As most of you know, my time with littles is long since past. My youngest, Amy, is now fifteen going on sixteen. Still, the draw of a good storybook is strong. I look forward to the day of grandlittles snuggling up for a story with grammy, but that's still several years in the future.
As a substitute, my dear Amy cuddled up on the bed with me to enjoy this book as a read aloud. After all, one cannot review a storybook without reading it aloud! She enjoyed it, too, I think.
This is not actually a storybook, but a collection of poetry that can be read in a sing song fashion—quite a fun way to read to children actually. One part I even sang.
I do love that God is an important part of the narrative.
As expected, with Mary Engelbreit, the illustrations are on a par by themselves. No one else I've found comes close to the whimsical joy found in her illustrations. She has a creativity and a fun to her pictures that are unmatched. I've never been disappointed by one of her books.
This book does have one two page spread that did disturb my daughter and I a bit. In it, there are several little monsters all tucked into bed with the child. They were under the child's bed and were scared. After they were all tucked in, they were no longer afraid. The monsters, while "cute" also could be considered scary by little ones. I would recommend you look at this first prior to reading the book to a young child. Yes, I was the protective mama. I just thought you should know.
From Zondervan $16.99
Publish date July 25, 2017
"Mama comes to tuck you in,
Pulls the covers to your chin,
Squeezes fingers, squeezes toes,
Lays a kiss upon your nose.
New York Times bestselling author Mary Engelbreit presents The Bedtime Book, a beautifully-illustrated picture book that pairs sleepy time text with Mary’s beloved, timeless art. From endearing poems and snuggly stories to sweet blessings and precious prayers, each page of The Bedtime Book features ways for you to read your little one to sleep. The Bedtime Book has a beautiful cover decorated with embossing and spot gloss." Zondervan
I received this book from the publisher for free for review purposes. My opinion is my own.