M.C. Plays Hide & Seek Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

I love finding children's books that teach and inspire families facing challenging situations. This week, we had the opportunity to read and review M.C. Plays Hide & Seek from author Eva Grayzel.  What did I think of this children's book?


Book Title:  MC Plays Hide and Seek: An Empowering Story for Healthy Children Who Care About a Person Living with Cancer by Eva Grayzel
CategoryChildren's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  64 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
PublisherMascot Books
Release date:   Jan 5, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

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About the Book

M.C. is a cancer cell who shares just enough information about the nature of the disease to promote dialogue and minimize fear. The scary part of cancer is the unknown. Learn about doctors who look for cancer. Understand feelings children experience and learn ways to cope. Empower children with knowledge and how to make a difference. M.C. Plays Hide & Seek strengthens communication and builds emotional health.

My Review

Author Gives Cancer an Identity For Children to "See".  The author shows realistic photos of  children, doctors, and families as she illustrates the pages of her children's book and uses a childlike cartoon character to depict "cancer" as it plays a game of "hide and seek" with doctors and patients through the pages.    Giving cancer a name and a "face" makes the illness something a little less unknown and difficult for young children to understand.


M.C. Plays Hide & Seek Offers a Perfect Conversation Starter for Families & Caregivers with Young Children.  The author does a wonderful job giving a broad overview of facing a possible (or confirmed) cancer diagnosis.  Realizing that "finding" cancer is not always as easy as many other medical diagnoses we face is often a very difficult conversation to begin.  From not "seeming sick" to missing the signs and symptoms--there are so many grown up conversations that kids likely overhear as adults come to terms with a cancer diagnosis.  This book will help families and caregivers begin more in-depth and difficult conversations.

Would I Recommend M.C. Plays Hide & Seek? So often we try to shelter children from painful subjects.  Whether unsure that they will understand or unsure of how they will react--we often try to "protect them" from scary and upsetting truths.  This book reminds us that children should be included as a family faces cancer--and gives a great launching point to allow families to do just that.   The book is written in a family friendly manner that explains a lot of terms and activities involved in a cancer diagnosis.  I think it is a valuable book for families facing a personal cancer diagnosis or one of a close family member or family friend.

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Meet the Author

Eva Grayzel is a motivational speaker, storyteller, and cancer survivor. When her children were five and seven years old, she was diagnosed with cancer. Their fear of losing her was deep, real, and suppressed. When she got a second chance at life, she created the Talk4Hope book series to help children understand cancer and make it less scary.
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