Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
Viking (Penguin) (2013.)
May you, my baby, sleep softly at night, and when dawn lights the world, may you wake up to birdsong.
Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby's wonder at our beautiful world. From much-loved Australian Children's Laureate Alison Lester comes a timeless book to share and to treasure.
The cover image above doesn't really do the cover justice. It's very textural, with deeply embedded letters for little fingers to trace. The artwork is just delightful - lovely gentle illustrations with a hint of whimsy that enhance the text. And the text itself? Lyrical language describes what each of us wants for our babies - that they extract all the juice and joy life has to offer them. Kissed by the Moon will be a children's picture book kids will return to again and again, revisiting special moments in their lives and remembering when they were little.
Last week I brought you the Chookeriffic Children's Book Giveaway, Day One, Day Two and Day Three, with lots of suggestions that would make great Christmas gifts. Kissed by the Moon is another, and I truly believe it's destined to become a classic of children's literature.
Giveaway Announcement: All winners have been drawn for the Chookeriffic Children's Book Giveaway, winners notified, and their postal details sent to our lovely Santa publishers.