Coco Goes to Rome written by Vanessa Del Fabbro and illustrated by Hedwige Jacobs
Series: Adventures of Coco #2
Published by Five Daughters Publishing on October 1, 2013
Source: From the illustrator
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Coco, the stylish dachshund from New York, arrives in Rome, Italy, to an enthusiastic welcome from hundreds of fans who have mistaken her for the international singing sensation, Lady BowWow. Coco is swept up (literally–in a helicopter!) into an exciting life of luxury and adoration, but when a tiny lost kitten asks for help Coco has to make a choice. A story of how a little Miss Nobody can actually be the biggest star of all.
I was delighted to receive this book from the illustrator, Hedwige! We all know how much I love Rome, and I absolutely adore books that take place there, especially children’s books. I was certainly not disappointed in the travels of sweet little Coco, and had so much fun exploring Rome with her. I mean, come on. We get to dine on pasta with her everyday! She is a girl after my own heart. When she is mistaken for a superstar, she is swept away by a dashing Italian greyhound, Mario, for an amazing adventure.
Coco happens upon a crying kitten who is lost. Coco kind of knows how that feels, and wants to help. But at the same time, she is enjoying all the attention. What will she do? Drink in the fame, or help a friend in need?
Coco Goes to Rome is written in a fun, sing song rhyming style that I can easily see children memorizing quickly. I loved the whimsical illustrations of the familiar sights of Rome. If you look closely, you can find some little kitties hidden within them. We also get to learn the names of some of the most famous pieces of architecture. In the very back of the book is a glossary with further explanation on some elements in the book. I really love and appreciate the message of the story, which would be fun to discuss with a little one: if you’re sweet and nice to those around you, you’re more of a star than the most famous celebrity. It’s all about doing what’s right.
Overall, I really enjoyed Coco’s visit to Rome and am adding Coco’s first adventure, Coco on Safari, to my to-read list. I’d recommend this book to any child who enjoys learning about the world around them, and to any parent who has a little diva on their hands!