Saturday, April 7, 2012

Book Review: A Bedtime Kiss for Chester Raccoon


David Broughton's review of
A Bedtime Kiss for Chester Raccoon.

ISBN 978-1-933718-52-1
Tanglewood Publishing - A Kissing Hand book for bedtime
Suggested Retail $7.95 
Rating: Five Stars.

A Bedtime Kiss for Chester Raccoon by aptly named Audrey Penn is a fantastic little book. It's what we used to call a board-book, since the pages are cardboard, not paper. (Back in the day, they were literally done on thin boards.) This means it should last a very long time. Parents and children will want it to last, because it's such a cute, rhyming story with fabulous artwork by Barbara L. Gibson. Chester the raccoon needs to go to bed, for a raccoon, that's in the daytime. The beam of sunlight playing on the walls of the hollow tree seems to make all kinds of scary things appear. I won't go into detail here, you should be surprised like I was. I won't tell you the ending either, I don't want to spoil it. Suffice to say, it's a sweet ending. I can see a number of lessons in this book. It could be used with children that are afraid of the dark, since in this case the opposite is the story line, but just as scary to Chester. The rhymes aren't in perfect meter, (I'm a bit of a nitpicker about that,) but are close enough to work well. The artwork is beyond fabulous, at least three notches above the norm. This is a book that could be handed down from generation to generation, it's that good and that well made. A Bedtime Kiss for Chester Raccoon is available wherever better books are sold.

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