Saturday, March 4, 2023

*Review* I Love You More Than Cereal by Justin and Alexis Black


Genre: Children 3-7
Published: April 2, 2023
Pages: 34

This debut kid's book of the Maeva and Dad Redefine series titled, I Love You More Than Cereal follows Maeva and Dad as they explore the true meaning of love and the amazing impact it can have on all of us if we take the time to redefine it.

Maeva really loves her cereal! Love can sometimes feel awesome, confusing, humbling, or just plain perfect. Can Maeva learn what it means to love her friends and family even more than she loves cereal? Join Maeva and her dad on their journey to explore the true meaning of love.

Breaking down principles in the original twelve-time, award-winning bestselling book Redefining Normal: How Two Foster Kids Beat The Odds and Discovered Healing, Happiness and Love for younger audiences, this book celebrates healthy love, family, community, parenthood, and the value of Black fathers. With vibrant illustrations and lovable characters, this book is sure to be a child's favorite and enjoyed alongside family and friends with their favorite bowl of cereal! It will be enjoyed by children who love a good snack while exploring ideas of love, compassion and empathy.

Who do you love more than cereal? Features a "To" and "From" personalization page, making this sweet offering an ideal gift for baby showers, holidays, birthdays, and more!

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This is a short story about a girl learning what it means to feel love but also what it means to show love. She has big plans to show off her new bike and not share any of her candy with the kids at the park because they treated her poorly the week before, but her dad helps her to realize that that wouldn't be the nice thing to do. It uses examples that kids can really relate to in order to get the point across as well. 

I remember the illustrations being very pink while still showing the things being discussed between Maeva and her dad. This is a book I could read a few times, especially because the message is a good one and I believe it's relatable for kids. Overall I give this book 4.37 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Alexis Lenderman-Black is a proud foster care alumni, as well as a recent graduate of Western Michigan University Lenderman, who has studied abroad 8 times. Using her years of experience searching and applying for scholarships, in 2016, she founded The Scholarship Expert, a scholarship coaching business, to position students to graduate debt-free while obtaining the necessary skills to maximize their college experience.

With the Scholarship Expert, Alexis and her business partner, Justin Black has developed The Scholarship Blueprint that walks students through how to find and apply for scholarships. This is available as an ebook, paperback book and an online course that Alexis teaches herself.

Alexis was selected as her university’s sole nomination for the 2017 Newman Civic Fellowship. From this, she was one of only two students to receive a full scholarship from the Ronald Reagan Foundation to participate in the Leadership and the American Presidency program in D.C. She was inducted into the Lee Honors College, the National Society of Leadership and Success and Phi Beta Kappa; she received scholarships from the Seita Scholars Program, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, and was one of 102 selected from thousands of applicants as a Horatio Alger National Scholar. She was awarded the Presidential Scholar Award from the Management and the Global Studies department at WMU.

Lenderman loves to travel and aspires to be a positive example to other foster youth.

Learn more about The Scholarship Expert at

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