Book Review: Now I know How!
Now I know How! is a middle-grade novel where imagination, suspense, and intrigue merge with wisdom, mystery and clarity to produce powerful tools that bring visions to life! Behind 3 mysterious doors the 3 boys learn how to:
– Use focus for positive change – Get results through action
– Make conscious choices – Increase trust and confidence in self
– Transform problems into solutions – Identify and accomplish goals
Now I Know How! By Demetra Yuvanu is an important story about choice, focus, and empowerment that leaves you more positive and inspired by the end of the book. This book is not only great for children, but it is also great for adults too! It was easy for me to sit and get lost in this book in one sitting because it was that captivating.
Now I know How! is about three boys named Alex, Stefan and Haris who go on a journey behind three mysterious doors where they discover how to use focus for positive change, how to transform problems into solutions and how to get results through actions. This book takes you on an imaginational whirlwind complete with suspense and mystery.
Now I Know How! resonated with my children and me for many reasons. Two years ago I was diagnosed with Epilepsy and went into a deep depression. Many times of which I told myself I couldn’t do things anymore or continually dwell on the negative in my life. It wasn’t until I instilled the necessary changes of focusing on positive changes, making conscious choices and transforming my problems into solutions that I was able to come out of that depression. These very things that I still practice in my life and my kid’s life now are precisely the messages that Demetra Yuvanu presents in this book. I could feel the passion through her words and instantly felt a connection to her writing.
There was many times throughout the book where I found myself telling my kids “see, I tell you that all the time” or “see, being positive does bring better results.” It was nice to read a book that supported the practices that I instill in my family every single day. Wonderful things can happen when you use focus for positive change, and Demetra does an excellent job portraying this through her writing.
Why and How to Use It With Your Kids
- Great gift to give a child between the ages of 8 and 12
- Use in a variety of settings including classrooms and home
- Use Now I Know How! to teach children to use focus for positive change
- Use to teach children on how to transform problems into solutions
- Use to identify and accomplish goals
- Use to teach children how to increase trust and confidence in self
Where Can I Find Now I Know How?
About the Author, Demetra Yuvanu
Demetra Yuvanu was born and raised in Athens, Greece. Demetra has lived in Turkey, Texas, Washington State, California, and North Carolina and now lives in South Carolina with her loving husband. Demetra is a mother to two sons and a grandmother to two grandsons who she loves very much. Demetra has authored two books including Now I know How!
Rapid Fire with Demetra Yuvanu
Q. What does your family think of your writing?
Demetra: I live with my husband, my biggest fan. He’s very supportive and accommodating.
Q. What was the most surprising thing you learned about creating books?
Demetra: The big surprise was how easily the writing happens once you sit and start writing; once you make the conscious choice to do it.
Q. What do you think makes a good story?
Demetra: I think a good story is one that the writer has a personal connection to. One that he/she has experienced directly or indirectly in some way. Then the story has “heart” in it.
Q. What advice do you have for writers?
Demetra: If you feel ‘a pull’ to write, to tell a story, then know that you are capable of writing it and seeing it through or you would not have felt ‘the pull’ in the first place.
Q. What do you love most about the writing process?
Demetra: I love the elements of surprise and curiosity! I love letting go, anticipating and being amazed at what comes through me and on the page.
Q. How did you become involved in the subject or theme of your book?
Demetra: My book’s subject is my own story delivered through a simple tale that kids can easily understand and relate to and learn. A tale that ignites curiosity fosters motivation and through action delivers results.
I have studied, learned, practiced and proven to my self the basics of bringing something to life, of manifesting dreams.
I wanted to educate children about the power of choice, focus and the necessity of action to help them succeed in life.
Q.What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Demetra: I love to dance. I am a licensed Brown Belt Nia teacher and teach several weekly classes. This healing practice has been my lifeline. I also love gardening, swimming and when in the mood, cooking. I’m a great cook, but I have to feel it first!
Q. Can you tell us about one of the most rewarding moments you have had as an author?
Demetra: Yes. The morning that I saw two words written/added in my manuscript that I had not put down the day before. I was surprised, clueless and curious. I left them intact,waiting to see where they would lead, if anywhere. To this day, I have no idea or maybe recollection of how they appeared in the manuscript! What I know though, is that these two words became the core of the story and the title of one of the book’s chapters. The reward was to trust the process and that sometimes it’s OK not knowing!
Q. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?
Demetra: I hope that children learn these fail-proof steps on how to fulfill their desires, how to succeed. I want them to take away the fact that they have the power to shine in life. I want them to get empowered and realize the importance of their inner dialogue as the on-start of any manifestation.
Q. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Demetra: Some of the comments that I hear are how easily they were absorbed in the story. How they wished they had discovered the book’s message themselves early in life. Also, they enjoyed the easy read of a simple story with a big message.
Q. What process takes place in creating your artwork?
Flo: I start with a rough pencil sketch which then I develop into a final pencil outline. I always get the client to approve this before I begin any painting. I then use watercolor inks and acrylic paint. I have a very textured style and try to show where the brush has been to give it a hand-painted look. I take a high definition photo of my painting using my iPhone – send the image to my Mac. I can adjust anything I am not happy within Adobe Photoshop. Lastly, I prepare the file to be print ready. I use this process if I am working on a personal project as well.
Q. Are there any illustrators that have inspired the way you approach your illustrative work?
Flo: Eric Carle is my most favorite illustrators.
Q. Which page was the most fun to illustrate?
Flo: Demetra’s book – Now I Know How! – Creating the three boy characters, followed by chapter 6 – the three doors.
Q. Are you working on something new and exciting for us to look forward to?
Flo: I am working on an undersea book picture book about sea pollution and a picture book to help children going through bereavement.
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All in all, my family and I have really enjoyed this book and we know you will too! Please feel free to leave me any comments or questions about this review. I look forward to hearing from you!
*This book was kindly sent to me by Author, Demetra Yuvanu in exchange for an honest review.