Tuesday, June 28, 2016

*Review* Everywhere and All Around by Pimm van Hest

Genre: Children's Illustrated
Published: July 12, 2016
Pages: 32


Yolanda’s mom has died.
One moment she was breathing. And the next moment she wasn’t.
She was there, and yet she wasn’t.
Where could her mom be now?
“If you look for me, my darling, you will find me,”
her mom had told her.
So Yolanda decides to go looking.
Looking for her mom who died.
Along the way she gets help and insights from some wonderful people.

A poetic story about loss and about a little girl’s inspiring belief and touching confidence.


I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I thought this was a sad story about a young girl who's mother has died. This is not a book that I would have as regular reading in my house, but I believe it would be immensely useful to help children continue to feel connected to loved ones who have passed away.

I went ahead and read this book to my five year old anyway, to get her thoughts, and she said it was a good book. She didn't like the part where the stuffed bunny was hugging the girl because bunnies hop (did I mention she's five?) She liked the part of the story where the mom was close to the girl again. When asked, she said the story made her feel good (however we have not lost any people close to us, so she may not have fully understood what the story was about.)

5 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

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About the Author

After having worked as a teacher for one year, Pimm van Hest started his studies in psychology when he met his present partner. Soon it became clear they wanted to adopt a child. In 2007 their daughter Moira came into their lives. Since Moira s arrival he works at home full-time. 
Kristof Devos is a Belgium-based graphic artist who started illustrating children's books in 2013. 
van Hest and Devos are the author and illustrator of Clavis' well-received picture book "Weatherboy."

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