Book Review: Ronaldo: Rudi’s Birthday Extravaganza by Maxine Sylvester

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Ronaldo: Rudi’s Birthday Extravaganza, the third in an adorable children’s picture book series, written in 2017 by Maxine Sylvester, is another winner.


Book Review 
In this edition, Ronaldo’s best friend Rudi hurts his hoof, but won’t go to the doctor to heal it. Rudi’s mother enlists Ronaldo to help trick Rudi into the office visit, which leads to even more hilarity and conflict. Along the way, Ronaldo picks up a side job to help earn some money for a new flying class, but after Rudi’s dad runs into money issues, he’s unable to attend. When it comes time for his birthday party, it’s up to Ronaldo to find a way to cheer up a very sad Rudi. And boy does he find a way!

The creativity in this series is magnificent. Not only do you have a wonderful family and village full of reindeer, but you have tons of great locations, events and themes. Children easily learn how to interpret a range of feelings, from conquering fears of the doctor to not having enough money to go to a special class. It’s a realistic lesson built into a cute set of characters, full of charm and emotion. Adding to the great story are beautiful drawings filled with humor, detail and imagination. I enjoyed the bakery setting in this edition, almost wanting to taste some of the delicious looking and sounding carrot cakes. They can probably be enjoyed by humans, too… right? 🙂

I applaud Maxine Sylvester for creating such a lovable series — a perfect gift for someone’s birthday or the holidays. If you love animals and fun in the snow, this is a must read!

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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 find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also 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. 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.
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8 thoughts on “Book Review: Ronaldo: Rudi’s Birthday Extravaganza by Maxine Sylvester

    shalini said:
    December 24, 2017 at 12:39 PM

    Wow, what a cute book. Me too want… Hahaha. Loved your review

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 24, 2017 at 12:41 PM

      Thank you, Wonderful Friend… how are you today? 🙂


        shalini said:
        December 24, 2017 at 12:49 PM

        Hahaha… I am good. Every where everything is Christmassy even in Mumbai.
        The church is a couple of blocks away, it’s wonderful to see well dressed people of all religions attending the midnight mass. So wonderful

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    carhicks said:
    December 25, 2017 at 8:43 PM

    This does look like a cute book and series.

    Liked by 1 person

    By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff said:
    December 27, 2017 at 1:13 PM

    Wonderful review Jay! This sounds like such a great series!😊

    Liked by 1 person

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