Monday, October 31, 2011

Little Shepherd- Cheryl C.Malandrinos

Little Shepherd
Cheryl C. Malandrinos
Illustrated by Eugene Ruble
Guardian Angel Publishing

Dedicated to his flock, shepherd boy Obed is frightened when a bright light fills the sky and an angel appears. The Angel brings good news of the Christ child being born.
The Angels urge the shepherd to go and find the Christ child. Obed is hesitant to leave his sheep without a caretaker. His Father ensures him that they will be fine. Thoughts of his flock wrestle with Obed as they journey to the new child. Father seems exuberant in his happiness to see the young one, as Obed struggles with hearing wolves in the distance and not being near his flock. Why isn’t Father worried about the sheep?
Not a sheep is missing upon Obeds return and Obed begins to understand the significance of the Christ child. He realizes that there is much more than just the sheep and his caring for them, but a higher being to care as well.
The storyline is a lesson in trust and knowing our heavenly Father will take care of us. A Christmas story told from the perspective of a young shepherd boy.

 The illustrations though interesting in a caricature, cartoon style, were inconsistent in knowing how old Obed was.
 Cheryl writes that he is 5 years old and a couple of the pics show a younger Obed, though still older than 5. Later in the story Obed appears to be a teenager,  nearly as tall as his father. The inconsistencies threw me off in reading the book as I wasn’t sure how to picture Obed.
 The storyline worked fine, but the illustrations need fine tuned.
Cheryl Malandrinos is a freelance writer, children’s author and editor. Her first children’s book, Little Shepherd, was released in August 2010 by Guardian Angel Publishing. She is also a member of the SCBWI.I received a copy of this book from Pump up Your Book for a Virtual tour, in exchange for an honest review.
Cheryl is a Tour Coordinator for Pump Up Your Book, a book reviewer, and blogger. She is also a former contributor for the Writer2Writer eZine. Ms. Malandrinos lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two children. She also has a son who is married.
Visit Cheryl at her newly redesigned website or visit the Little Shepherd book blog at


  1. Good morning, Melanie. I'm sitting here at my makeshift office while hoping power comes back on at home soon.

    Thanks for the lovely review of Little Shepherd. I'm glad you enjoyed it. If your readers stop by my blog, they can view a video trailer for the book.

    I'll stop back in at some point between dealing with fallen trees to say hi again and check for comments.

    All my best,


  2. I read this book when it first came out and it never fails to remind me of the Bible stories books we read in church. :)

    Stay warm, Cheryl!