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All the Things I Love about You
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All the Things I Love about You

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by LeUyen Pham
 

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There are oh so many things a mom loves about her young child. But most of all, she just loves him, no matter what.

Bestselling author and illustrator LeUyen Pham combines her experience as a mother and her proven storytelling skills in a humorous and heartfelt love letter of a book. In All the Things I Love About You, Mama lists the reasons she loves her

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There are oh so many things a mom loves about her young child. But most of all, she just loves him, no matter what.

Bestselling author and illustrator LeUyen Pham combines her experience as a mother and her proven storytelling skills in a humorous and heartfelt love letter of a book. In All the Things I Love About You, Mama lists the reasons she loves her little boy: the way his hair sticks up in the morning, the way he says "Mama" (even in the middle of the night), and the way he laughs. Simply written and beautifully illustrated, All the Things I Love About You honestly speaks to the unconditional love between a mother and her child. Children and parents alike will treasure this heartwarming book and, in reading it together, appreciate the small actions that make love grow stronger every day.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this made-for-snuggling tribute to a mother's love for her son, a hip, young mother catalogues all the things she adores in her rambunctious preschool-age son, from his bedhead to his messy habits at the dinner table. "I love how you look in pajamas," writes Pham (Bedtime for Mommy), as the boy strikes an aren't-I-adorable pose, with a blanket draped over his head. This gush, however, is quickly followed with the caveat that "getting you out of them is another story," as a series of spot images show mother and son tussling with clothing until the little boy literally streaks away. Most of the vignettes are mother-son centric, but there is a tip of the hat to the other parent, with a series of scenes paired with the text, "I love watching you play with Papa. Sometimes" (like many mothers, the narrator cringes when Dad holds their offspring upside down). In capturing the goofy spontaneity of affection and everyday family life without a whiff of treacle, Pham proves once again that she's among the most natural and gifted illustrators working today. Ages 4–8. (Dec.)
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
A young mother celebrates all that is precious about her little boy in a series of vignettes that range from tender to whimsical. Playing with Papa, the flutter of his heartbeat, the soft cuddly hugs, the sound of his laughter are some of the gentle moments with which all mothers will identify. They are countered with equally memorable, if not frustrating, times as he wiggles out of his pajamas and runs away giggling or feeding himself when more food ends up on him rather than in him. His stand-up morning hair and early morning cries for sleeping Mama will elicit smiles from parents of young children. The pen and ink drawings with a color wash on crisp white paper are full of expression and verve. Charming as this is it will appeal more to adults than children, at least the toddlers at whom it is aimed. While not exceptional, it remains a pleasant share at bedtime or naptime, or any other quiet time between mother and son. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
PreS-K—On each spread of this picture-book love story, a mother describes one of the things she loves about her preschooler, from the way his hair looks in the morning to the way he hugs. Pham uses full-page, half-page, and spot art against a white background to illustrate this familial bond. Her pen, ink, and digital art is the star here. She is such a master at conveying a full range of facial expressions and delightful comic details in her lively sketches that much of her slight text is unnecessary. Mothers will enjoy reading this to their sons, but it is not likely to become a favorite with children. It would make a lovely gift for Mother's Day or for a new mother, but it is not a first purchase for children's collections.—Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
The Mommy-loves-her-young-'un genre is so jam-packed that new entries need to really shine in order to find a place, and this one doesn't. Rhapsodizing about her young son's ways, this mother finds her boy so adorable that her first-person narration, though she addresses it directly to her son as "you," may be more likely to hit the sweet spot for doting parents than little readers. His activities—messy eating, running around naked (no frontal view), "play[ing] with Papa," hugging, laughing—are presented as simultaneously typical and precious. Some pages will amuse kids, such as the text and funny picture for"I love the way your hair looks in the morning," while others take too long a view ("I love how every day you grow just a little more...") or wax too sentimentally metaphorical ("I love the feel of your heartbeat / as if you have a butterfly fluttering in your insides") to engage tots. Illustrations feel somewhat strained, the figures' outlines too sketch-like to be anchoring but too heavy to successfully convey motion. Disappointingly bland; Pham has done much better.(Picture book. 2-4)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061990298
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/23/2010
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
655,171
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

LeUyen Pham has voted in every single presidential election since she turned eighteen. She is the author and illustrator of A Piece of Cake, All the Things I Love About You, and Big Sister, Little Sister. She has illustrated many other picture books, including the New York Times bestsellers Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio and Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore. LeUyen lives with her husband and sons in California.

LeUyen Pham has voted in every single presidential election since she turned eighteen. She is the author and illustrator of A Piece of Cake, All the Things I Love About You, and Big Sister, Little Sister. She has illustrated many other picture books, including the New York Times bestsellers Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio and Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore. LeUyen lives with her husband and sons in California.

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All the Things I Love about You 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U spelled stupid wrong
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is very stupied book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a sweet book, especially for Moms with little Boys!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was ok but stupid it had no point to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago