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Reviewed by Kathy Golden for Readers' Favorite
Swinging for Joy by Aishah Hight is such a wonderful story, especially the part where London confides in her dog, Joy. If you have ever had a pet or have one at present, you can relate to this kind of communication. You understand how pets pick up so much of what we feel and how they love us and want us to feel better. More than that, just confiding in someone whom we know is truly listening and truly concerned provides unique comfort. Experiencing the genuineness of this interaction makes this encounter in tune with real-life experiences.
The story captured my attention as soon as I saw London and Joy swinging together. This image, like all the ones to follow, is bold and colorful, and the print is large enough to perfectly complement the images. I really enjoy children’s books set up this way. This format allows me, as a reader, to take in the scene and the text at the same time, as opposed to having to read the prose and then flip to the next page for a related image. The illustrations by Whimsical Designs CJ do indeed give the story the visual appeal that draws readers right in. Swinging for Joy by Aishah Hight contains a beautiful kind of magic that only requires a close personal bond between London and Joy for it to make wishes come true. I won’t give that part away, but I will say that how this part of the story unfolds makes you want to see the book made into a little movie or series of movies, where you can regularly spend time with London and Joy. Thank you, Aishah Hight, for your engaging children’s book.