Mango is not a happy cat. She does not like her long ginger hair, hates her chores and thinks family rules are dumb. If only she had wings and could fly free like the birds.
When Mango discovers a special rock that belongs to a cat fairy, an amazing adventure begins. Join Mango as she learns to be happy with who she is and what she has, especially her family.
Mango is one of my real cats. All the cats in the story are my real cats. There have been 5 or 6 cats in my home at once for many years. They are great emotional support pets for the foster children that have come through my home. It always amazes me to watch a cat as they adopt a child and comfort them as needed. With so many of them, everyone always had a cat to tell their problems to.
In my work with children, my heart has gone out to those who struggle by trying to be something they are not in order to please others around them or feel better about themselves. Especially in the LGBTQ+ community and children of trauma. I wrote this story hoping to help all children of all ages recognize that being the best you that you can be is where happiness is found. And…… I think the world needs more fairy tales!
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Review from Mary Lanni
Each illustration is filled with color and straight lines, whether in the cat’s cur or in the blades of grass. Mango’s eyes are especially expressive, and cat lovers will appreciate the myriad felines featured in this story. Magic and reality blend to encourage readers to recognize and embrace all they have instead of striving to be something else. Readers of all ages will value this story’s message of finding happiness within both one’s family and oneself.
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Review by Foluso Falaye
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Grandma Krazy’s book is perfect for children as it contains wonderful illustrations of animals by Lauren Garcia and a simple, easy to understand story that evokes emotions and imparts valuable knowledge. The feelings and thoughts of the protagonist reflect how children think in a family setting; I know I used to get tired of doing chores and thought material things would make me happy as a child. Thankfully, I’ve learned to find joy in being alive and active as overthinking and “over wishing” can be depressing. Mango The Long Haired Ginger Cat spreads messages to children that will help them avoid crippling expectations and disappointments in life and encourages them to be more appreciative of the blessings they already have, especially the ones they are given without having to wish for them.
Reviewed By: Marta Tandori
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Reviewed By Marta Tandori for Readers’ Favorite
Finding out who you’re NOT is at the heart of this delightful children’s book, Mango the Long Haired Ginger Cat, written by Grandma Krazy and illustrated by LaurenGarcia. Mango didn’t like being a long-haired ginger cat because her long hair was hard to care for. She was tired of the rules and the chores she was made to do and she longed to be different – a LOT different, as it turns out! Mango’s seemingly dissatisfied life takes a drastic turn the day she finds a beautiful sparkling rock that turns into some wonderful colors. The rock comes with an added surprise that has the power to change Mango’s life… Most children, even adults, often fantasize about being something that they’re not. Mango has the opportunity of a lifetime to actually change who she is but receives a rude awakening when her family becomes frightened of her and ends up rejecting her. Like most children’s books, the author teaches children valuable life lessons like not trying to be something you’re not and being satisfied with being the best you can. Grandma Krazy also underscores the importance of family and the loving embrace and acceptance family provides. Garcia’s illustrations are simple, sweet, and filled with emotional authenticity. Each image of Mango and her family leaps off the pages as if inviting the reader to rub a belly or scratch under a chin. Garcia manages to nail the mannerisms of cats, from the way they flatten their ears to the way in which they delicately wash themselves or huddle in a group. Mango the Long Haired Ginger Cat is also a great introduction to cats and their mannerisms for children who may be a little unsure or nervous around animals. Mango the Long Haired Ginger Cat is a great book that teaches some important life lessons and is sure to be a treat for young children.
Kindle Customer 5.0 out of 5 starsCute book that teaches an important lesson Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2020Verified Purchase Ray, age 12- I thought it was a cute book and the story was very true- we shouldn’t wish we were something else, we should just be the best me we can be. The story was pretty well written and I loved the illustrations. Addie, age 10- I liked the story and the pictures. My favorite part was when Mango wishes to be herself again. I also liked the cat fairy. We enjoyed this book- the illustrations are unique and well done, and I like the lesson it teaches. It’s something that I try to teach my children every day, and it’s great to reinforce it with a cute story.
Michael A. Bummer 5.0 out of 5 starsA Message Every Young Girl Needs To Hear Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2020Verified Purchase I just loved the sweet touching message of how much happier you can be when you stop trying to be something you’re not and embrace who you really are. Empowering and touching without having and obvious agenda. The illustrations are darling, and how can you go wrong with a cat fairy that grants wishes?! My daughter (6 going on 7) has been reading it over and over again!
Lisa Lewis Ellis 5.0 out of 5 starsAuntie Approved and Enlightened This Adult’s Heart Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2020Verified Purchase I don’t want to give anything away, but I must say this book not only warmed my heart but also made me think about myself. I was looking for a book for my elementary school-aged niece. The story of self-love, self-confidence, and being the “best version” of oneself is encouraging. It will encourage a child’s heart and enlighten an adult’s heart. A good read, and I highly recommend it. Auntie approved!
Becky E. 5.0 out of 5 starsCute children’s book with a message Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2020Verified Purchase Great little story about learning to be content with who you are. Since my 2 year old granddaughter loves cats, I thought I’d see how she likes this book. It held her attention so well she even let me read the actual story, unlike most books where she simply wants to point out the images she recognizes. It appears we have a favorite here, that will mean even more to my little one as she develops and understands the message better.
