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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
"Mandy Princess of La La Land" is a fable/fantasy for children. Mandy and her cousins are very much attached to their abuela, which is Spanish for grandmother, who reads to them and tells them stories of Cuba, where she had grown up. She tells them of a green monster who had enslaved the people of Cuba, and Mandy imagines how she and her cousins could conquer the monster and free the children of Cuba. Mandy has a great imagination -- she gives each child superpowers and skills to help them in their quest.
This children's book is very well-written and will captivate the imagination of children easily. The illustrations are superbly done and both the author Lourdes Rodriguez and the illustrators Lourdes Rodriguez and Mary Connors should be congratulated for their work. Each drawing is a little work of art, brilliantly colored and rich in detail. This is the kind of book an abuela or abuelo would spread out on their lap so that their grandchildren could see the pictures as they are hearing the story. While the children are filled with ideas on how to conquer the monster, their abuela counsels them to conquer with love. I found "Mandy Princess of La La Land" to be well-written, entertaining and superbly illustrated.