All the Things I Love About You

In this sweet picture book a mother recalls all of the things she loves about her rambunctious son. The adorable illustrations add an element of humor, such as when the phrase “I love how you eat” is accompanied by illustrations of the little boy making a huge mess, refusing spinach, and spilling his food. This is clearly a parent who adores her child in all of his moods, both loving and frustrating.

I usually do not enjoy sentimental stories, but this one hits just the right note, managing to be touching without becoming saccharine. The excellent illustrations, done by author LeUyen Pham, are certainly a large part of the book’s charm. The author/illustrator, who has two sons of her own, is clearly familiar with the wide range of facial expressions and body language that toddlers and preschoolers are capable of creating.

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