My cousin Hayley and I share many sensibilities that don’t exactly fit with popular opinion. Here’s one: neither of us like the popular children’s book Guess How Much I Love You. Remember the one with the Nutbrown Hares comparing how much they loved each other? Yeah, that one. Every time we read that book to our kids, we felt sorry for Little Nutbrown Hare, whose love was continually one-upped by Big Nutbrown Hare. It’s enough to give a hare a complex, really.
Such is the backstory which explains why I appreciate the new picture book I Love You More by Laura Duksta. The story’s simple: a mother answers her son’s question: How much do you love me? The lovely twist, however, is if you flip the book upside down, you get the same story told by the son to his mother. Such a simple idea, but so much more satisfying in tone and message than the unfortunate Nutbrown Hare tale.
Win it! I have a copy of I Love You More to pop into the mail to…one randomly chosen commenter who answers this question:
Which of your kids’ books do you find creepy or irritating?
(I can’t wait to hear your answers.)
I’ll pick a winner tomorrow at 5pm PST!