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I Already Know I Love You

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by Billy Crystal, Elizabeth Sayles (Illustrator)

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Grandpa can hardly wait!

Starting with the anticipation of a new baby's arrival, this book from Emmy Award-winning comedian Billy Crystal celebrates all the moments, great and small, that a new grandpa is ready to share. Whether it's taking a nap together or attending baseball games, this grandpa just can't wait for his grandchild to be born.


Grandpa can hardly wait!

Starting with the anticipation of a new baby's arrival, this book from Emmy Award-winning comedian Billy Crystal celebrates all the moments, great and small, that a new grandpa is ready to share. Whether it's taking a nap together or attending baseball games, this grandpa just can't wait for his grandchild to be born.

Editorial Reviews

Comedian Billy Crystal serves up an ode to a grandparent's love in this gentle, poetic picture book illustrated by Elizabeth Sayles. Glowing with warmly colored scenes of a man imagining special moments with his unborn granddaughter, Crystal's tale begins with an exclamation of joy -- "I'm going to be your grandpa! I have the biggest smile. I've been waiting to meet you for such a long, long while" -- and continues with similarly enthusiastic musings until the very end. Along the way, Grandpa and his sweetie-pie have fun watching "butterflies and monkeys and clown who cross their eyes," and he dreams about introducing her to the stars, the moon, and other natural wonders he wants to share. For Grandpa, movies hold a special interest ("I took your mom to her first movie. I want to take you, too. That will be a special day devoted just to you"), along with baseball and family history, interests that evidently rank high on the author's own list of favorites. But whether or not everyone shares Crystal's love of wontons or ice-cream pie, no one can fail to pick up on his message of joyful expectation. The perfect gift for both seasoned grandparents and those who are new to the game, this book provides an interesting perspective on love between the generations.
In this tender ode to his unborn grandchild, comic actor Crystal imagines all the moments they will share: "I want to feel your heart beat/as you lie upon my chest,/bait your hook, fly your kite,/help you study for a test." Sayles's dreamy pastel scenes bring these hopes to life, capturing the love and easy companionship of a grandfather and granddaughter who play, stargaze, and make a splendid mess of their spaghetti dinner. (Ages birth to 2)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2004
Publishers Weekly
Comedian Crystal's unabashedly sentimental poem to his first grandchild rather clumsily starts on the opening endpapers, where the verse begins, "I'm waiting to see you in ballet shoes or is it football pads?" and concludes, "I can't believe I'm writing this, 'cause I don't know who you are." The rhyming narrative that follows echoes this hypothetical tenor ("I'm waiting to show you everything,/ hear your giggles and your sighs,/ see butterflies and monkeys/ and clowns who cross their eyes"), as Sayles's (This Mess) softly focused, emotion-filled pastels reveal a devoted grandfather and a girl-as an infant, toddler and elementary schooler. They engage in such activities as playing in the waves, sharing a strand of spaghetti, watching a baseball game and (reinforcing the narrator's unremitting affection) enjoying a variety of hugs. The verse's rhythm and rhyme at times falter and several passages are awkward (a picture of the narrator gazing upon his newborn grandchild in a hospital nursery accompanies this text: "Your mom is my daughter,/ and your dad is his mom's son./ You lived within your mommy,/ but now the time has come./ Get ready, sweet little one-/ your life will be just great"). Yet Crystal's name and the inherent appeal of his theme should put this in the spotlight on the grandparent/baby gift bookshelf. All ages. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Celebrity books seems to be the rage at the moment; titles have been penned by Jay Leno, Sarah Ferguson (The Duchess of York), Julie Andrews, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jerry Seinfeld, and now Billy Crystal. While the message of this one is heartfelt, the rhyming verses sometimes seem a bit strained and don't always work. The shift here is an example: "I'm waiting to show you oceans / and explain why the sky is blue. / I want to show you that lying / is never as good as true." Not only is there no real connection between the concepts, but wouldn't the word "truth" have been more appropriate even though it does not rhyme with "blue"? The soft pastel illustration fit the sappy text. It is, of course, wonderful to become a grandparent and sharing that joy is also wonderful, but to do so in a book with a mediocre rhyming scheme is not wonderful. Given the author's fame, the book has been converted from a picture book to a board book, but I don't think it is a book that will stand the test of time. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-K-As a grandfather-to-be anticipates the birth of his grandchild, he expresses excitement for all of the special moments and activities he can't wait to share: bear hugs, the ocean, a Yankees game, a movie. The rhyming text is basic and yet effective. Crystal manages to come across as sincere rather than sappy so that the special nature of this intergenerational relationship shines through. As the narrator imagines the future, the soft pastel art depicts the baby nestled snuggly in Grandpa's arms. Other pictures show the wide-eyed red-headed child getting older, her grandpa and a fuzzy stuffed monkey by her side. The longevity and importance of this family relationship is thus visually supported and celebrated. After readers see and hear about all of the enjoyable events that will occur, the book comes full circle and ends with the birth of the child, "Get ready, little sweet one-/your life will be just great./I'm going to be your grandpa, and-/I can hardly wait."-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Another celebrity author misses his audience. Undistinguished soft pastels help to tell the rhyming story that begins by depicting a graying man listening at the bulging womb of a young woman (his daughter) and stating, "I'm going to be your grandpa!" Picture-book readers will not identify with the adult perspective and the logic of activities, which has the child sliding into bases and later reverting to bouncing on Grandfather's knee. Young readers will also have difficulty relating to the idea that grandfather is waiting as the baby (sometimes a boy and sometimes a girl, sometimes big and sometimes little) is already in the pictures. And the rhymes are just atrocious. A much better choice would be Harriet Ziefert's Waiting for Baby (1998). (Picture book. 4-8)
Child magazine
“A tender ode…capturing the love and easy companionship of a grandfather and granddaughter.”
Child Magazine
"A tender ode…capturing the love and easy companionship of a grandfather and granddaughter."

