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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite
Napoleon’s Secrets to Getting What You Want is a wonderful book with a theme of helping children succeed at something they really want. Author I. St. Auburn Rowe has created a rhyming story worth reciting over and over again. Who can ignore the advice of a wise owl? Teachers and parents will enjoy reading this book with children and sharing encouragement to accomplish their dreams. This colorful book points out how children can achieve anything they really want whether it’s sports, music, school, friendships, or whatever they wish to achieve. If they believe, they can achieve. The wise owl convinces us that if we go to sleep thinking of a skill we really want to be good at, we are more likely to obtain it.
The advice given in Napoleon’s Secrets to Getting What You Want is worth repeating and author I. St. Auburn Rowe encourages children to do so. If parents read the simple rhyming story often enough, children will be able to recite it. If children believe in their dreams and desires—and go to sleep thinking of them—they are more likely to succeed. The animals depicted in the book are so cute and adorable that I want to hug them. Illustrator Aun Aza has created memorable characters that will draw readers into the book with a story that will keep them reading—or reciting. The full-color illustrations are very well done. I love how some of the full-color images bleed off the page, but others have shapes. I think that every home library should have this book, not just for bedtime reading but at any time. This is a feel-good book that can be brought out when you lose a game or don’t do as well on a test as you thought.