Book Review: Ronaldo: The Vixen Pederson Workshop by Maxine Sylvester

After reading the first few books in the Ronaldo the Flying Reindeer series by Maxine Sylvester, I had to get the latest one when it became available this month. If you want to peruse my reviews of Maxine’s earlier works or view her dedicated author page on my blog, please visit this page. You’ll learn a lot about her stories and find yourself keen to read them for the upcoming holiday.

As a special gift from the author, she is offering some of her earlier books at a discount price this week. Check out her website and author pages below to learn more details about the first three books in this series before you buy the 4th one when it releases in less than a week!

About the Book

Destination North Pole! Santa’s top reindeer, Vixen Pederson, is hosting a teamwork workshop—and Ronaldo has his flying goggles packed and ready to go!

In training for a sleigh race, the cadets must work together to win the ultimate prize—Jingle Bells! But Ronaldo’s dream turns into a nightmare when Cupid joins his side. She’s the worst flying cadet, ever! And his squabbling teammates are plotting to put her out of the race.

But Cupid isn’t who she appears to be. And when Ronaldo discovers she is the granddaughter of a world famous flying champion, he suspects she is guarding a secret. And the only way to lead his team to victory—is to find out what it is.

About the Author

I was born in Hounslow, Middlesex in the south of England. As a child, I loved drawing and took private art classes with a wonderful teacher called, Pearl Lee. She had an abundance of Disney magazines, and I would paint the characters on wood, card, canvas or anything else I was allowed to use, including walls.

When I was nine, my mum took me on holiday to Majorca. I clearly remember being fascinated by how other people lived outside of England. Travelling became my new obsession.

After Sixth Form College, I intended to go to art school, but my travel bug got the better of me and chose to work as a holiday representative in Greece instead. This was followed by seven years working on cruise ships, two years in Israel and Palestine, and six years in Russia and Armenia. Although I lapped up the different cultures, I found my work over the years very unfulfilling. I decided to dig out my Caran d’Arche pencils, and do something about it!

I enrolled in The College of Cartoon Art and was mentored by the renowned caricaturist, Steve Chadburn. I created a character called Ronaldo and decided to write a short story about him. Before I knew it, my head was spinning with ideas and the first book, The Reindeer Flying Academy, went from a small picture book into a fully blown chapter book … but more importantly, I loved every minute of the writing and illustrating process.

Nowadays, I live in Bali, Indonesia, with my amazing partner, Mark, (Bristol born and bred) and am currently illustrating the third book for the Ronaldo series, Rudi’s Birthday Extravaganza.

I am still a self-confessed Disney geek and get excited as a five-year-old whenever a new Disney animated film comes out. I love the Disney theme parks and have visited Orlando, Paris, Hong Kong and Tokyo – California and Shanghai are next on my bucket list.

I have an unhealthy fondness for pizza and chocolate but a healthy love of Pilates – I like to think they balance each other out.

And finally, I am a lifelong Arsenal supporter … although sometimes I wish I wasn’t!

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My Book Review

Ronaldo: The Vixen Pederson Workshop (Ronaldo the Flying Reindeer #4)Ronaldo: The Vixen Pederson Workshop by Maxine Sylvester
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Vixen Pederson Workshop is the 4th book in the Ronaldo the Flying Reindeer series written by Maxine Sylvester. I was lucky enough to get hold of a copy this week, and today, I am celebrating the launch of the book with you by sharing my review.

Ronaldo loves to fly and eat carrots. But he loves Vixen Pederson, a star reindeer known for his amazing flying capabilities, even more. Once Ronaldo and Rudi have a chance to visit Vixen for an upcoming training course, they are thoroughly excited. When they arrive at a place that reminds you of the North Pole, visiting some elves and hearing some secrets about Santa Claus, the story will absolutely thrill you.

Ronaldo and Rudi are separated into groups, then asked to learn how to build teamwork by flying with other reindeer in similar formation, unlike the past when it was all on their own. Are they perhaps preparing for future sled rides? Some of the other reindeer aren’t as friendly as Ronaldo, and he decides it’s his job to protect and look out for the ones who might not be able to defend themselves.

In the process, Ronaldo meets new friends and learns all about teamwork. What if the other reindeer didn’t know she had a medical issue? What if the mean reindeer learned how to be nice? So many ideas pop up in this book, and it’s a remarkable lesson for children about how to be fair to one another.

A surprise awaits Ronaldo, and it’s not just the winning team. Our favorite little heroes race to the finish line and figure out what really matters in reindeer life. Like eating a cake with a mouse! This is such an adorable series, and the artistry is brilliant. Sylvester has written a colorful and enjoyable plot, and the drawings are superb. I wish I had a copy of this one in print right now to give my nephews and nieces. They’d love it! So might you…

I highly recommend this series… with four already completed, you will have tons of pages to share with kids. The vocabulary is strong, and it will push your kids to learn and think critically, but it’s fun and light at times, so they will laugh and root for the furry big (not little!) animals. Thanks for making this such a great lead-in to the upcoming holiday season, Maxine Sylvester.

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. My new book series, Braxton Campus Mysteries, will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations but with a twist. There are five books: Academic CurveballBroken Heart Attack, Flower Power Trip, Mistaken Identity Crisis, and Haunted House Ghost. I read, write, and blog A LOT on this site where 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. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


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