In an unprecedented (but welcome!) development, Sourcebooks Publishing sent me an advance copy of I Love You More to review on my blog. I thought I should tell you that up front, but this is still my honest review of the book.
The media materials that came along with the book made me think that the book was going to be about the author’s struggles and how anything is possible with love or hippies or something. However, the book is just about a mom who loves her little son and vice versa, no worries.
I thought the structure of the book was inventive. One side shows the mom’s face holding the boy, and the story tells how much the mom loves the little boy. If you flip the book over, the other cover shows the back of the mom’s head, but the little boy’s face, and has the little boy’s perspective on how much he loves his mom. The “I love you longer than the longest lollipop ever lasted” structure is similar to other books like “I Love You, Good Night” but there’s nothing wrong with building off of a successful concept, I suppose. The illustrations are nothing special, but they aren’t awful.
The customer testimonials that also came in the media packet are impressive, so I think some people must like the book a lot more than I did. I didn’t find it to be life changing, and after a few times of reading it to Hannah, I got a little tired of it. I don’t think it’s a classic, but I don’t have any objection to it, and I am grateful to have a new book to add to our rotation.
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