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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
Hiba Shublak’s Where is Bejou? is a children’s picture book that has a sweet-natured narrative throughout. It focuses on a little girl who is searching for her beloved dog Bejou and comes across a variety of other creature characters that point her in the direction of her dog’s path. There are also one-liners at the end of each page that tell readers about something in the picture, what a certain flower or bug may mean. I feel children, as well as adults, will really respond to this. The illustrations are whimsical. Several people participated in the creation of the overall concept, illustrations, and background including the author Hiba Shublak, Sam Vest, and Pamela Rodil.
Where is Bejou? by Hiba Shublak tugged at my heartstrings. After a few pages, I was crying from sadness, but also joy. Shublak was able to really find a way to make the passing of a loved one feel beautiful and not an ending, but more like a “see you again, when it’s your time.” I wish I had had this book when I was a child. Even if you don’t have pets, I would highly recommend Hiba Shublak’s Where is Bejou? It works on many levels of loss, and I truly think it’s something that children will be able to comprehend, and will make it less scary for them when or if that day has already come.