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My Kiss Won’t Miss

My Kiss Won't MissTitle: My Kiss Won’t Miss
Author: Lesley Dahlseng
Illustrator: Mirela Tufan
Publisher: Whetworld Press, LLC
ISBN: 978-0-615-87704-0

“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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Baby Ladybug’s Scary Night

Baby Lady's Scary Night: A Ladybug StoryTitle: Baby Lady’s Scary Night
Authors: Oksana & Marina Davydov
Illustrator: Ginger Triplett
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4327-9965-6

“And when you’re frightened, little bug, give your curtain a little tug. See the starry, starry sky, lie in moonlight, close your eyes. Feel my heartbeat, touch your chest. Remember, Mama loves you best,” Baby Lady is told in Oksana and Marina Davydov’s children’s book, Baby Lady’s Scary Night: A Ladybug Story.

This unnumbered forty page oversized paperback targets children four to seven years old, especially those that like bedtime stories. Containing rhyming sentences, the book’s multi-syllable words may be more complicated for beginner readers.

The authors are sisters who live in New York and love to write; this is their first children’s book. Illustrator Triplett’s colorful designs may be dark due to nighttime scenes, but they are detailed and expressive, showing multiple facial emotions.

With no profanity, the rhyming story may initially scare young readers who are afraid of the dark and allow their imaginations to take over when alone in bed. However, the book’s ending helps a child understand reality and observation.

This short tale begins with a ladybug named Baby Lady who has big blue eyes with dark eyelashes. After being kissed goodnight, she is tucked in bed by her loving mother. Left alone in the dark, Baby Lady looks around and thinks she sees a ghost. Alarmed and frightened, she wishes she had her mother nearby.

Next she notices something that looks like a creepy-crawly snake and a dangling hairy spider. She screams out for her mother, who comes to her rescue immediately. As the young bug cries, Mama Lady turns on the light. When Baby Lady claims she saw a ghost, snake, and spider, her mother explains they were simply a curtain, pair of tights, and a hairball. In the end, her mother reminds her that she loves her best.

As a book that focuses on being afraid of the dark, it is thoughtfully well-written. One minor concern might be that it may encourage some children alone in the dark at nighttime to look for objects they may perceive as scary due to the storyline.

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The Monster on Top of the Bed

The Monster on Top of the Bed (Suzy & Karrit) (Volume 1)Title: The Monster on Top of the Bed
Author: Alan H. Jordan
Illustrator: Manuela Pentangelo
Publisher: Jordan Press
ISBN: 978-1500679682

“You’re welcome to stay until I say ‘Nay,’ then it’s time to go, and you can’t say, ‘No,’” Suzy and Karrit repeat the girl’s grandmom’s mantra in Alan H. Jordan’s children’s book, The Monster on Top of the Bed.

Volume one of the Suzy and Karrit series, this square thirty-two page paperback targets preschool to early elementary school-aged children. Having no scary scenes except the concept of a frightened monster, it is would make a nice bedtime story for those afraid of the dark.

Illustrator Pentangelo’s expressive and detailed designs fill both sides of the opened pages, leaving blank backgrounds for black or white wording in an easy-to-read font. Nine discussion questions about the story and the author and illustrator’s biographies complete the book.

Suzy believes she is the only one afraid of going to bed, especially because there may be a monster under her bed. One day she hears a noise coming from underneath her. Peeping over the side, she sees two red furry paws, two red scaly legs, and a big red belly.

When a funny-looking monster plops out and tumbles into her stuff animals, the critter is as much afraid as she is. After he introduces himself as Karrit, she tells him her name is Suzy.

Karrit explains when Suzy jumps up and down on her bed, he is afraid of getting squashed. If she runs around the room, the noise frightens him. He also confesses that he thinks she is going to eat him.

Not understanding words such as tomatoes, pancakes, and hot dogs, Karrit is convinced his name means something to eat, but Suzy goes and gets the food items and explains them.

When Suzy’s mom comes in her room, the little girl tells her about her new friend, and how he thinks she is the monster on top of the bed. Her mother says friends need space but do not shut each other out. Suzy is contented she has a good friend who is not a monster, and she is no longer a monster to him.

With the play on words regarding food, adults will smile as they read out loud this bedtime story that helps children face their nighttime “monsters” and maybe, in the process, they will learn to stop jumping on their beds.

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Tuck-Me-In Talks with Your Little Ones

Title: Tuck-Me-In-Talks with Your Little Ones
Author: Grace Fox
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-7369-5640-6

“We develop strong relationships with our youngsters by spending time with them. Both the quantity and the quality of these interactions are important. This calls for intentionality and creativity,” Grace Fox writes in the introduction of her book, Tuck-Me-In Talks with Your Little Ones – Creating Happy Bedtime Memories.

This one hundred and twenty page index-sized paperback targets parents looking for a new way to communicate with their young children after they are tucked in bed. Geared toward calm and peaceful conversations, children ages three to eight years old would benefit, although any aged reader may find it interesting and creative.

With no pictures, faint gray stars are on the background with one to four sentences on each page. Having no table of contents or organization, topics are randomly placed in a simplistic but thoughtful way. The font is sophomoric, with specific bold words for emphasis.

