Books by Barbara L. Gibson

CHESTER RACCOON AND THE ALMOST PERFECT SLEEPOVER by Audrey Penn
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"Oddly incongruent to the Kissing Hand (1993) premise—fans of the original will likely be perplexed, though it does present a familiar childhood dilemma without shaming. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Chester Raccoon faces a new childhood anxiety in the latest addition to the Kissing Hand series. Read full book review >
A KISSING HAND FOR CHESTER RACCOON by Audrey Penn
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Parents of toddlers starting school or day care should seek separation-anxiety remedies elsewhere, and fans of the original shouldn't look to this version as replacement for their page-worn copies. (Board book. 2-4)"
A sweetened, condensed version of the best-selling picture book, The Kissing Hand. Read full book review >
A COLOR GAME FOR CHESTER RACCOON by Audrey Penn
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Without developed visual characterization or effective demonstration of concept, it's best to kiss this one goodbye. (Board book. 1-3)"
It's a shame that an examination of colors can feel so drab. Read full book review >
CHESTER RACCOON AND THE BIG BAD BULLY by Audrey Penn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Unfortunately, this is sure to be requested by the many adult fans of The Kissing Hand; steer them to the likes of Helen Lester's Hooway for Wodney Wat (1999) or Anthony Browne's Willy books for kid-savvy treatment. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The author of The Kissing Hand (1993) revisits her raccoon family in this sappy and didactic tale about coping with a bully. Read full book review >