M.C. Plays Hide & Seek

Children - Concept
64 Pages
Reviewed on 11/23/2020
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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite

M.C. Plays Hide and Seek: An Empowering Story for Healthy Children Who Care About a Person Living with Cancer, written by Eva Grayzel, is a gift for parents who are facing the dilemma of how to talk to children about cancer. This book presents a realistic portrayal of cancer, without being scary. This knowledge is imparted through hide-and-seek scenarios: physicians of various specialties finding M.C. in various parts of the body; how cancer cannot be passed from person to person through coughing, sneezing, etc.; emotions the child may have. The most important line of the book may be this: If you have a question, ask. The entire book, and this instruction, provides a platform for essential discussions, addressing any fears a child may have.

The illustration of M.C. is brilliant; it is not frightening, but it likes to hide, describing one of the most insidious aspects of cancer. This aspect accurately depicts how cancer is often not found until it has grown bigger. The book is written for children, ages 5 – 10 years. When a family is faced with a cancer diagnosis of a family member, this book is a great starting place for discussions with young children. There are many opportunities for a parent to take the information and add the “story” of how cancer was found and what treatments are taking place. Then, an exploration of the child’s emotional reactions is key during this difficult time. Author Eva Grayzel, a mother of young children when she experienced cancer, has crafted a special children’s book in M.C. Plays Hide and Seek. A must for young children facing these difficult situations.

Franca Alterman

This book should be in everyone's bookshelf, as we all most likely know or will know
a child who has someonee in their lives affected by cancer. Even though it's a children's book, it can also help adults walk through this difficult experience.

Eva is an insightful and powerful writer, and one who shares from her own experience.

Rob Protz

I have been familiar with this book since the original version. It's an incredible resource for children who have to deal with cancer in their lives. And as a personal friend of Eva and a fellow cancer survivor, I couldn't be happier with the review above.

Rabbi Suri Krieger

M.C. Plays Hide and Seek is an invaluable resource for any parent or adult diagnosed with Cancer, who is going through the difficult challenge of explaining their condition to a child. Aside from being an engaging 'mystery' it is most sensitively written and creatively illustrated. Parents and children will indeed benefit from this resource, but it should also be in the hands of Chaplains and Medical Social Workers.

Gary Musicante

Having reviewed M.C. Plays Hide & Seek by Eva Grayzel, I can attest to the gentle but powerful messages conveyed through text and graphics. The story is indeed empowering, enabling young readers to better understand what cancer is - and is not - and providing thoughtful ways to engage children in discussing this important subject.

Alyce Betz

Sometimes it’s hard for a person to find the words to explain such a delicate subject as cancer to a child, Eva Grayzel has found those words and the explanation for you !