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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
N.D. Byma’s It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Soon is a children’s book that centers around a little boy named Eddie and his mother. The narrative of the son is non-rhyming but there are some areas that do rhyme when the mother speaks. It’s a beautiful message. The dialogue feels very honest and real as opposed to other children's books. This book won’t dumb down your child in any way, and I appreciate that so much. The illustrations have a life all their own and are colorful, giving you a heart-warming sort of feeling that perfectly matches with the story as a whole.
Author N.D. Byma reached right into my being and touched my soul with his children’s book, It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Soon. In only twenty-six beautifully illustrated pages, the author managed to make me cry quite quickly and that’s somewhat difficult. When I first saw the title, I had a feeling that this book was really something quite special, and it was. But it was even more special than I expected it to be. The colors of the illustrations by illustrator Baylee Mastrud are vibrant and make a beautiful but silent “pop” sound, if you can imagine that with me.
You really connect with the two characters that the book centers around, that being the mother and the son. I really liked that even though the father was mentioned earlier on, the book focused on the mother’s relationship with her son. This shows that even though there are two parents, we can have our own particular bond with one, and another bond with the other; they don’t have to be so intertwined and the same. This book will prepare you and your children for the times ahead that are unavoidable, but how fleeting those in between moments can be.