Teddy, Let's Go!
Book Reviews

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Comforting as hugging a beloved stuffed animal.

... about the unconditional love of a stuffed animal[, Teddy Let's Go!] will provide reassurance for anyone outgrowing a comfort object. Kazemi’s illustrations are tenderly rendered in pencil and soft, smudgy pastel and rely on a mix of panels and spreads; these cozy scenes will hold the attention of even the youngest readers. 

—Kirkus Reviews

This is a beautiful book that young children - and parents - will definitely relate to. It touched my heart [...] I love that author Nott shows us how kindness and compassion can be practiced by young children - and the glorious illustrations of Nahid Kazemi will keep readers and listeners engaged and turning the beautiful pages of this wonderful story.  

— Vivian Kirkfield

picture book author

Teddy, Let's Go by Michelle Nott, is a beautiful story in many ways. My, the main character not only has a stuffed teddy bear, but a handmade one from her grandmother. This gift of love travels with My everywhere and helps her navigate all kinds of early life challenges such as eating vegetables and going to school. Over time, she relies on Teddy's support and love less and less, after all, she is growing up little by little. But... she realizes everything Teddy has given her to help her feel loved can be shared with someone else, her new baby brother. Teddy's love and support can be cherished twice in this beautifully illustrated story.

—Tina Shepardson

picture book author

This is such a beautiful story. It feels warm, snuggly, calm and gentle throughout – perfect for bedtime reading with little ones. It has an old-world charm about it partly due to the story being written from the perspective of a teddy bear, hand-sewn by a loving Grandma, and cherished by a child. The readers journeys with the Teddy, through life’s little challenges, learning to eat, going to school and making friends, going to camp and learning to be independent. As the child grows they both realizes someone else (the child’s baby brother) may need the love Teddy offers too and we watch as Teddy is lovingly passed on and embraced by a new generation. The illustrations are as gentle and lyrical as the text. They are drawn in soft, pillow-y, pastels which almost feels dreamlike at time adding to the gentle nature of the book. The reader is ‘carried’ through the story by the words and pictures much like Teddy is carried by her owners. 

—Pippa Chorley

picture book author

This beautiful book will tug at your heart...told from the point of view of a Teddy Bear who loves life with his girl. As the years go on, their relationship grows and changes, until the lovely conclusion that comes full circle and shows the power of connection and love. The stunning illustrations perfectly complement the lyrical text. I recommend for home, school, and library connections, and as a gift for a new baby.

—Melissa Stoller

picture book author