Maya & Filippo Play Chef at Sea

“Maya & Filippo Play Chef at Sea” is available here.

Maya & Filippo Play Chef at SeaEmbark on a one-of-a-kind, unprecedented, breathtaking adventure with Maya and Filippo as they travel around the globe on board the “Fun Princess” — a cruise ship full of surprises. Discover their fascinating ports of call, find out what the local customs and traditions are, join the kids in activities at sea, and explore the remarkable world they create through the power of their positive outlook.

The kids spend a day on board the Fun Princess. They become junior chefs at sea and learn how to bake a cake. Maya and Filippo discover how trying out different recipes gets them closer to creating the perfect dessert. They also discover the power of sharing.

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Five Star Reviews From “Readers’ Favorite”

From the front cover to the last page, children will delight in the almost childlike and always colorful and quirky illustrations that accompany Maya & Filippo Play Chef at Sea by Alinka Rutkowska. This tale is another in the series of Maya & Filippo, stories that tell of siblings who live on a beautiful cruise ship with their parents and their cat, Otello. On board, Maya and Filippo travel the world, discovering new places and “how things work.” 

In Maya & Filippo Play Chef at Sea, Maya and Filippo, while crossing the Tasman Sea, decide to join the ship’s chef and a group of other children to make cakes. The fun begins as they crack eggs, pour milk, sift flour, and add their own special ingredients. The point of the exercise, Maya points out to another of the traveling children, is to have fun and to try something new. Along the way, Maya and Filippo learn that when they cooperate and communicate with one another, they may both accomplish all they desire, rather than only half.

The story of Maya and Filippo will excite the imagination of children who might wonder what it would be like to live at sea. Alinka Rutkowska takes children on just such a journey, providing them with some basic geographic information (about where lies the Tasman Sea), some good advice about working in a kitchen (wash your hands first!) and a valuable lesson about cooperation and communication.

Rating: 5.0 stars. Reviewed by Patricia Reding for Readers’ Favorite


In another colorful pop-up children’s book, Maya and Filippo Play Chef at Sea, Alinka Rutkowska demonstrates how children can have fun while she teaches a valuable lesson. Sister and brother, Maya and Filippo, live on a cruise ship that is now traveling from Auckland to Hobart. During the day, the ship’s pastry chef occupies the children with an opportunity to experiment and bake cakes using a variety of ingredients. Maya shares her wisdom with another child who isn’t interested in the process at first, but he soon discovers that the journey is part of the overall goal – his efforts at baking the cake enhance his reaction to the finished product. Maya and Filippo also learn the importance of communication and sharing when they are forced to split an orange, only to discover that Maya simply wanted the peel for her recipe while Filippo wanted to eat the fruit.

Numerous unspoken lessons that children can assimilate without direct instruction are presented in Maya and Filippo Play Chef at Sea. Experience is the best teacher and Maya and Filippo share their experiences with the reader so that the lessons they learn are simultaneously transmitted. With only limited input from adults, Maya and her brother, Filippo, are free to work out solutions to their issues and children can easily relate to their interactions. Just as with her other stories, Alinka Rutkowska has created a tale that will appeal to children, teaches about choices, and encourages communication and sharing. With whimsical illustrations by Konrad Checinski, Maya and Filippo Play Chef at Sea is a great opportunity to share precious time with a child and provide a subtle message as well.

Rating: 5.0 stars. Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers’ Favorite


Maya and Filippo are a pair of jet-setting kids who travel the world with their parents and their cat, Otello. They live on a massive ship, which you think would get boring, but not for Maya and Filippo! These kids know how to get their hands dirty, in the kitchen that is. They learn how to bake cakes, and all sorts of other treats. 

One great thing about the Maya and Filippo books is that each story is fun, but there are some quickly slipped in lessons so that your own children are learning right along with the kids too. Kitchen safety, healthy snacking, washing your hands, and sharing are all very important lessons that can be taken from this book and applied to your own real life cooking with kids experience. Next time you try to bake, have the kids help out like Maya and Filippo. 

I loved Maya and Filippo’s first adventure, so I was thrilled to find another book in the series and I snapped it up right away. The concept of having children travel the world is by no means unique, yet Alinka Rutkowska writes with such heart and joy that Maya and Filippo’s adventures make them stand out from the crowd and really excel at what counts, entertaining children. The cute pictures, paired with a fun and interesting story, is sure to delight kids and encourage traveling. What a way to get out of your own town and explore the world. A very fun book indeed.

Rating: 5.0 stars. Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers’ Favorite


Maya and Filippo are traveling the world with their family on a cruse ship called “Fun Princess” and this time they will be entertaining on board as they become Junior Chefs at sea. The siblings will be making a cake, along with others their age. While fulfilling their duties as Junior Chef, Maya and Filippo and the gang learned several valuable lessons that will not only help them as cooks,but throughout life. This pair had the opportunity to learn about communicating and sharing as well as learning the importance of making the right choices. Will Maya and Filippo make the right choices? Will other boys and girls in their class show how to share while working together?

Maya and Filippo Play Chef at Sea is another adorable book by Alinka Rutkowska with the characters Maya and Filippo and their family. I enjoyed reading more from this author, and in this book it was fun to read about the kids trying their baking skills and making their own cake. The sweet story is well written and will make any child feel loved and accepted. And I love the unique and adorable illustrations throughout the book. I always enjoy illustrations that tell their own story, and those in this book tell their own story so well! The colors are pleasant to the eye and the overall story and book will surely make a hit on the shelves of many bookstores. I highly recommend Maya and Filippo by Alinka Rutkowska and I really think your child will love it as much as I do!

Rating: 5.0 stars. Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers’ Favorite


As a part of the series of adventures of Maya and Filippo at sea, the siblings embark upon another wonderful adventure from New Zealand to Tasmania on their cruise ship “Fun Princess.” Maya & Filippo Play Chef at Sea is written by Alinka Rutkowska and illustrated by Konrad Checinski. While they are on their trip, they decide that they want to make a cake with the other kids on board. They put on their aprons and hats and get ready to go to work. Each of the children experiment with the ingredients and with making different kinds of cakes, but as they are cooking, Maya and Filippo do something really silly that is wasteful. The pastry chef who helped them with their cakes threw a party so that everyone on board could sample their creations. However, Maya and Filippo have a very important lesson to learn about communicating with each other. Thanks to their mother, they learn a valuable lesson about sharing and communicating. 

This is a book full of fun with a couple of simple lessons built into the story. While the two lessons are very simple ones, they are very good ones for children to learn. Alinka Rutkowska and Konrad Checinski have combined to create a colorful and adventurous children’s story which explores different experiences that appeal to children. Colorful, fun and educational; Maya & Filippo Play Chef at Sea is an excellent addition to the Fun Princess series.

Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers’ Favorite


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