Title: My Kiss Won’t Miss
Author: Lesley Dahlseng
Illustrator: Mirela Tufan
Publisher: Whetworld Press, LLC
“It doesn’t matter where you are I’ll blow my kiss there from afar. So snuggle softly in your bed. Close your eyes and rest your head. Tuck-tuck now. Out goes the light. Now in your dreams throughout the night …,” Lesley Dahlseng ends her children’s book, My Kiss Won’t Miss.
At thirty-two pages, this hardbound targets children ages two to eight years old, especially when it is time for bed. With no scary scenes or profanity, it may be best read out loud by adults to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.
Growing up on a North Dakota farm, author Dahlseng enjoyed writing and running. She currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and two daughters. Illustrator Tufan spent her childhood in Romania and now designs children’s books in Australia where she lives with her husband and two children.
In this rhyming tale meant for bedtime for young ones, readers are immediately captivated by the full-color, full-page illustrations of detailed, fanciful depictions. Emotionally expressive children grace the pages with a caring mother or an observant animal as a sparkly ribbon flutters throughout the story.
Beginning with a mother tucking her son in bed, she tells him to rest well and don’t run away. But he does not listen and tries to find a place to hide. Be it a barn, garden, meadow with a horse, by a blue stream, in the snow, during the moonlight, or up in the sky, she will catch him or blow a kiss his way. More scenes of laying on the grass, nestled in a cave, riding on a raft, sleeping in a sea shell underwater, seated on a camel, or on a mountaintop show how deep her love is.
When he is back in bed and snuggled in, she kisses him and blows out the candle. But he wakes up and sees the same flowing ribbon portrayed as God sending His goodnight kiss that will never miss. The Bible verse from Romans is written out on the last page about nothing can separate us from the love of God.
Having won three awards already, this charming children’s book will delight a child as he or she is tucked in bed, ready to drift calmly off to dreamland filled with thoughts of being loved and kissed, especially by the Almighty. One minor concern with the storyline may be that children might consider hiding or running away at bedtime.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Thanks to Jenkins Group for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.
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