Lesley (Dahlseng) Rieland

Children's Book Author and Christian Blogger


Leave a comment

Lesley’s Review of “Mother, Mother, I Want Another”

Mother Mother I Want AnotherFor the Joy of Literacy!

Author:  Maria Polushkin Robbins
Illustrator:  Jon Goodell
Publisher:  Dragonfly Books

As the bedtime ritual comes to a close, Mrs. Mouse gives her son a bedtime kiss. Everything has gone smoothly thus far, until Mrs. Mouse turns to leave the room. Baby mouse then begins to cry: “I want another, Mother!” Desperate to appease baby mouse’s cries, Mrs. Mouse runs to fetch Mrs. Duck who attempts to calm baby mouse with a very ducky lullaby. When this doesn’t work, they call on Mrs. Frog. After five mothers fail at consoling him, baby finally explains: “No more mothers! . . . I want another KISS!” Each mother kisses baby mouse goodbye. Then he is tucked cozy into bed and finally receives ANOTHER kiss from his mother.

Text Review: What a cleverly sweet twist! There is never a boring page. Each mother’s lullaby is a nice addition, interspersing well-written rhyme while giving our young readers insight into each animal’s characteristics. The ending creates every feeling that a great bedtime picture book should.

Illustration Review: I give it 5+ stars.

I post my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads as well.
If you found this recommendation helpful, I’d love to know!
Below are direct links that allow you to leave feedback.

Click “Yes” on this Amazon Link!
Click “Like” on this Goodreads Link!

Thank you!


To find other book reviews by Lesley, simply Click Here.


Leave a comment

Lesley’s Review of “A Lullaby for Little One”

A lullaby for little oneFor the Joy of Literacy!

Author:  Dawn Casey
Illustrator:  Charles Fuge
Publisher:  Nosy Crow

Dawn Casey and Charles Fuge join forces in this tale of father-child bonding.  It is evening and Big Daddy Rabbit invites his Little One along for some purely sweet frolicking – chasing each other though the woods, playing hide-and-seek, dancing and splashing.  They are joined throughout the story by an owl, a mouse, and a very friendly bear.  Each page-turn is a delight, filled with bright and beautiful color.  There is no shortage of character cuteness.   

The story rides a light-hearted high until it is interrupted by a sudden whimper.  As with most little ones, the excitement can quickly end when all energy is spent and bedtime calls.  “Are you all worn out from that hullaballo?” asks the father.  “Maybe it’s time for a lullaballoo.”  A rose and yellow watercolor sunset spreads atop the page as Big Rabbit carries his Little One away and their friends wave goodnight.  We are left with a sense of completion and comfort seeing these two furry creatures snuggle together for some sweet dreams, making it a wonderful bedtime book for us to settle into a snuggle with our own little ones. 

These illustrations are fantastic, and I believe a child of any age would enjoy looking through this book.  Fuge brings great expression and feeling to the story.  The text, also, has the potential for added dramatic expression, using words that may tickle the ears of young children – whooped and swooped, splashed and sploshed, and snuffled and snuggled.  The storyline is short and in a very simple rhyme, setting the ideal audience target to a younger crowd of around two to five years old. 

I post my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads as well.
If you found this recommendation helpful, I’d love to know!
Below are direct links that allow you to cast your “vote”.

Click “Yes” on this Amazon Link!
Click “Like” on this Goodreads Link!

Thank you!


To find other book reviews by Lesley, simply Click Here.