An imaginative entry in the I’ll-love-you-forever category.
Books that explore a parent’s love for their child are a dime a dozen and feature characters that range from cartoon people to cuddly, round-faced forest animals and everything in between. The language is usually either straightforward or poetic and lyrical. This title offers an unusual variation. Rhyming verses tell readers they’ll be loved until the scenarios described come to pass, and these grow more and more fantastical as the book progresses: “I will love you till the ants march in / wearing tiny ant hats and tiny ant grins / and birthday cake crumbs on their tiny ant chins. / I will love you till the ants march in.” Till “the cows come home” (from Mars), “the yaks come back” (from a snack run), “the sheep set sail,” “the wolves return” (from a hot air balloon trip), “the frogs ride past” (“on big-wheeled bikes”), “the deer dance by” (wearing top hats), and “the geese flap down,” and even beyond that, this child will be loved. The ending is a perfect bedtime complement, adding in the moon, sleeping animals, and frogs strumming violins. Litten’s mixed-media digital illustrations play up the silly situations, while the muted, blue-dominant palette will keep them from winding kids up too much before bed.
In a crowded genre, this zany title is out standing in its field—along with the cows. (Picture book. 3-8)