DeLynn Cooley 5.0 out of 5 starsSimple, fun, quick read teaches to be happy with who we are Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2020Verified Purchase I choose a five star rating. I have felt those same feelings . Looking for other things to make me happy. I feel these are the books I would reccomend and read to my grandchildren. To build self worth and self esteem. I really enjoyed reading about Mango.
I Eicher 5.0 out of 5 starsBeing true to self Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2020Verified Purchase What a fun story about Mango the Cat. It is a quick easy read and holds the attention of my grandchildren. It is also a positive and refreshing story. Just what our grandchildren need to teach them the best version of themselves is the true version. Thank you 😊
Charmaine Marie 5.0 out of 5 starsAwesome read! Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2020Verified Purchase Very cute story about being happy with who you are. So many people think if you have what others have they will be happier and this book gives us a glimpse of why that’s not the case. Erin 5.0 out of 5 starsGreat book for families! Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2020Verified Purchase Super cute story that my family enjoyed! Simple enough for small kids to understand, but even my tween thought it was a sweet story with a great message. The illustrations are darling, and the story was fun to read and discuss as a family.
CM 5.0 out of 5 starsLove this story! Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2020Verified Purchase This is a great story for kids. I love the concept of learning to love ourselves just the way we are.
De Hufford 5.0 out of 5 starsAn adorable book for kids Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2020Verified Purchase Such a sweet book about learning to appreciate what you are. The illustrations are adorable! Nicole Gorban 5.0 out of 5 starsA book about identity Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2020Verified Purchase Beautifully written book for kids with a great moral to be happy in your own skin. My four year old son loved it and was excited to predict that the cat would be much happier being herself.
Jess Moore 5.0 out of 5 starsFantastic Reminder of Being Happy of Who We Are Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2020Verified Purchase Mango reminds us that trying to be anyone that we aren’t is only going to lead us to heartbreak. Sometimes we need to remember the best version of ourselves is simply being ourselves. The illustrations are really cute, and I am always a fan of fairies. I loved reading through this.
Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 starsMango teaches us a great lesson! Reviewed in the United States on November 7, 2020Verified Purchase We love cats in our house and so we were drawn to this book! We love the moral of the story and how sweet Mango realized he was all he ever needed to be… himself!
Victoria Mayhugh 5.0 out of 5 starsFinding True Happiness Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2020Verified Purchase This is a wonderful story about a long-haired ginger cat, named Mango, whose fairy-tale wishes take her on a journey to find true happiness. And she is surprised by what she discovers! The story contains a great lesson for children.
DT in Oz 5.0 out of 5 starsGreat story, with beautiful, magical illustrations! Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2020Verified Purchase I love this book! It’s a truly enchanting fairy tale, with just the right balance between myth, magic, and metaphor. For parents and children: 10 out of 10!
Terry Jones 5.0 out of 5 starsLoved Mango!! Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2020Verified Purchase I loved this book! Such a great story with a great message to remind us to be happy with who we are. Beautiful illustrations. This will be a favorite to read to my grandkids and kids at school.
Debra Harris 5.0 out of 5 starsTo love and accept yourself for the person you are. Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2020 This book was so cute. I read it to my 7 year old grandson and he said that Mango learned to love himself and not to try to be like someone else. We all need to love ourselves. He was so happy that Mangos family loved him for him. I love that is what he go out of it. The pictures were fantastic. Thank you for writing this book. One person found this helpfu
M. Faulkner 5.0 out of 5 starsFor Cat and Kid Lovers Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2020 Mango the cat isn’t happy with her life, and children will relate to her wishful thinking. This is a sweet tale about being happy with the life you have. A great bed time story while cuddling the family cat!
Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 starsAmazing moral~ Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2020 Loved the book and the illustrations were amazing and life like. Excellent job! This was a wonderful, age appropriate cat fairy tale. I believe the audience it is intended for will be able to relate to the Mango and the emotions she is going through. I loved the moral of the story, to just be happy being yourself!
sharon 5.0 out of 5 stars5 stars for Mango The Long Haired Ginger Cat Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2020 What a sweet cat fairy tale! This book offers a timely message in a fun and creative way that children will enjoy. I loved the fun illustrations that beautifully complimented the book! A joy to read and a great addition to a children’s book collection!
Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2020
The message this children’s book conveys is perfect for not only the kids but parents and adults as well. The illustrations were so sweet and the message perfect. Well done! Kathy
Kathy E. 5.0 out of 5 starsJust Be You! Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2020 This is a beautifully illustrated children’s book. The moral of the story is the prize. Fun journey to find out we are already the best!
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Ay Ak 5.0 out of 5 starsKids would love this…. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 5, 2020Verified Purchase A lovely story that teaches us to be happy being who we are and not someone else. To value ourselves and be the best version of ourselves. Quite educative and i
Marge Di Blasio 5.0 out of 5 starsGreat read! Love your Best ME! Reviewed in Canada on November 7, 2020
Good story…great read for kids and grown ups..a good reminder to everyone that we can keep searching for something that will make us better to be accepted but we are already enough..can’t wait to read this together with my little girls…