted how children are naturally curious and don't always do as they are told. They can be naughty, but we still love them. As adults, sometimes we forget what it was like to be a kid, curious and wanting to explore and try things. I really enjoyed reading Oyenusi's story.