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A Bedtime Kiss for Chester Raccoon

A Bedtime Kiss for Chester Raccoon

4.8 5
by Audrey Penn, Barbara Gibson

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The sun is up, it's time for little Chester Raccoon to go to bed, but he is frightened by the shadows the sun is creating on the walls. Mrs. Raccoon soothes him with a Kissing Hand, and he is able to go to sleep.
This sweet and decidedly unscary board book is both a light-hearted way to calm children's fears at bedtime, along with a gentle introduction to Chester


The sun is up, it's time for little Chester Raccoon to go to bed, but he is frightened by the shadows the sun is creating on the walls. Mrs. Raccoon soothes him with a Kissing Hand, and he is able to go to sleep.
This sweet and decidedly unscary board book is both a light-hearted way to calm children's fears at bedtime, along with a gentle introduction to Chester Raccoon and the Kissing Hand for the younger child. Funny illustrations will gentle the scary-looking shadows in a bedroom.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a twist on the fear-of-the-dark story, Chester Raccoon, in his first original board book, goes to bed when the sun comes up. "There's nothing to fear in the afternoon," assures his mother. But the sunlight and shadows remind him of "six foot spiders in baggy pants," a bug-eyed crocodile, and a bear. A hug and kiss from his mother finally helps him to sleep, dreaming about catching fireflies. It's a tricky thing to make broad daylight seem spooky, but readers may still see their own bedtime fears in Chester's overactive imagination. Ages 1–4. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
From the author of The Kissing Hand comes a lesson about facing fears when heading for bed. The interesting switch is that raccoons are nocturnal so they sleep during the day. We meet Chester Raccoon who, when the sun comes up, is getting ready for bed. But Chester is frightened by a ray of sun that shines through the entrance to his home (a hole in a tree). He imagines fierce crocodiles slithering near and spiders dancing on the ceiling. In the next spread he spies a giant shadow of what can only be a hungry bear. The sun continues it course and Chester is just too scared to sleep. Finally his mother comes in and reassures him that the sun is not to be feared. She kisses his hand and wishes him sweet dreams. With those words and the comforting kiss, Chester is finally able to go to sleep. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS—As Chester Raccoon nestles into his lair, he begins to imagine frightening creatures in the light that streams across his bedroom. At first, it takes on the form of a crocodile and later a pair of spiders. Like many children who see monsters in the shadows of their bedrooms, Chester becomes increasingly agitated as he tries to sleep. Soon, his mother comes to assure him that there is nothing to fear. Just as she reassured him in The Kissing Hand (Child Welfare League of America, 1993), she kisses Chester's palm to soothe his worries. The ink and watercolor illustrations are realistic and reassuringly expressive. Chester's nonthreatening bedtime imaginings are silly enough that young readers' own slumbers will not be interrupted. Designed for younger children, this board book features rounded corners, rhyming couplets, and a simpler text than the earlier books in the series. It should find an audience in most public libraries.—Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ

Product Details

Tanglewood Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
Kissing Hand Series
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Barnes & Noble
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File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Audrey Penn is the author of the NY Times bestseller, The Kissing Hand, and its sequels, along with a middle reader series, the Blackbeard quartet. A former ballerina, Audrey takes her one-woman educational program into schools, libraries, and children's hospitals, where she shapes and refines her story ideas in partnership with kids. A long-time resident of the Washington, DC area, she is a sought-after speaker for groups of teachers and other professionals who work with children.
Award winning illustrator Barbara Leonard Gibson has been a freelance artist in the Baltimore-Washington area for 25 years. Oringally from New York, and with a degree in Fine Art and Design from Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked extensively in many areas, including historical illustration, children's books and magazines, cartooning, portraiture, wildlife illustrations, natural sciences, advertising, fantasy, and science fiction. This is her fifth collaboration with Audrey Penn, with whom she has tea every Thursday afternoon.

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A Bedtime Kiss for Chester Raccoon 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
It is always so wonderful for readers, parents, children, librarians, and educators, when they see the fact that children's books are STILL a wonderment in the making. There are authors and illustrators who STILL combine their forces to create imagination, beauty and happiness that 'draws' children in to the power of books (instead of the power of text messaging, or something equally as silly). Chester Raccoon is a character that all children will relate to. Why? Because this is a story that focuses on an issue every child (not to mention every adult) suffers from every once in a while. Chester is a young raccoon who simply wants to take a nap, but because of his glorious and unending imagination, he sees the bright spot of sunlight coming through the hole in his tree as a 'wicked' thing. In that sun - as it moves throughout the daytime - Chester sees crocodiles, bears, and more in the shadows that the sun makes across the floor. Not to mention - the sun DOES move! Which means the bright spot seems to be following Chester at times, just waiting to 'get him.' Who is the savior? Who is the person who you love most in your heart that will come and conquer those crocodiles and make you feel better? Exactly! As all readers know, that person is the valiant parent who gives you that ultimate hug and kiss and makes all the bad creatures go away. This book teaches imagination and beauty; finding the fantastical in the shadows. AND it is one of those incredible stories that teaches the love of a family and how love and peace can make all the 'bad stuff' disappear! Quill Says: A great read with precious illustrations!
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
A BEDTIME KISS FOR CHESTER RACCOON By Audrey Penn Illustrated by Barbara L. Gibson It's time for Chester Raccoon to go to bed, but the shadows created by the sun are scaring him. When Chester's mom tells there is nothing to fear from the sunlight she gives him a kiss, Chester is then able to fall asleep and dream. A Bedtime Kiss for Chester Raccoon shows the power of a mother's love. She is able to soothe and quiet the fears of her children with her love and caring words. The delightful illustrations bring the story to life for even the youngest of listeners. This is a wonderful bedtime story that will chase away the monsters before they have a chance to come out and play. Digital Advanced Reader edition provided by publisher for review purposes.
KidLitWriter More than 1 year ago
What child has not feared monsters under the bed? Chester Raccoon is no different. When he goes to bed in the afternoon, the sun is up, and it throws shadows against the floor and walls of his bedroom. Chester thinks these shadows are animals that could harm him. He cannot go to sleep, just as your child cannot when the monster fear arises. Mrs. Raccoon gives Chester a gentle kiss. This simple reminder that he is loved, helps Chester calm his fears and sleep. This board book will help little ones who fear those monsters, but they will not fear the book. The scary animals in Chester's room are not at all scary. The spiders have smiles and look silly in the outfits they wear. This story will gently help your child deal with the monsters in his room without scaring or causing more demons. It is also a great way to introduce Chester Raccoon into your child's story time. They will love all Chester and his pals. The illustrations are soft and gentle, just like the story. Chester Raccoon is cute and lovable. A Bedtime Kiss for Chester Raccoon is a wonderful bedtime story for the younger set.
mommybooknerd More than 1 year ago
This book is an adorable tale about a little raccoon who is afraid of the daylight (since that he is when he goes to bed) and how his mother makes him feel so much better by giving him very special bedtime kiss. I loved this book so much as did both my sons. This could become a new nighttime favorite.