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I ALREADY KNOW I LOVE YOU by Billy Crystal

I ALREADY KNOW I LOVE YOU

By Billy Crystal (Author) , Elizabeth Sayles (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: April 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-06-059391-1
Publisher: HarperCollins

Another celebrity author misses his audience. Undistinguished soft pastels help to tell the rhyming story that begins by depicting a graying man listening at the bulging womb of a young woman (his daughter) and stating, “I’m going to be your grandpa!” Picture-book readers will not identify with the adult perspective and the logic of activities, which has the child sliding into bases and later reverting to bouncing on Grandfather’s knee. Young readers will also have difficulty relating to the idea that grandfather is waiting as the baby (sometimes a boy and sometimes a girl, sometimes big and sometimes little) is already in the pictures. And the rhymes are just atrocious. A much better choice would be Harriet Ziefert’s Waiting for Baby (1998). (Picture book. 4-8)