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SUPERLOVE by Charise Mericle Harper


by Charise Mericle Harper ; illustrated by Mark Chambers

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Dec. 23rd, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-375-86923-5
Publisher: Knopf

Dressed in pink and with hair in pigtails, a girl declares herself “Superlove” and determines to marry her pet cat off to her toy dog as her first official act.

Superlove believes she has the power to make love and a wedding happen at her will. Unfortunately, her pet cat, Pinky, is less than interested in becoming a bride. Still, nothing will stand in Superlove’s way—she wants to be “a real, live flower girl.” She gets to work hanging ribbons, decorating with flowers and creating an altar for the bride and groom. But when it comes time for the big wedding, Pinky has taken refuge in a tree and refuses to participate. Attempts to coax and bribe with food yield nothing. Superlove’s shouts of frustration bring Mommy outside to see what is happening. Mommy does not have a way to make Pinky get married, but she brings Daddy outside instead. “Daddy and I can get married, and this time you can be there, too.” In front of an audience of well-dressed stuffed animals, buzzing bees and fluttering butterflies, Superlove enjoys the wedding as a “super perfect” flower girl.

Satisfactory though slim and with a predictably pat ending, this confection from Harper and Chambers will appeal to all who dream of being in a wedding. (Picture book. 3-6)