This is a review for Cheer Chick Charlie
I received products in exchange, but all opinions as always, are my own.
The first time I met Leanne Shea Langdown, she was ‘just’ Leanne from Deep Fried Fruit, (although there is nothing ‘just’ about that), wearing a gorgeous dress. We chatted about that dress in a group of people at a Digital Parents Conference, and honestly that’s one of the most memorable parts of the night.
Apart from ambushing people in the toilets afterwards, but that’s a story for another time.
Later that night, Leanne won a trip to Disney Land, and I think we were all both pleased for her, and a little jealous. She had a great dress and a trip; that’s a good combo to have. 🙂
Some time later, I became aware that she wasn’t ‘just’ Leanne with the great dress, and the blog and the trip to Disneyland, but she was also Leanne the author.
Not only does she have a very cool blog that she maintains daily, but she has also developed a series of books about a ten year old cheerleader called Charlie, who is athletic, fun, kind and quite inspirational.
I discovered all this at about the time that I was in the throes of self publishing myself, so I was very intrigued by what she had done, and I may have picked her brain about a few things. She gave me quite a bit of information, but one thing that really stuck with me was her attitude; she is just as much a cheerleader as her fictional character is, and she encourages each of us to be the same. It inspired me to buy the first four books for my girls*, and it was a great investment. I knew that Taylah in particular would love them.
I was right. She read those four books in the series in about a week, and then started them again, asking if I could launch a cheerleading club for her and her friends.
It was sweet that she thought me that coordinated. 😉
Now I couldn’t fulfil that wish, and sadly we left Darwin two lessons after having found an actual cheerleading club, but the love of it still lives on in Charlie and her books, and so who better to do this review than her?
ME: What do you like about Cheer Chick Charlie?
TAYLAH: I like that it’s very inspirational and that it’s fun to read and that Charlie has got a whole lot of good friends.
ME: What’s the main message you have taken away from the books?
TAYLAH: That no matter what may seem impossible, it might seem possible tomorrow.
ME:Do you think Charlie is a good role model for girls and why?
TAYLAH: Yes. I think she is a good role model because she perseveres and she always wants to make everyone feel included. She does her best in her friendships which encourages girls to do the same.
ME:Which book is your favourite?
TAYLAH: The Strength of a Smile. I like it because it shows that just a smile can change someone’s world. And it’s got all the boys in, and they are being nice now. The bully starts to be nice and help in the hospital.
As a mother, that’s the kind of story I want my kids reading. Something that leaves them feeling that not only is anything possible, but that being kind to others is one of the greatest things you can do.
One thing that I’ve taken away from both Cheer Chick Charlie and Leanne is that you really can do anything. You don’t have to sit around and wait for amazing things to happen; you can do it. Start a cheerleading club, create your own brand of motivational fictional characters, join a band, make an app, whatever it is, you want to do. You can do it. And you should do it. That’s kind of the point.
Because what seems impossible today, might seem possible tomorrow, so you shouldn’t stop dreaming and trying.
If you’re interested in learning more about Charlie, or purchasing any books or fun merchandise, be sure to visit the website. There are cool activities (kids can even message Charlie), as well as recipes for some great healthy treats. Also be sure to check out the Cheer Chick Charlie app, where you can make your own cheer routine.
Leanne has also generously offered all Essentially Jess readers a special 15% discount. You can claim this at the checkout by using the code ESSENTIAL.
So tell me: have you heard of Cheer Chick Charlie?
What kind of message do you look for in a children’s book?
*Cheer Chick Charlie is perfect for tween age girls. My eldest is eleven and still loves them, and my eight year old is just beginning to get into them.