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Reviewed by Jennie More for Readers' Favorite
My Protest by Linda M Bessellieu, Jaliyah M Bessellieu-Webb, Tawana E Bessellieu, and Mehk Arshad is a children’s storybook about overcoming the traumatic experience of losing a parent. Death is a difficult experience for adults, and it can be even more challenging for children to deal with it. My Protest is a poetic and colorful children’s book that paints a lovely image of where someone goes and what they do. A little girl whose father has died imagines herself peeking into heaven, and when she does, she sees her father doing all the things he loves doing, playing his favorite sport, eating his favorite foods, and watching over her when she prays to God. Praying to God is how she can access heaven and imagine the wondrous experiences her father is having. My Protest is a perfect book for any little one who has experienced a loss to find comfort.
My Protest by Linda M Bessellieu, Jaliyah M Bessellieu-Webb, Tawana E Bessellieu, and Mehk Arshad encompasses everything that a children’s book should; it’s simple and easy to read, the moral of the story is clear, and the illustrations are colorful, bright and beautiful. The drawings depict and complement the story, giving a sense of hope and delight. Although the story deals with the death of a loved one, I felt delighted while reading it because the authors wrote it in a lighthearted and refreshing tone. It can’t be easy to write a children’s book about such a traumatic experience and maintain the joy children seek when reading, but the authors did a fantastic job at achieving a balance.