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The Funny Adventures of Little Nani Paperback – August 19, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147769708X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477697085
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,369,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cinta Garcia de la Rosa is a Spanish writer who has loved the written word since she discovered she was able to read books at age 5. Since then, she has become a bookworm and reads around 100 books every year. She also writes, every day, compulsively, even in the middle of the night. You cannot control when inspiration hits you, can you? She writes in English because she is convinced that in a previous life she was British, so writing in English feels more natural to her than writing in her native language. Yes, she is crazy like that. Cinta Garcia is the author of "The Funny Adventures of Little Nani", a collection of short stories for children, "A Foreigner in London", a short story published on Smashwords, and "Never Again", a chilling short story included in the anthology of scary stories titled "Satan's Holiday". --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Cinta Garcia de la Rosa is a Spanish writer who has loved the written word since she discovered she was able to read books at age 5. Since then, she has become a bookworm and reads around 100 books every year. She also writes, every day, compulsively, even in the middle of the night. You cannot control when inspiration hits you, can you? She writes in English because she is convinced that in a previous life she was British, so writing in English feels more natural to her than writing in her native language. Yes, she is crazy like that. She now spends her time between Spain and Phoenix, Arizona, which is great because the long flights let her catch up with her long list of books to read. Cinta Garcia is the author of "The Funny Adventures of Little Nani", a collection of short stories for children, "A Foreigner in London", a short story published on the anthology "Blessings from the Darkness", and "Never Again", a chilling short story included in the anthology of scary stories titled "Satan's Holiday" and written under her pen name, Rosa Storm.

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Well written with engaging characters.
My Book Addiction and More
Even though it's written for children, if you're like me and still love to read children's books at the age of... :-D you'll still love Little Nani.
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The actual illustrations in the book are beautiful.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Jones on October 2, 2012
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When I first saw the adorable illustrations on the book trailer, I knew I had to buy this book. Now that I've read it, I wish it had been written when I was Little Nani's age (eight) because I would have loved her zany friends and crazy adventures. They are fun and imaginative on the same level as stories by Dr. Seuss or Lewis Carroll. I also would have loved adding my drawings to the stories in the spaces provided. I can't wait to give this book to the eight-year-olds in my life.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scott Bury on December 19, 2012
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Cinta Garcia de la Rosa remembers what it means to be a child. Her book, The Funny Adventures of Little Nani, proves this not only through entertaining and hilariously preposterous stories, but by engaging children in the creative process of her book.

Little Nani is a young girl with an irresistible and irrepressible positive outlook on everything that happens. She derives infectious joy from helping other people -- or at least, trying to help.

At some point just before the action of the book begins, Little Nani has ordered a magic wand over the Internet. It arrives, and it has power; but Nani, as a child, does not have the patience to read the instruction manual or go through the online training program. So, she does not learn the spells properly. Thus, the results of her efforts are always a little different from what she intended, or indeed, what the objects of her help ever wanted.

With Little Nani, Garcia demonstrates fine craftsmanship as a writer and a storyteller. Her professionalism as a writer is demonstrated in the care that shows in the prose, and in the fine colour illustrations by Almudena Romero.

The book comprises 10 stories about Little Nani: turning her friends into ostriches, meeting the world's fastest turtle, getting a complete set of the novels of Jane Austen for her friend, the horse.

Where Garcia goes beyond what most writers do is firmly rooted in her understanding of children. What do children want to do when they read, watch or hear a story they like? They want to create more of it, of course. Garcia gives them the opportunity to participate in the creation of the Little Nani legend: every chapter has at least one spot where the author invites the reader to draw their own illustrations of the events of the story.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Micheal Rivers - Author on November 5, 2012
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The story of Little Nani and her assortment of unusual friends is a collection of life's lessons they learn from each other. The author readily engages the reader to the point of visualizing the magical spells taking place through her descriptive prose. The illustrations were an excellent portrayal and reminiscent of Paul Meyerheim's in the 1891 German edition of Kinder‐ und Hausmärchen of which I have a copy.

One of the clever aspects of this little book is the area the author provides to promote creativity on the child's part to draw what is happening in the story with a helpful nudge from the author. This is an excellent choice and a wonderful opportunity to teach your children and have fun all at the same time. ~ Nobody is perfect and you can always find good in people if you look for it. ~
I received a copy of this book from the author and this is an unbiased honest review. I also bought a Kindle edition.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mardi on November 7, 2012
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Little Nani is a girl with a sassy attitude and a magic wand. Unfortunately, Little Nani has not passed her online course in witchcraft! Havoc ensues as she turns children into ostriches, creates flying muffins and gets up to all sorts of adventures. The characters are lots of fun. There is Horse (who loves to read), a Ghostly Bookworm, a zombie, a robot and many more.

This author thinks outside the box and the characters she creates are uniquely endearing. Children will love this book of short stories and they will fall in love with the beautiful images accompanying the text.

Although there are some strange turns of phrase - possibly because the author is Spanish - the wording doesn't hinder the entertainment factor.

A wonderful and amusing story!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D.e.e.L on October 20, 2012
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A children's book? Well, yes, but I am surely not giving up my copy to any of the other kids on the playground; I'll just hide in the slide and keep re-reading Little Nani.

This collection of short tales surely bounds past the regular thoughts one would have of a "children's book" , seeing as I'm mid twenties and enjoyed it quite well as I sipped from my Groovy Cool mug. In this collection of adventures you wander around with a little girl with a knack for making some really cool friends. Horses can also read, which is nice to finally see being done in some literature. I enjoyed this book, as well as all of Cinta's other stories I have had the pleasure of reading. A very inventive idea, and pages for kids (or adults) to draw with their imaginations, I could easily see a family rushing into bed to read a story each night before bedtime. The book has plenty of funny situations and groovy magic spells within its ten stories, and at the end you will be eagerly hoping that Cinta is at this very moment creating some more funny adventures for Little Nani to delight us with!

I also found the Captain to be relatable.

Ten wonderful stories that had me climbing through the pages and following Little Nani around on all her funny adventures. Could you imagine if there were twelve stories? I wouldn't even know what to do!
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