Thursday, May 6, 2021

I'll Meet You in Your Dreams by Jessica Young & Rafael López
[Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway]

Halito! Welcome to the next stop on the I'll Meet You in Your Dreams blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks for stopping by today, and don't forget to check out the giveaway at the bottom! For the full tour schedule, please visit the Rockstar Book Tours website.

About the Book:
Author: Jessica Young & Rafael López
Pub. Date: March 9, 2021
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover
Pages: 40
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, TBD,

“A tender ode to a family’s ever changing (and neverending) love” (Kirkus Reviews, starred)

I’LL MEET YOU IN YOUR IN YOUR DREAMS by Jessica Young is a heartwarming picture book with visually striking art by bestselling and award-winning artist Rafael López, that makes the perfect baby gift.

Each evening when the sun has set, as nighttime casts a starry net, I'll hitch a ride on moonbeams, and meet you in your dreams.

This poetic and tender story celebrates the parent-and child bond in its many forms and offers gentle assurance of love across a lifetime. Two parents' dreams of the future with their children—from early dependence for nourishment and basic needs, to the parent as home base for a child in later life—mirror an always-changing but unbreakable relationship.

Written in lyrical rhyme and accompanied by breathtaking art, I'll Meet You in Your Dreams affirms that parental love is a constant force, transcending boundaries of space and time.

I read this with my monsters and we all loved it! I'll Meet You in Your Dreams is about being a parent and how it fluctuates over time. Eventually - and this is what made me sniffle a little bit - the child will no longer need their parents around, but the bond is still there. They've made memories and shared experiences, but every child reaches a point where they start their own adventure - one without their parents. It was such a lovely, heartfelt story. The words were lyrical and perfectly transitioned from one page to the next. I immediately wanted to read it again once we'd finished. 

The illustrations just made everything better! I really enjoyed having to turn the book for certain pages, and I thought it was wonderful how the change in perspective could highlight what words were being said. The artwork really complemented the story, which really does make all the difference. 

Explaining the book to my children afterwards (they didn't understand where the baby went) was probably the hardest thing I've done all day. They said they didn't want me to get old, and we talked about how it was a natural part of life. We all grow up and get old, and if we're lucky we get to watch our children start to do the same. It was bittersweet and emotional, and I love that this book gave us an opening for that conversation. (★★★★★)

About Jessica Young:

Jessica Young was raised and grew up in Northern Ontario and is the author of several picture books including My Blue Is Happy (a Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title and recipient of the Marion Vannett Ridgway Award); Play This Book and Pet This Book; and A Wish Is a Seed. Jessica spends her time writing and researching and doing school visits. Prior to her writing career, she was a teacher for twenty years, and

freelanced for a children's book marketing company. She lives with her family in Nashville.

About Rafael López:

Rafael López is an internationally recognized illustrator and artist. He has illustrated numerous picture books, including Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor (winner of the Schneider Family Award); Dancing Hands, How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln by Margarita Engle (winner of the Pura Belpré Medal); and The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson (a New York Times bestseller) to name a few. He is the founder of the Urban Art Trail movement in San Diego and currently resides in both San Diego and Mexico.

Giveaway Details:
3 winners will win a finished copy of I'LL MEET YOU IN YOUR DREAMS, US Only.


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