Book Review: Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets By Stacy C. Bauer
Cami Kangaroo loves sweets. She can’t stop thinking about them. Even after Mommy catches her locked in the playroom eating out of a bucket of ice cream, she still finds ways to sneak them. What could possibly go wrong? Based on true-life stories of the author’s own daughter, Cami, this book will have you and your children laughing as well as learning a valuable lesson.
This book, written by Stacy C. Bauer and illustrated by Rebecca Sinclair will teach your child the importance of honesty and following the rules in a fun and engaging way. Stacy C. Bauer uses her own life experiences with her daughter, Cami to tell the story of a young Kangaroo who can’t control her urge to eat sweets. I don’t know about you but I think we can all relate just a bit and I write this as I am eating two scoops of Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream that I really should not be eating! Talk about needing to take a lesson from this book!
Throughout the book, Cami continues to sneak sweets even though her mom continually tells her not to eat them. This sounds all too familiar right now. Kids sneaking sweets, mom hiding them, kids getting in trouble, yup this is like a page from my mom book and I think that most of us can relate!
The beautiful illustrations show Cami the Kangaroo as she learns her lesson of what can happen when she doesn’t listen to her Mom about eating too many sweets. The illustrations are funny and keep you wanting to read more.
When my family and I read this book together we could not put it down. My daughter absolutely loved it and couldn’t wait to read it again. This book is filled with valuable lessons of honesty, self-control and healthy eating all while keeping the story fun and exciting. One of the reasons I really enjoyed the book was because Cami Kangaroo is relatable to my kids and other young readers. It’s real, it’s genuine and the message is meaningful. If you would like to check out this book, you can find it HERE!
Why and How to Use it With Your Kids
- great gift to give a child of any age
- talking to your kids about valuable lessons of honesty, self-control, and healthy eating
- creating fun crafts with the author’s printables to go along with the book
- teaching kids about dental health
- build social language skills by having productive conversations about honesty
The 2nd Book in the Series is Now Available!
About the Author
Stacy has been wanting to be a published writer since she was a child. She took a leave from her teaching career 2 years ago to be at home with her son, who had just started preschool. During that leave, she decided to go for it! She wanted to write about her 2 kids, since people have always laughed at the funny stories she posted about them on social media. She brainstormed a list of ideas and chose “too many sweets”, because it’s one of the first funny things that Cami did (age 3).
Q. What did you learn about writing the book?
Stacy: Everything! I knew nothing! I learned how to: create a website, FB author page, IG page, Pinterest, how to market on Amazon, how to ship books, how to successfully run a kickstarter campaign (preorders) and now I’m learning how to better keep track of my accounting.
Q. When did you realize you wanted to become a writer?
Stacy: When I was young. I’ve written stories since I was about 7 years old.
Q, What advice would you give to a new writer?
Stacy: Seek help from other authors who’ve published before! That’s how I came this far. And do your research!
Q. Was the writing process different and what challenges did you face writing children’s books?
The writing process is the same as I learned in school and it’s what I tell students when I do school visits: 1. Brainstorm 2. Choose an idea 3. Rough Draft 4. Revise 5. Edit 6. Publish
Challenges: I had to learn how to do everything! How to create my own website and social media pages, how to use Amazon as a seller, how to find and work with an editor and illustrator and most difficult for me (and most authors)- how to market my book.
Q. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?
Stacy: I hope they are entertained by the book and they can take away the lessons in a fun, ‘nonpreachy’ way.
Q. What does your family think of your writing?
Stacy: They support me and think it’s awesome that I actually published a book!
Q, Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?
Stacy: My second book “Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff!” is currently being illustrated and will be out in a month or so! You can preorder a signed copy from my website!