Children - Preteen
24 Pages
Reviewed on 02/22/2010
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Author Biography

MJ Daley-Prado has many jobs. She is a busy single Mom, a loving daughter, a baker, an artist, an inventor, a devoted friend but one of her favorite jobs is author and illustrator.

MJ was born in eastern Baltimore County and has lived in Maryland all of her life. MJ's joy for children's books began at a very young age. She fondly remembers her parents reading to her and spending summers going to the library with her sisters.

Growing up MJ was a quiet, shy child. She found writing as a way to express herself. Others constantly told her she had "A knack with words" and should be a writer. Words came easy for her.

MJ has written and illustrated several children’s books including her most successful book, "Grandma What Is Cancer?" Through her own life experiences as a single Mom, MJ likes to write books that have a purpose and positive messages for children. She addresses issues such as bullying, a new grandma, self-esteem, and even tough issues like cancer and dying.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Pinky by M.J. Daley–Prado is an adorable storybook for children, especially girls who will love the character of Pinky and her boldness in doing things that other girls of her age wouldn’t dare to do. Pinky is preparing for her first big sparring match and she wants everything to be perfect. Though her name is very girly, Pinky is taller and stronger than all the other twelve-year-olds. She is a green belt in karate and tonight she is going to prove to all the boys that girls rule. Pinky fights under the disguise of the Masked Crusader but will she emerge victorious, since opponent Derek Donaldson does not know he is fighting against a girl? Who will be declared the new State Sparring Champion? The story is all about girl power and conveys a good message to young readers.

The book is delightful and Pinky will steal the hearts of readers with her bold behavior and self confidence. The illustrations are bright and colorful and they breathe life into the scenes and characters. The exercises at the end of the book are interactive and will help readers to look into themselves and discover their strengths; and they also give space for more discussion on girl power. The book is a good bedtime storybook for all parents and grandparents who have girls in their families, and its also good for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries.

The author gives readers a strong and feminine character who will motivate them to be strong and fearless. The story also teaches them to be determined and focused on the things they do to achieve success.