Thursday, February 13, 2020

Review - A Book of Love

A Book of Love
by Emma Randall
Date: 2019
Publisher: Penguin Workshop
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

Celebrate love with this rhyming picture book featuring enchanting illustrations and poetic text!

Love and the many ways one can show it are at the heart of this sweet, charming picture book. Whether it's giving someone a big hug, offering a helping hand, or sharing words of encouragement, it's these gestures that make the world a better place to live. Emma Randall's delicate and appealing illustrations accompany delightful verses in a timeless story perfect for reading aloud with loved ones.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This book is... well, it's just okay. The sentiment is nice and some of the pages are quite charming. But the meter is questionable, some of the words are kind of trite, and there's a bit of a mismatch with some of the pictures (on one page where some kids are standing up to a bully, they're drawn looking pretty aggressive themselves, which might be confusing for some readers).

The illustrations are very colourful and bright and show a range of ethnicities. I'm not in love with the pictures. For the most part, though, they work.

I guess I was hoping for something a little more subtle and thought-provoking.

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

Enjoyment: 2/5

Overall: 2.43 out of 5

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