Friday, May 14, 2010

I love you, Stinky Face

Written by Lisa McCourt Illustrated by Cyd Moore

Children love this story, the title alone sends them into uncontrollable fits of laughter. The thing I love most about this book is the repetition of the words 'but Mama'. Everytime I have read this story to children they have loved to join in. The rhythm of the book makes it easy to read and fun for anyone listening. It is simply one of those stories that makes you say 'aww' when you have finished. 

The story begins with a mum and child cuddled up in bed. "I love you, my wonderful child' says Mama, but the child had some questions they wanted answered. What if this child was a 'big scary ape', would their mum still love them? No matter what this beautifully imaginative child thought of, Mama had an answer, often wacky and weird. It is a story of a mum's unconditional love, complimented beautifully by the illustrations. Cyd Moore has managed to draw these scary creatures in a way that you would be willing to risk life or limb to hug them. All up, it's a fun story to read and the perfect bedtime story.

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