Books by Francesca Rusackas

DADDY ALL DAY LONG by Francesca Rusackas
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

In this equally gooey sequel to I Love You All Day Long (2002), little Owen turns to his other parent for a numerical game of "I love you this much . . . Well, I love you this much." Burris portrays a pair of chubby, dressed pigs sporting big smiles and playing together in a comfortably suburban setting, from breakfast's "I love you more than two pancakes with bananas on top," to "ONE MILLION ZILLION" bedtime kisses. Unlike Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You (1995) that started it all, this contest ends in a tie, and its rotund characters do reflect recent reports of how Americans are porking up—but it's still likely to be lost amid the current barrage of similarly themed episodes. (Picture book. 4-6)Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU ALL DAY LONG by Francesca Rusackas
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

When a little pig worries what will happen when he's away at school, his mother makes him feel better in this reassuring picture-book debut. "You should always remember this," says mother pig, "I love you when I'm with you and I love you when we're apart." " ‘That means you love me all day long!' " the child responds. Burris's illustrations are cheerful and bright; saturated colors outlined in black make the images look animated as the child goes about his day at school from morning arrival ("I love you when you make a new friend"), to lunch ("I love you when you let a burp sneak out") and recess ("I love you when you wait for your turn [on the swings]"). Even the rough spots—tripping on shoelaces, spilling juice, or getting stuck on the top of the slide—are smoothed over by mother's love. At day's end, mother and son share a bedtime story. Youngsters new to school will see themselves in little pig's experiences and be buoyed by his triumphs—no matter what, little pig keeps on trucking. Likewise, parents and caregivers will find this useful in its treatment of separation anxiety. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >