LITTLE DARLING'S BOOK OF LOVE by Algy Craig Hall

LITTLE DARLING'S BOOK OF LOVE

From the "Little Holiday Books" series
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Age Range: 2 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

By exploring the smell, taste, sound, and feel of love, a cherub and some human children offer young readers a glimpse of what love can look like.

Although the title character’s name borders on saccharine, this volume has a genuine sweetness that’s hard to resist. Certainly, it should please young children, who lack such sophisticated prejudices. Author/illustrator Hall offers up a sampling of the ways we say, “I love you,” in terms that should be accessible to the pre-K crowd. The book avoids smarminess largely on the basis of the charm of its cast of racially diverse children, wide-eyed and smiling with delight at a succession of roses, chocolates, poems, and hugs, all offered by Little Darling, who is white. The kids are adorable, each in a cozy pair of footie pajamas; the winged cherub’s are bright blue with shiny red hearts. The format is simple: “Little Darling knows the smell of love.” Turn the page, and the cherub offers a brown girl with beaded locs a bouquet of flowers. “Little Darling knows the taste of love”; a turn of the page reveals that taste to be chocolates. Poetry represents “the sound of love.” Little Darling’s preferred way to show love is hugging, making this almost a primer on the five senses. Unfortunately, perhaps, there is no mention of consent. Companion title Little Rabbit’s Easter features a brown-skinned child in a purple bunny suit rounding up a troupe of other children in animal onesies.

Appropriate for Valentine’s Day or any day. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-910716-71-7
Page count: 18pp
Publisher: Boxer Books
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2019




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