A father’s lullaby to his young son imagines his affection in figurative language.
“If my love were an elephant, / it would stomp from tree to tree. / And if my love were a great blue whale, / it would splash across the sea.” From a rocket ship blasting off and a marching band whose drums “crash and boom” to a bucking bronco and a lion’s thundering roar, the text describes where and how this dad’s love for his son might manifest. The boldly colored mixed-media illustrations show the duo (both pale-skinned and black-haired) in each situation: knights in armor roasting marshmallows behind a shield that protects them from a dragon’s fiery breath or divers discovering a treasure chest on the ocean floor. Most of the rhymes scan well, though the text ends rather suddenly: “If my love were a firework, / it would blast long past this song. // And if my love were a big bear hug, / it would snuggle you all night long.” The visual here is much more satisfying than the words, as the two are fast asleep, smiles on their faces, child lying atop father, each with an arm around the other. Readers are likely to wish for the music to go with the verses.
An opening for parent-child pairs to use their own imaginations to see where love will take them. (Picture book. 3-7)