Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Countdown 'Til Mommy Comes Home by Kristin Ayyar is a brilliant book that combines the art of storytelling and illustrations to offer ideas and insights on how to survive the painful period of waiting for a parent. So, the little boy’s Mommy must go on a trip and he doesn’t want Mommy to go; of course, he will be missing her reading and putting him to bed. But Mommy has to go, because it is her responsibility. Time will pass slowly, and the little boy may not have the patience to wait. Here is how to make time go by quickly!
The voice is warm and compassionate, and the reader is pulled in from the very opening, humorous lines: “My Mommy is going on a trip. She wants me to go with her, but I can’t fit in her suitcase.” There is a lot to love in this slim, beautiful book for children. The writing is crafted to be very accessible to kids, with cute, short sentences that follow a simple structure with popular diction. There are accompanying illustrations that are masterfully done, eye-catching, and gorgeous. Each activity comes with a telling image, and readers can easily understand what is happening by looking at the pictures. There are many lessons for both young and adult readers. In fact, the idea of how to creatively wait for a parent was new to me, but it is something that can completely change kids’ experience of parental absence. Kristin Ayyar’s Countdown 'Til Mommy Comes Home is a book that families with parents who travel often need, even those who have to leave their beloved kids every day for work.