The cover art immediately grabbed me! A teary-eyed, little girl behind a container of some sort with the words “Love You, Daddy” on it, a puppy, and a boat in the background. Initially, I don’t know if Daddy is going away on a long trip or has passed away, but the cover is making me emotional.
The opening lines are so raw and honest: “Today is not a good day. Yesterday wasn’t good, either. And tomorrow, definitely, will not be good.” I think these were my favorite sentences in the story. Then we learn that they will be saying goodbye to Daddy with a funeral.
But i don’t want to say GOODBYE is a well-written, beautifully illustrated story that honestly deals with the sadness of the death of a loved one. My eyes teared up a few times as I read through the book. The artwork shows the happy and sad feelings of the characters as they remember Daddy. Tanya Colton-Cauley did a great job with the illustrations.
The main character remembers her friends who have had to attend different types of funerals for various family members. The way the little girl and her mommy celebrate Daddy’s life was one I was not aware of before reading this book, but sounds like a lovely way to memorialize someone.
Death is a difficult topic to approach with adults, and can be increasingly more difficult with youth and children. I think Ta’Shay Mason did a great job gently approaching this challenging subject. I would not recommend this book to a preschool, but it could be given as a gift to a family mourning the loss of a loved one. This story would best be read within a family or close-friend setting and allowing, even encouraging, any tears. I will be keeping this book in mind for the future.
I have been reviewing books as a hobby since 2009. When Amazon invited me to be a Vine voice, I realized that I had a skill I should try to market. I enjoy reading and reviewing and look forward to helping other reader find a book that fits them.