Sunday, April 21, 2019

Review - Love the World

Love the World
by Todd Parr
Date: 2013
Publisher: Sky Pony
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

A celebration of love, respect, peace, and unity by bestselling author and illustrator Todd Parr.

Love your grin. Love your skin.
Love the bees. Love the trees.
Love giving a hand. Love taking a stand.

What the world needs now is love--and who better than Todd Parr to share a message of kindness, charity, and acceptance. Touching upon themes including self-esteem, environmentalism, and respect for others, Todd uses his signature silly and accessible style to encourage readers to show love for themselves and all the people, places, and things they encounter.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Meh. While I like the message and the text isn't bad at all, the illustrations really killed my enjoyment of this one. I've seen better. I've done better myself. In fact, I think I've drawn figures like this as quick little sketches to try out a software's drawing features. The illustrations are just too simple, gaudy, and childish. Had the text been accompanied by beautiful watercolours or something, this could've been a stellar book.

As it is, though, it's not something I'd ever want to pick up again... or inflict on anyone else.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: 3/5
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 1/5
Originality: 2/5

Enjoyment: 2/5

Overall: 2.29 out of 5

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