Ideally for the adult to read out loud one or several pages at bedtime to a young child, discussing the topic, it would be an excellent socialization tool at the dinner table, camping, long-distance traveling, or during a time that promotes talking.

Here are some quick quips listed per page that include the concept of God during the readings:

“Show me a sad face. Name three things that make you sad. Now show me a happy face. Name three things that make you happy.

Why are fire engines red? Name five other objects that are the same color.

If you could have any pet you wanted, what would you have? What would it look like? What name would you give it?

What does it mean to be kind? Let’s list three kind things we can do for our neighbors. Which one of those things would you like to do first?

Did you know that dolphins sleep with one eye open and one eye closed? Giraffes sleep standing up. They keep both eyes open, and they wiggle their ears. Why do you think God made them to sleep this way? Show me how you sleep.

How strong is God? Show me with your muscles. What problems do you think God can help you solve?”

By stimulating thoughts and concepts with young ones, this is an exceptional book to start the process of not only thinking about our bodies, creation, animals, and understanding emotions, it promotes learning and knowing about God.

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Bedtime Prayers That End With a Hug

Title: Bedtime Prayers That End With a Hug
Author: Stephen Elkins
Illustrator: Ruth Zeglin
Publisher: Tyndale Kids
ISBN: 978-1-4143-8354-5

“Best of all, as a parent or caregiver, you are encouraged to help grow this habit of prayer by showing your love and affection in the form of a hug after each bedtime prayer! In this way, your child will learn the importance of regular evening prayer and also be encouraged by your embrace,” Stephen Elkins writes in his children’s book, Bedtime Prayers That End With a Hug.

Part of the “Share-a-Hug!” series, this square padded hardbound book is one hundred and sixty-eight pages and targeted toward children ages three to five years old. Meant as a book to be read at bedtime by an adult to a young one, it promotes praying to God and showing love by hugging. Using mainly the New Living Translation of the Bible, other versions referenced are NIV, NKJV, ESV, NLV, NIrV, and NCV. Illustrator Zeglin’s designs are cute, colorful, and easy to understand.

Divided into fifty-two topics each covering three pages, the chapters have a short Bible verse inside a heart at the top of the title page with a full color drawing and sometimes a short saying. There is a “snuggle time” paragraph about a current event or subject, followed by a Bible thought, a prayer, and nighty-night space. There are “hug time” instructions to give a hug, to whom, and why.

Some topics included are prayers of God’s love and grace while others discuss being happy or joyful, having a good attitude, being kind, and sharing. More teachable subjects are about patience, being scared or afraid, obeying parents, changing bad habits, or apologizing.

One example is a prayer called “Rule Over Rover” about pets which lists a Bible verse from Genesis and says to be kind to little fury friends. The “snuggle time” mentions a short story about a puppy named Rover. The thought from the Bible says God created all animals so we should take good care of them and the prayer is asking God to help us love His creation. The hug is to give the one who “rules over” their pet with love a great big hug.

With the main goal promoting a daily prayer life in a young child, the adult reader may see God in a new light by quick remembrances to love and install hugging. However, children may or may not understand some of the topics based on their maturity and comprehension level.

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Bedtime Stories and Prayers

Title: Bedtime Stories and Prayers
Authors: Dandi Daley Mackall and Kathleen Long Bostrom
Illustrator: Elena Kucharik
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4143-8111-4

Bedtime is a special time for young preschool children, especially if it is a quiet time to be read to while looking at a picture story book about God. In Dandi Daley Mackall and Kathleen Long Bostom’s Little Blessings’ book, Bedtime Stories and Prayers, Blessings for Bedtime, the goal of focusing on God and His love is achieved.

In this hardbound, over-sized square book with one hundred and eleven glossy pages, illustrator Elena Kucharik does an excellent job providing colorful, descriptive drawings of children playing and praying on almost every page. As the well-known Care Bears artist, she paints fanciful illustrations that capture each story’s meaning easily. With no scary scenes or questionable situations, a parent can freely read with ease and comfort to preschool age or younger children while teaching them about God at the same time.

Concentrating on the Creator and His everlasting love, the book is broken down into four stories, two by each author. Author Mackall has written over four hundred books for children and adults, selling over three million copies while Bostrom has sold one million of her over a dozen children’s books. This is only one of the almost twenty books in the Little Blessings series.

In the first story, “Bedtime Blessings,” Mackall gently explains the process of getting ready for bedtime by the sun setting, cleaning up toys, having a snack, taking a bath, brushing teeth, saying prayers and being tucked into bed for a good night’s sleep.

Bostrom shows in “Thank You, God!” how to thank God for all the things He has given us like the land, sea, flowers, trees, moon, sun, stars, fish, wales, birds, animals, and all the different kind of people He has created.

“Blessings Everywhere” by Mackall concentrates on the eclectic and minute details that God has blessed us with such as ladybugs, hugs, caterpillars, forests, camping, bubble baths and the sky.

In the final story, “God Loves You,” Bostrom discusses moods such as being silly, merry, mad, grumpy, and glad beside physical attributes such as size, shape, and color, completing the tome stating that God loves you no matter what.

With the fun, detailed and expressive pictures with the rhyming stories, this is a nice, quiet and subdued book to read that reiterates God and His love for us that can be read over and over again.

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