I LOVE YOU ALREADY! by Jory John

I LOVE YOU ALREADY!

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 8
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Duck and Bear, the early bird/night owl opposites from Goodnight Already! (2014), are back, and this time the pair are the textbook definitions of extrovert and introvert.

Just as Bear settles in for a wonderful day in his cozy chair, tea, journal, and books beside him, Duck knocks at his door to take him on a walk, whether he wants to go or not. Saying he’s busy, hiding behind a chair, and repeatedly saying “No” to Duck’s many suggestions of activities all fail. Introverts will just shake their heads at Duck’s response: “You don’t look  busy!” The pattern continues throughout the walk, Duck bringing things up, Bear responding honestly, Duck repeating himself, and Bear continually telling Duck that he already likes/loves him. Doubting Duck doesn’t get the message, though, until he falls out of a tree and Bear expresses his concern. And though he may realize that Bear loves him already, he never gets that Bear just wants some time alone. The exasperated Bear and frenetic Duck, with their delightful and easily recognizable facial expressions and gestures, can certainly be milked for a few laughs, but they are basically the same laughs as in their last outing.

Rather one-note; storytime may be lively with all the repeated phrases, but the story’s not likely to garner many rereads. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-06-237095-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2015




MORE BY JORY JOHN

ChildrenPENGUIN PROBLEMS by Jory John
by Jory John
ChildrenQUIT CALLING ME A MONSTER! by Jory John
by Jory John
ChildrenTHE TERRIBLE TWO GET WORSE by Mac Barnett
by Mac Barnett

MORE BY BENJI DAVIES

ChildrenTHE STORM WHALE IN WINTER by Benji Davies
by Benji Davies
ChildrenALSO AN OCTOPUS by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
ChildrenGRANDAD'S ISLAND by Benji Davies
by Benji Davies
ChildrenDEEP-SEA DIVER by Nosy Crow
by Nosy Crow

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenHEY, DUCK! by Carin Bramsen
by Carin Bramsen
ChildrenPETE & PICKLES by Berkeley Breathed
by Berkeley Breathed
ChildrenMR. DUCK MEANS BUSINESS by Tammi Sauer
by Tammi Sauer
ChildrenQUIT CALLING ME A MONSTER! by Jory John
by Jory John