An Awesome Book of Love!

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Exuberant art, fresh rhymes unabashedly celebrate love.

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Educational Value

A good introduction to poetry, which in this case is extremely lively, original, and clever.

Positive Messages

You can't get more positive than this book! It celebrates not only the feeling of love, but also the amazing gift of finding a kindred spirit and the uniqueness of those we love. "That spirit inside you/ Is truly astounding .../ And when I'm beside You/ I'm leaping and bounding/ So proud/ I can hardly/ Contain my heart pounding."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lots of enthusiastic creatures helping paint and  act out messages of love.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that An Awesome Book of Love! is the third book in a series, following An Awesome Book! and An Awesome Book of Thanks! It's exuberant, fun, silly, and wise as it tackles a big issue: the wonder of love. And the colorful, kid-like art works perfectly.

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What's the story?

Author Dallas Clayton was a self-publishing phenom with his first effort, The Awesome Book, earning him fans worldwide and a publishing deal with Harper for this one. AN AWESOME BOOK OF LOVE! focuses with great enthusiasm on that most universal of emotions: love.

Is it any good?

Clever, imaginative verse (in capital block letters) mixes with playful, colorful, kid-style illustrations in a celebratory attempt to capture the amazing nature and diverse qualities of love. You can't help but be swept up in the fun, passion, and grandness of it all, with a cast of animals, fish, and n fuzzy monsters jumping and dancing on every spread, enlivened hearts and rainbows. The art isn't sophisticated, but the freewheeling look is as inviting as a kid's drawing.

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For kids who love love and romance

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