An Awesome Book of Love!

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When Dallas Clayton wrote An Awesome Book! for his son, everything changed. A self-published sensation, Dallas has visited schools and stores across the United States, hand-selling his book one kid at a time. An Awesome Book of Love!, his heartwarming follow-up, explores the many faces of love. This book is a perfect gift for Valentine's Day—or really for any day you'd like to tell someone special how much you care.

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Overview

When Dallas Clayton wrote An Awesome Book! for his son, everything changed. A self-published sensation, Dallas has visited schools and stores across the United States, hand-selling his book one kid at a time. An Awesome Book of Love!, his heartwarming follow-up, explores the many faces of love. This book is a perfect gift for Valentine's Day—or really for any day you'd like to tell someone special how much you care.

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Publishers Weekly
Clayton’s companion to The Awesome Book! is an exclamatory love poem (“I love you so much/ I would scream it from mountains/ And dance like a fool in/ the coldest town fountains”). Quirky drawings in rainbow shades have a psychedelic edge (a purple bear with hearts blasting from its chest could have stumbled off of a Grateful Dead album cover), while the verse might have been sampled from indie rock: “Sometimes it’s a whisper/ when you feel you could shout/ or just being around/ when the others have gone/ or about/ letting go/ when you want to hold on.” Peculiar creatures frolic throughout—an elephant parachutes from a plane, a robot embraces a dinosaur—creating a fresh and lightly irreverent backdrop for Clayton’s earnest verse. Ages 4–8. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Suzanne Javid
"If I was a dinosaur and you were a jet, there's a chance, a good chance, that we'd never have met." So starts the story of the awesomely big concept of love. This picture book is lively, original and clever with colorful, humorous and inviting illustrations. As the author states, love is a very big idea and a very powerful feeling. However, it may take more than one reading to fully understand the message and its intended audience. It certainly is for special someones. But, for whom? Children? Adults? Spouses? Parents? All of them? Some of them? Except for the first few pages, the story is too abstract for beginning readers and after the first few pages it lacks punctuation. Even its snappy rhymes do not make up for the question of intended audience. Librarians and teachers may be able to use this book or pages from it as a resource for creative writing. It may be better to read this to emerging readers to support them in the rhymes and abstract ideas. This title is the third in the "Awesome Book" series by Dallas Clayton and follows An Awesome Book and An Awesome Book of Thanks. Reviewer: Suzanne Javid
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—In this follow-up to An Awesome Book (HarperCollins, 2012), Clayton's feel-good message continues. Rhyming verse explores matters of the heart, from effusive proclamations like "I love you so much/I would scream it from mountains/and dance like a fool in/the coldest town fountains," to reflective moments of "Letting go/when you want/to hold on." Some of the sentiments lean toward the trite ("You're you/and I'm me/and we're as together/as together can be"). Exuberant pen-and-ink illustrations feature robots hugging dinosaurs and entwined scarves that look like snakes. With its cacophony of hand-lettered, uppercase text and busy backgrounds covered in flowers and rainbows, this book is indeed passionate, if not a bit overwhelming.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062116666
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/26/2012
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 151,058
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 10.64 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

My name is Dallas Clayton. I used to be a unicorn, but now I write kids' books. I wrote this book and drew the pictures. I hope you like it.

My name is Dallas Clayton. I used to be a unicorn, but now I write kids' books. I wrote this book and drew the pictures. I hope you like it.

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  • Posted February 17, 2013

    I am so pleased to have recieved this book and want to buy all I

    I am so pleased to have recieved this book and want to buy all I can to share with my special friends,
    . Thanks Dallas for making this world a bit brighter. that goes for all your books, I love tham all.

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