Esme’s Birthday Conga Line | Book Review

Esme’s Birthday Conga Line is a delightful children’s chapter book that will have you create your own birthday conga line! Esme shows the art of delegation in the most amazing way as she plans her own birthday. A must read! – Momma Braga


Esme always has a plan. A funny and sweet early illustrated chapter book about a problem-solving girl who has to manage her own birthday bash.

Esme lives with her grandparents on the uppermost floor of the topmost best building. It’s her birthday. Mimi and Pipo gave her a beautiful guitar. But they didn’t plan a birthday party.

Esme thinks this is the way with grandparents. They don’t know about parties or piñatas or birthday cake. No problem! Esme is great at problem solving.

With the help of her cat, El Toro, and a LOT of help from her neighbors in the topmost best building, the irrepressible Esme gets the birthday party of her dreams.


Esme’s Birthday Conga Line is an amazing chapter book for children! Esme is a larger than life character that is easy to fall in love with. Gracefully and with such ease, Esme is able to plan her amazing birthday party by finding everyone’s strengths and delegating each task to each person.

Now if you ask me, that is absolutley brilliant! We love how the author and illustrator was able to incorprate that lesson in the book with a dash of humor, love and art!

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this book 5 piñatas out of 5! We truly loved reading this book and have read it several times since we have received it. The story is brilliant and the Esme is just an amazing main character. I can see Esme as a star who needs more books about her to our reading lineup! Even at my age I learned something wonderful from Esme and that is the art of delegated based on a person’s strength. Now I need to apply that more in my life! We highly recommend this book for ages six to nine. But I can’t deny that I loved it and I am not in that age bracket. 😉

Nikki even wanted to read the book to our puppy Tyson who enjoyed the book but would have preferred that Esme had a dog. 😉

If you would like to purchase this chapter book for your child, click here.

About the Author and Illustrator

Lourdes Heuer is a children’s book author and poet. She was born in Spain to Cuban immigrant parents, then moved to the United States in 1984. She holds an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is an Associate Professor of English at Broward Collage. She lives in South Florida with her husband, son and three dogs.

Marissa Valdez is originally from South Texas, she traveled to Boston, Massachusetts, to receive a BFA in Animation from MassArt. After school, and after missing the delicious Texas breakfast tacos, she moved back to Houston where she works as a graphic designer during the day and children’s book illustrator at night.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this book was provided in exchange of an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

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