Sunday, June 15, 2008


Welcome to Mayra Calvani's Virtual Book Tour. I am pleased to review Crash!.

Crash! is a children's book about Marcelo and his new puppy. On his fifth birthday, Marcelo's receives a yellow box with a red ribbon wrapped around it. When he opens it, he is very excited to discover that he has just received a golden retriever puppy. Marcelo learns how hard it is to take care of a new puppy. Even though he has learned that taking care of a puppy is hard work; it is even harder to come up with the right name for his puppy. His parents keep suggesting different names. Some were silly and some were common; but the names do not fit the puppy. One day while he is playing with his puppy, he notices something that his puppy likes to do. He then finds a the perfect name for his puppy.

This is a sweet tale about a boy and his puppy. Crash! can be used by a parent to introduce and discuss with a child the challenges of raising a puppy before purchasing one. Also a child will discover the importance of finding the right name for your pet.

Anna Pylypchuk is a talented artist. The illustrations are wonderful. They seem very retro to me. They reminded me of illustrations in pictures book from the fifties.

I read this story to my five year old and she liked it. She even got into finding a name for Marcelo's puppy. She suggested Cutie. She enjoyed looking at the pictures and seeing the funny things the puppy did. But sad to say it did not discourage her in wanting a dog. Even though she learned that caring for a puppy is hard work; she stills wants one when we move into a house. When that happens, she just might get one.

About the Author:

Multi-genre author, reviewer, dog lover and animal advocate Mayra Calvani hails from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She's a regular contributor to Blogcritics Magazine and American Chronicle. When she is not writing, she enjoys reading, playing the violin, interviewing other authors for her blogs and newsletters, watching reruns of Gilmore Girls, and walking her golden retriever, Amigo. She’s the author of the picture book, The Magic Violin, also published by Guardian Angel Publishing.

Visit Mayra at:

Crash! also has its own blog, with reviews, dog coloring pages, games and activities for kids.

Mayra will be donating 50% of her royalties to Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc., a non-profit organization:

You can purchase Crash! at Amazon. Link to amazon:

If you would like to follow Mayra's tour in progress, visit in June. Leave a comment on her blog stops and become eligible to win a free gift certificate from Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary gift shop! One lucky winner will be announced on June 30!

6 comments: said...

Thanks so much for hosting me! I appreciate it!


Donna McDine ~ Children's Author said...

Wonderful review!


Cheryl said...

I read and enjoyed this book with my child too. Thanks for the great review.


Margot said...

Reading Mama did you proud, Mayra.
I am thrilled for you.

Both "Crash" and the "Magic Violin" are terrifiv reads for kids.

Margot Finke -
"Rattlesnake Jam"
Rhyming fun with
Gran and Pa.

A. F. Stewart said...

Sounds like a sweet little story for kids.

Aaron Paul Lazar said...

Wow! Mayra is really a busy author these days. Sounds like a great read and what a wonderful cause to donate proceeds to!