Published: 16 December 2015
Publisher: Maxine Sylvester
Ronaldo is the top flying cadet at the prestigious Reindeer Flying Academy. He dreams of getting his flying license, just like his hero, Vixen.
In this first exciting chapter in the ‘Ronaldo’ series, our hero is faced with his toughest flying test ever – The Endurance Challenge!
Can Ronaldo triumph over mean bully, Dasher, and win the ‘Golden Wings’ medal? Spurred on by Rudi, his quirky, loyal best friend and with a belly full of his favourite carrot pancakes, Ronaldo takes on the challenge of his life!
Rating: 3 Stars
Looking for a quick read to share with your little ones this holiday season? How about the newest reindeer on the block, Ronaldo! Anxious to be a good flyer and join Santa’s team one day, this first adventure details Ronaldo’s best day ever, including flying like his idol Vixen and eating carrot cupcakes to celebrate.
I think this would’ve been better as a picture book series than a drawn out book. There were moments that felt extraneous, such as lingering over Ronaldo’s flying teacher and Ronaldo’s bath fizz incident. However, Ronaldo was funny in his efforts and his misadventures during the brief time readers get to spend with him, like flying so long he gets icicles on his antlers and tripping into a flying formation and smashing a cake.
I thought it an interesting bit of trivia when we were told that there are traditional reindeer names and longstanding as it is, there are MANY reindeer with the same names as those in the beloved carol.
The illustrations were a somewhat adorable addition to the story. We got to see into Ronaldo’s life, glimpses that made him more relatable such as posters in his room that depicted famous reindeer athletes and movie stars/singers. Some of them were better than others and some didn’t really make sense, like Ronaldo’s antlers looking more like moose ones than reindeer.
As long as not too much logic is asked of the story, it could be a fun one for young children to read or be read to, especially around this time of year as reindeer are prevalent in the delivery of Christmas presents.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.