A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The text includes wordplay that's most meaningful to kids learning to read and spell.
The world is safe, fun, and reassuring. Parents love kids. Friendship and playing together are rewarding. Kids of different races can play together happily. The world is full of small, magical pleasures.
Positive Role Models
The kids pictured are loving to each other and happily engaged in focused activity. They exhibit determination. They're of multiple ethnicities and shown playing together in harmony. The parent narrating the story is loving and supportive.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that I Wish You More is by the winning team Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld, who've produced lots of popular books both together (Duck! Rabbit!) and apart. The book is a list of wishes, whimsically expressed and charmingly illustrated, that a parent has for a cute, multicultural cast of kids. Some wishes are straightforward and clear: "I wish you more umbrella than rain" shows a child cozily dry in a downpour. Others are more abstract and use wordplay that might seem puzzling: "I wish you more can than knot." But all celebrate the small pleasures of childhood and the rewards of working and playing together. The book ends with the reassurance that the child is "everything I could wish for … and more."
Is It Any Good?
This is a charming "I love you" book with a twist: The love spills out in the form of a parent's wishes regarding his or her offspring. The wishes are whimsical and fun, and there's lots of wordplay: In "I wish you more WOO-HOO! than WHOA!" a little dog walker is ecstatically pulled along by her exuberant dog. Some of the wishes are more successfully communicated than others; "I wish you more umbrella and rain" and "I wish you more bubbles than bath" are clear and kid-friendly. But some are more of a reach -- for instance, puns that require a knowledge of spelling ("I wish you more can than knot" and "I wish you more hugs than ughs").
The kids are happily multiethnic, and they're focused and determined, such as the girl tying her shoe with her tongue out. And the ending sentiment, "I wish all of this for you, because you are everything I could wish for… and more," underscores the love.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.