Book Review: Ronaldo – The Reindeer Flying Academy by Maxine Sylvester

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If you’re looking for a new holiday children’s book series, look no further. I read Ronaldo: The Reindeer Flying Academy, the first of three books by Maxine Sylvester, published in 2015. Ronaldo is a hilarious, fun and adorable main character that kids will just love!


Book Review 
Most of us are familiar with the the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. But what we never knew was how exactly did those reindeer learn how to fly, how many of them exist and what’s life really like for them at the North Pole. Now you can find out… Ronaldo is a hilarious, fun and adorable main character your kids will just love!

I read this adorable story on my iPad via Kindle Reader in one sitting, enjoying the wonderful illustrations (all done by the author herself) with each chapter. I only wished I had read it with one of my younger cousins, nephews or nieces, but it’s the perfect excuse to read it all over again another time. This is the ideal storybook to share as an electronic read, teaching kids how to use an iPad or Kindle while reading a familiar yet much more detailed holiday tradition.

Ronaldo is not just any young reindeer; he’s bound to be a leader of his future pack. What I loved about this story is how detailed the setting and characters are compared to other children’s books. The language is strong and helps teach in a way that doesn’t feel like teaching. It would be a fun treat to read over a couple of night’s around Christmas to kids, switching back and forth between watching cartoon versions of other famous reindeer… helping create a beautiful world around the holiday time.

I look forward to reading books two and three in the next couple of weeks as a way to usher in this year’s holidays!

Twitter: @flyingronaldo

About Me 
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.



13 thoughts on “Book Review: Ronaldo – The Reindeer Flying Academy by Maxine Sylvester

    Noriko said:
    October 19, 2017 at 8:31 AM

    Sounds like a really fun read! And I love the illustration on the cover! Great recommendation, thank you 🙂

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    AJ said:
    October 19, 2017 at 10:25 AM

    Thank you! I was just starting to wonder what my Christmas read aloud to my class would be.

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    Maxine Sylvesyter said:
    October 19, 2017 at 10:58 PM

    Hi James
    Thank you very much for your review, I am glad that you enjoyed the book. I appreciate the time you took out of your day to read and review.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 19, 2017 at 11:08 PM

      You are welcome! This was a great story and others should definitely pick it up.


    hsimone said:
    October 20, 2017 at 1:18 AM

    This was such a cute series! I think I read the second one and I started this one. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    Mischenko said:
    October 20, 2017 at 10:10 AM

    So glad you liked this one! It’s coming up on my list. Christmas books are read in my house all year long. Can’t wait! ❤

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