My Super Grandma by Markkizaac Mago Children's Book Review

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My Super Grandma by Markkizaac Mago Children's Book Review

My Super Grandma by Markkizaac Mago is a children's book about a girl named Zaya who thinks her grandma is a superhero.

Zaya's grandmother on the surface appears to be just like other grandmothers. She bakes dessert for Zaya, she knits Zaya a sweater, she drives Zaya to school, and she helps Zaya with her homework. These are all things grandmothers may do for their grandchildren. But Zaya's grandmother has a secret, she is also a superhero! Zaya follows her grandmother to see her in action. She witnesses her super grandma beat up some dognappers. Her grandmother tells Zaya that she wants her to be a superhero too.

This is a fun book to remind children (and us) just how special grandmothers are! They can be great role models for children. It's also a great reminder that a small act can still be heroic.

The illustrations by Arwa Salameh are adorable and perfect for kids. It's a wonderful book for grandmothers to read with their grandchildren. 

Where Can I Find My Super Grandma?

My Super Grandma by Markkizaac Mago is available to purchase on Amazon

An Interview With Children's Book Author Markkizaac Mago

Q. What was the inspiration behind My Super Grandma?

The inspiration behind My Super Grandma is my grandmother and this is also dedicated to her. In our family, she is called Lola Titit. Although I only have childhood memories of my grandma, she played a fantastic role in my childhood and even unforgetable one as I’ve grown into the young adult I am today. Back in 2018 when I was on vacation in Calgary, Canada, my Auntie Aida told me stories, remembering those days when my grandma was still alive, that she loved gardening, planted fruits and vegetables, sewed clothes, like there are still remnants of her works. My grandma also brought my cousins to their school, shared funny stories and wisdom. When I was working in nursing home, I also met lot’s of grandmas there. I treated them as if there were my own family. It makes the work easier and you feel at home. Sometimes you crack jokes with them, share sadness and joy.

Q. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

It has always been my childhood dream to write a book. My best friend, Carl Anthony Guanco, is one of the smartest guy I met, and he influences me about writing stories and poems. Fast forward to 2018, I have this particular goal, that I want to publish a book someday. And then it changes to I need to write a book. I started asking myself, let’s say, when I’m 60 and I’m looking back at my 30’s. What would I’m gonna think of myself, like, I want to make a difference, but how? Like what’s the legacy I wanna leave? which are  hard questions. I started self-reflecting that I will fight for my dreams and set a goal to achieve those dreams and at the same time I want to share the legacy of my grandma.

Q. What do you think makes a good story?

I think making a good story is something that was experience by an author, something that we can relate to the emotions of the characters in the book and then mixed with it your own creativity that is something unique and funny and heartfelt.

Q. What is the most difficult part of your writing process?

Often the most difficult part is starting an idea to write a story. Choosing a plot and how to end a story are also the things that makes my writing process challenging and sometimes frustrating. At least from my experience. That’s why I always asked my parents, my aunts, my uncles, my cousins, my friends, my workmates and sometimes people I just met and asked them hard questions about life, about their experiences, about their passions, about their mistakes and about their philosophies. Brainstorming and reading bunch of books are also a big help of solving my problem into writing my story. Some people often think that writing a children book is easy but it’s not. In every work or industry, there will always be a challenges that we will have to face, and writing a children book is not an exemption.

Q. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?

Mainly, my younger readers would practice healthy values and good qualities, which play a crucial role for our development as a child. One of the most important things about Superheroes is the influence it has on them and the virtues they share to us. That perfectly fits our grandmothers. In reality, school children are in the early age of forming their habits, values, behaviors, passion and dreams. By influencing a child, a decent role model, grandmothers are helping young ones develop a proper behavior. Grandmothers are still human, they have flaws but still they can teach children to grow, learn and become better version of themselves. And I want to instill to my young readers, to become aware and appreciate of their grandmas’ action. Finding joy in the simple things. Because most of the time, we end up missing most of it. Sometimes, we only had the chance to interact with them during special occasions such as Christmas, Thanksgiving and other major holidays.

Q. What was your favorite book when you were a child?

My all time favorite is The Chronicles of Narnia. I always have a great feeling inside after reading that book. It’s powerful.

Q. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I remember, I always wanted to be a doctor but it didn’t work out. I am currently working as nurse in a hospital in the southern part of Germany.

Q. What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I love going outside with my friends. I love being in nature. It always makes me happy. I love traveling to some historical places and going to museums.  I love photography, listening to music, reading books, watching movies, going to gym, playing boardgames, and Facetime or video chatting with my family.

Q. What is a favorite memory you have with your grandmother?

That she was always ready to help and telling me stories when she was young. When I was a kid, me, my siblings, my mom and my grandma always go to malls and just spent quality time with each other. Also, eating together in a restaurant or at home. That was my favorite memories of her. Those memories still put a smile on my face.


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