Book Review: My Red Velvet Cape

I hope you all had a fantastic Valentine’s Day filled with too much candy and all your favorite people!

I have some great books to share in the coming months plus giveaways and author interviews. Here’s a couple things to look forward to:

March 6 – Black Bird Yellow Sun – Author interview + Book giveaway

March 13 – I’m a Duck – Blog tour + Illustrator interview

Plus many more books!

Here is my belated Valentine’s to you all as we start another week 🙂


My Red Velvet Cape (2018, Sleeping Bear Press, Picture Book)

red velvet cape

From the publisher:

Mateo is so excited. It’s his birthday and he can’t wait! Not only will there be a party later with friends but his grandmother is bringing him a very special gift: a red velvet cape. It’s a cape for superheroes! Mateo imagines all the wonderful things that will happen when he wears the cape, from not needing to hold his big sister’s hand on the way to the bus to being more popular at school. But is the gift really what he thinks it is? Or did Mateo misunderstand what his grandmother said?

Review:

While My Red Velvet Cape, written and illustrated by Dana Sullivan, isn’t a Valentine’s book, it fits with the themes of the holiday. Just as kids look forward to a Valentine’s Day party, Mateo is looking forward to his birthday and his red velvet cape. He imagines all sorts of scenarios in which his cape will come in handy at school and playing with his friends. The illustration style gives the scenes a sense of movement and the reader will feel the excitement as Mateo rushes through his day, and the reader rushes through the book, both eager to see the red velvet cape. With a fun twist, the reader will experience a surprising roller coaster of emotions before reaching the happy ending.

This book is a lot of fun and adults will get a kick out of it too! Highly recommended for readers ages 3 and up. A great read for Valentine’s Day or any day!

4 stars for Mateo and friends


Thank you to the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.