Friday, August 7, 2015

Xs and Os for Gabby Ann by Petrell Marie Ozbay

Title: Xs and Os for Gabby Ann
Author: Petrell Marie Ozbay
Pages: 32
Year: 2015
Genre: Children’s Illustrated
Publisher: Mascot Books
Format: Digital copy (available in hardcover)
Note: I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     Gabby Ann loves kisses and hugs. They are the BEST part about bedtime. There is nothing like an extra kiss and a hug – an X and an O – from her mommy before the lights go out. But, what about Gabby’s daddy? He works on the other side of the world, at least a million miles away. So, how are his kisses and hugs going to reach her? When will they get there? What if they get lost along the way?

     Join the Xs and Os on a lively, global adventure as they find their way to Gabby Ann, helping children to realize the boundless and powerful spirit of a parent’s love.

     10% of the net profit from every book sold will benefit the Operation Purple Camp Programs of the National Military Family Association.

My review:

     I requested this book from NetGalley because the cover is darling. I loved little Gabby Ann the moment I saw her. She is tightly hugging her teddy bear so I knew she was going to be a girl after my own heart. I still have stuffed teddy bears and I still hug them often. Then when I read the “about the book” information my initial feelings about her were confirmed. What can be better than an extra kiss and hug? (In fact I still ask my husband for an extra kiss when we are going to bed.)
     This is an absolutely adorable children’s book.

     In fact this is one of the cutest children’s books that I’ve seen come out in a really long time. The writing style is very sweet and simple. The story just flows. The key lines, “We’re Xs and Os, sent for the night. We’re kisses and hugs, to help Gabby sleep tight” rhyme beautifully and roll off the tongue.

     The illustrations are wonderful. They are crisp and clear. Gabby looks darling and the expressions on her face are great.

     I loved this book so much that after reading the digital copy I had to go and buy a print copy so that I can read it over and over again. I hope my grandchildren don’t get too tired of it. I am HIGHLY recommending it and giving it a rating of 10 stars. Who cares what the standard is. This is my blog and I can rate things however I want to.

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