Children’s Book Review: Cam’s Sneakers
A charming book about a Giraffe named Cam and his emotional journey of losing his beloved sneakers. Will Cam ever find his cherished sneakers? Follow Cam and his friends on this fun adventure and find out!
When it comes to teaching children to rhyme, a rhyming book is a must. They always have fascinating and engaging storylines and illustrations for children, and they always have great lessons. Cam’s Sneakers by Karen Pessoa and illustrated by LuQman Amanat is no exception.
Cam’s Sneakers is an adorable book about a baby Giraffe named Cam, who has blue sneakers with orange speakers. Cam loves his sneakers. He loves to dance to the music that comes out of the speakers. But, one day, Cam losing his sneakers. This book touches on Cam’s emotions as he tries to figure out where his missing sneakers are.
Cam’s Sneakers is such a charming and delightful, and my kids loved this book. I love that this book uses Cam’s sneakers to talk about both feelings, colors, and losing something special.
LuQman Amanat did a superb job illustrating the book. The illustrations are bright, vibrant, and detailed, and every page pops with color. The illustrations, coupled with cleverly used rhymes, catch and engage children’s attention throughout the book, making this book a must-have!
As you turn each page, you can’t help but fall in love with this book by Karen Pessoa more and more. Cam’s Sneakers has made its way to the section of our favorites on the bookshelf, and I can’t wait to reread it to my little one!
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About the Author, Karen Pessoa
“Karen Pessoa is an aspiring author of children’s books; with more books in the works! Karen grew up on the sunny island of Jamaica. However, at the age of six years old, her family immigrated to Toronto, Canada where she still lives today. She has dedicated her life to working with children. In the last few years, she has specialized in supporting children with special needs.
Karen loves creating heart warming stories that are enjoyable for families to read aloud. Through fun and interactive presentations at schools and libraries, Karen gets children excited about reading and writing. Cam’s Sneakers is Karen’s debut book as a children’s author, and she is excited to share her creation with the world!”
Rapid Fire with Karen Pessoa
Q. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Karen: As a young girl, I was often found with my legs tucked under me, head bend, pen in hand, writing in my journal. I had so much I wanted to say. Some would even go as far as to say I was opinionated. My journals were my outlet. I can be my authentic self without fear or judgment. I felt empowered.
During my youth, I felt as if no one was interested in my point of view. Journaling gave me freedom of expression. During my teenage years, I dabbled in poetry. I also fell in love with the theatre. I dreamed of becoming an actress. What I loved most was the scripts and the writing.
I am still actively writing in my journal today, but not as often. Through my daily journaling, I had a light bulb moment a few years ago. It was a long time coming, but I knew that being a writer was not only the right decision but has always been my passion.
Q. What does your family think of your writing?
Karen: My family has been my number 1 supporter. They supported me even during my early doodling days. They support all of my endeavors. Cam’s Sneakers will always hold a special place in my family’s hearts.
Q. What do you think makes a good story?
Karen: When a story has a great plot, well-developed characters and written from the heart. They make the best stories.
Q. What advice do you have for writers?
Karen: My advice to other writers is to stay true to yourself. Tackle your passions with grace, not fear. Write about things that truly strike a chord within you.
Q. What inspires you as a writer?
Karen: I work with children with special needs. Being around children is all the inspiration I need to fuel my creativity. I am so thankful to be surrounded by fun, laughter, imagination, bravery, and love.
Q. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Karen: When I am not writing, you can find me out on trails for my 10km daily walk. Being in nature grounds me. I feel alive, calm, peaceful, and happy.
Q. What does your creative process look like?
Karen: I love the freedom I have as a self- published author. I would get an idea and quickly write it on my tablet. The ideas would come while I am eating, out and about, just about anytime or anywhere. Sometimes the ideas would flow out all at once and other times a lot longer. I am a bit of a perfectionist so, I rework a manuscript many times before the editing process.
Q. Can you tell us about one of the most rewarding moments you have had as an author?
Karen: Having parents send me pictures of their children holding my book with the brightest of smiles after reading Cam’s Sneakers has not only been rewarding but humbling as well.
Q. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?
Karen: I hope readers understand the importance of comfort items in children’s lives. Secondly, how important self-regulation is, especially when children leave the safety of their parents. When children are scared, confused, or hurt.
Q. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Karen: Many families and little readers have reached out to me and offered to send me postcards or emails to let me know how much they enjoyed the book. Others have reached out to me on my social media page to let me know that their children asked to read Cam’s Sneakers more than ten times in a day
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Rapid Fire with LuQman Amanat
Q. What process takes place in creating your artwork?
LuQman: The process of creating my artwork comes from my understanding of the core concepts of my client’s story. Understanding, characters, and the emotions that they should convey. My goal is to make art exceeds my client’s expectations. My artwork is drawn from a child’s perspective, with market requirements in mind.
Q. How did you start your career as an illustrator?
LuQman: While finishing my degree in Art and Design, I decided to work freelance online. My skill was highly recognized and many client’s have been very pleased with our collaboration on many projects. I am pleased to work with clients world wide.
Q. Are youworking on something new and exciting for us to look forward to?
LuQman: I will definitely be collaborating with Karen Pessoa to design another fantastic book in the near future. When I am not designing for clients, I am working on my own projects, colouring books, activity books, Abc books. They will be colourful and innovative. I am excited to present them to the world.
Q. Did you draw as a child?
LuQman: I grew up in Pakistan. I was eager to draw and colour from a very young age. I used magazine articles and cartoons from books as my muse. My mom would often be upset that I was wasting time in useless doodling instead of my studies. I loved drawing pictures of animals and caricatures for family and friends. As a young boy, I was asked by one of my teachers to draw for a project. He announced to the class that I was an artist. I think at that moment I knew that art and design was going to be my career in the future.
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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, Karen Pessoa in exchange for an honest review.