Book review: Chloe and Cookie’s Chemo Tips by Mayra Aburto
It’s not everyday you get to read books about cancer and how it affects millions of people, young and old. When I read Chloe and Cookie’s Chemo Tips by Mayra C. Aburto, I learned so much about this disease and its impact on patients. With more than 30 delightful and humorous tips, you can also learn the way cancer affects the immune system, physical appearance, and spiritual mind. As I had the chance to interview Mayra, here is what she said about her wonderful book.
1. These tips are wonderful suggestions for cancer patients. Do you think children and young teens diagnosed with cancer can relate to some of your tips? What would be a tip for young children not listed in your book?
Yes, I think that anybody can relate to the tips since the tips are very general, and anybody going through chemotherapy/radiation/surgery could have a way to relate to the book. As a young adult facing cancer treatment, I can understand that it’s difficult to come to terms with certain disabilities. I would really like younger patients to focus on keeping themselves healthy and positive since they have a long life ahead of them, even if they have to put up with some side effects along the way.
2. Chemotherapy is a treatment that can help many cancer patients. One of the effects is losing your hair and many decide to cover their heads with wigs or hats? Did you find one method more comfortable than the other?
It all depends on the day. Every day is different, and depending on the weather and on how sensitive your scalp is, it could be very uncomfortable wearing any headgear at all. The best option for those days is to wear a light, soft-knit hat or a short wig.
3. In writing this book, what was your inspiration to tell about your story? What motivated you to write your story?
My reason for writing this book came from my experiences meeting other chemo patients that were just starting with their treatment.
They wanted to know what to expect, so I thought that if I put a book of tips together, patients would have a good resource for learning about another patient’s experience. At the same time, I wanted to make the book as lighthearted as possible since cancer-related books tend to be very serious and dull.
4. The cartoons and drawings are a delightful touch to your heart-warming story. And I especially like your cat companion. Did you draw these illustrations?
Yes, I drew every illustration in the book. Being an illustrator is one of my favorite things to do! I felt that Cookie the Cat could bring some humor into what was a serious topic. I hope that kids going through treatment will enjoy the illustrations and Cookie the Cat.
About the author:
Mayra C. Aburto is a writer/illustrator living in LA with her husband, sons, and her dog Biscuit. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. After recovering, she’s been focusing on enjoying life to the fullest one day at a time, leading her to write a book to help other patients do the same.
Spanish4Kiddos is not endorsed and/or affiliated with the author/illustrator Mayra C. Aburto. I received a free copy for review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review. For more information, please visit www.gpo.gov, U.S. Government Printing Office.