Book Review-Mamá Graciela’s Secret


Author: Mayra Calvani

Illustrated By: Sheila Fein

Publisher: MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing

No Of Pages: 36 Pages

Format: E-book( PDF)

Genre: Children’s Story (3-7 Years Old)


Mamá Graciela’s TENDER, CRUNCHY, SPICY bacalaítos fritos are the best in town.Local customers (including stray cats!) come from all over the island to enjoy her secret recipe. But when the Inspector discovers that Mamá secretly caters to so many cats and he threatens to close her tiny restaurant, Mamá must come up with a plan to save it, and all of the animals she loves.

Book Cover Review

What a beautiful cover to attract the children with the beach and pets. Lovely Cover.

Book Review

I would like to thank the author’s team for the review copy.

Mama Graciela makes the best bacalaitos fritos on her beachside restaurant. No One knows the mama’s secret of her recipe.There lives the stray cats with her in the restaurant. She feeds the cats with care.And as days move on, the customers to her restaurant grows and so the number of cats. The fate knocks the restaurant door in the name of health inspector. Mama comes up with a soulful plan to save the animals and her recipe.

This is a story to tell the true act of love towards the animals. Beautiful illustration by illustrator with the classic touch.

Overall it’s a Well Illustrated bedtime story for the children with a noble message.


Perfect Yes to the all mothers out there to teach your children a good moral story.


Buy Option

MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing – Discount 40%

Mail ID: (Returnable – Yes)

Amazon India

About The Author

Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her children’s picture book, Frederico the Mouse Violinist was a finalist in the 2011 International Book Awards; her anthology Latina Authors and Their Muses was a First Place winner at the 2016 International Latino Book Awards; her nonfiction book, The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing, was a Foreword Best Book of the Year winner. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications like The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, Bloomsbury Review, and others.

She lives in Belgium with her husband of 30+ years, two wonderful kids, and her three beloved pets. When she’s not writing, editing, reading or reviewing, she enjoys walking with her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family.

About The Illustrator

Born in Queens, New York and living in Los Angeles since 1987, Sheila Fein has always been inspired by the changing world around her. Earning her BA in Design from Buffalo State College of New York, her concentration was on drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography. Sheila’s education as an artist has taken her everywhere from Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia to Bath University in England. Today, Sheila Fein runs two figurative workshops, Imaginings Sketch in LA and People Sketchers in Thousand Oaks. She has been featured in numerous collections, magazines, books, solo and group exhibitions. Her paintings and drawings reside in public and private collections. Sheila loves to make the imagination of others a reality and has done so through her commissioned Fein Fantasy Portraits and Interactive Paintings. In addition to being a fine artist Sheila works as an illustrator. She just completed the book “Mama Graciela’s Secret” for Maclaren-Cochrane Publishing.

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