Sunday, October 17, 2021

Welcome in Fall with a New Book -- "Definitely Dominguita" Turns Classics into Fun Adventures in This New Chapter Book Series (Review)

 Disclosure: I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

We just wrapped up celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with our homeschooling where we did a lot of research of famous and not so famous people in history, as well as read books with Hispanic characters or written by Hispanic authors. One new book series stood out and was a hit with my girls, so I thought I would share all about it, in case you and your child were looking for a fun chapter book series to read together, or for them to enjoy and get excited about reading more.  The new chapter book series is called "Definitely Dominguita, and is about a Cuban-American girl. This was the first book my girls have read that had the main character be of Cuban-American descent.  And, as they started reading through the first book in the series, they were quick to ask if there were more books released by the author, as they wanted to read more. When I told them I had the two other releases in their new chapter book series, they both smiled, before going back to reading the first book, and finishing it in record time, just so that they could move on and read the next, and then the next. :-)  Once they were done reading all three, they said they really enjoyed the stories, and really loved the adventurous and fun Dominguita.  They can't wait for more books to release in the series. But, in the meantime, they having fun reading the three books they own over and over again, and coming up with new adventures for Dominguita to tell her Abuela.

Here is more about the three books in the "Definitely Dominguita" series now available from Simon & Schuster and author Terry Catasus Jennings....

"Judy Moody meets the Diary of a Future President remake in this heartwarming chapter book series featuring a young Cuban American girl who finds adventure based on the classics she read with her beloved abuela. Discover this new series with KNIGHT OF THE CAPE (3/2/21 | ISBN 9781534465039), CAPTAIN DOM’S TREASURE (3/2/21 | ISBN 9781534465060), and ALL FOR ONE (8/17/20 | ISBN 9781534465121).

About "Knight of the Cape":

"All Dominguita wants to do is read. Especially the books in Spanish that Abuela gave to her just before she moved away. They were classics that Abuela and Dominguita read together, classics her abuela brought with her all the way from Cuba when she was a young girl. It helps Dominguita feel like Abuela’s still there with her.

One of her favorites, Don Quixote, tells of a brave knight errant who tries to do good deeds. Dominguita decides that she, too, will become a knight and do good deeds around her community, creating a grand adventure for her to share with her abuela. And when the class bully tells Dominguita that girls can’t be knights, Dom is determined to prove him wrong. With a team of new friends, can Dominguita learn how to be the hero of her own story?"

About "Captain Dom's Treasure":

"In this second book of the charming and heartfelt chapter series that is Judy Moody meets Netflix’s One Day at a Time, will Dominguita find that X marks the spot?

When Dominguita finds an old map in the back of an even older book in her beloved library, she is excited to see a telltale X marking an unknown place. Everyone knows that X marks the spot for treasure—and Dom knows that means a new adventure for her, Pancho, and Steph!

But everyone seems to think that the map, while fun, probably isn’t real. Dom is determined to prove them wrong. And as the trio starts to uncover the mystery of the map, they realize that it has closer ties to the community they love than they could have imagined."

About "All for One":

"Judy Moody meets the One Day at a Time remake in this third story in a chapter book series featuring a young Cuban American girl who tries to find adventure based on the classics she read with her beloved abuela—can Dominguita save a quinceañera?

Dom, Pancho, Steph, and their noble steed, Rocco, are ready for their next adventure! When their beloved El Señor Fuentes asks Dom to run a very important errand—to put the order in at the local butcher shop for his daughter, Leni’s, upcoming quinceañera—Dom is happy to help. But when Señor Fuentes discovers the order was never put in—and the food for the party has been sold to someone else—Dom takes a cue from The Three Musketeers to try and figure out what happened.

With the help of Pancho and Steph, Dom discovers the dastardly Bublassi brothers have big plans to sabotage Leni’s party. Keeping in mind the famous motto All for One and One for All, Mundytown’s own Three Musketeers are determined to make sure Leni has a party she’ll remember for all the right reasons!"


It was hard for my girls to choose a favorite of the three books above, as they said they were all really fun to read and were all hard to put down, as they wanted to keep reading and see what happened next. With just over a hundred pages in each book, and a sneak peek at the end of the next book in the series, these chapter books were easy to read in a day if they kept at it, or two if they read half one day, and then half the next.  There were black and white illustrations throughout the story, which really helped them picture the adventures unfolding in their minds as they read the books.  And, when they finished each book, they were all smiles, and couldn't wait to share their favorite parts with each other, before starting on the next book.

If you are looking for a fun new chapter book series to get your kids hooked on, and that has a main chapter of Cuban-American descent, I highly recommend "Definitely Dominguita."  You can learn more about this series by visiting

Disclosure: I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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