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HarperCollins Publishers
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9.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Tony Award-winning comedian, director, actor, and author Billy Crystal is just as importantly a grandfather. He charmed children and grown-ups alike as the voice of Mike Wazowski in Monsters, Inc. and starred in the hilarious movies Analyze This and City Slickers and He recently set box-office records with his smash Tony Award-winning one-man show on Broadway, 700 Sundays. The father of two grown daughters, Jennifer and Lindsay, Billy Crystal lives with his wife, Janice, in California.

Elizabeth Sayles, a well-known illustrator of children's books, is also an adjunct professor of illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She enjoyed working on this book because she could finally use her daughter as a model, and because she liked the way Mikele sees the world around her in imaginative ways.

Elizabeth Sayles lives in Valley Cottage, New York.

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I Already Know I Love You 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In I Already Know I Love You, you get a loving peek into the thoughts of a grandparent who imagines all the interactions with a yet unborn grandchild. The book is a heart-warming example of unconditional love at it's best. I picked this up originally out of curiousity over the author, Billy Crystal, but now have come to appreciate the book on it's contents.
Baby_Kiki More than 1 year ago
The first time I ever read this book, I could not get over how many emotions took over me. It reminded me so much of the relationship I have with my dad. As his only girl, and my Pop-Pop's youngest granndaughter, I know the bond between a father and daughter, and a Grandpa (Pop-Pop, Poppy, Gramps, or whatever his special name is) and his granddaughter. If and when I ever get pregnant down the road, I plan to present this book to my father, as my way of telling him he's going to be a Pop-Pop of his own!
gram09 More than 1 year ago
A sweet book for Grampa to give to the newborn. We gave it at the bby shower.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In this short board book by award winning actor, author, and comedian Billy Crystal, a grandfather eagerly awaits the arrival of his granddaughter. Told in simple rhyme, we read along as grandpa anticipates meeting this new daughter of his daughter's.

From the joy of that first moment of seeing a new grandbaby, to the excitement of teaching her to fish, fly a kite, tie her shoes, and taking her to see her first movie, the anticipation and love shine through bright and clear.

This would be the perfect gift for any soon-to-be grandfather, or a book simply to be enjoyed by young children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought it today for my daughters first mothers day, her baby is due is August. My daughter is 19 years old and unmarried and the babies father is not involved. The pregnecy has been very hard for me and my husband to accept. This book put into words what we could not express outselves - I already know I love you.
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Mol More than 1 year ago
The book is well written and comes from the heart. I recommend this to anyone with a grandchild!
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My father gave this to my daughter for her 1st Christmas. It shows the excitement a grandfather has to see his granddaughter. It took me several times to read through the book to not choke up. I read it to her all the time and plan to read it in the many years to come.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I just happened to notice this book as I was walking through Barnes and Noble bookstore. I am expecting my first child, a girl, in April. This will be my father's first grandchild. As a gift, for him to welcome her into his life, I bought this book for him. It brought tears to my eyes when I read it! It includes so many memories that I shared with my dad, that I hope he and my daughter will share together also!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Billy touches your brains and heart is a special way that makes you think deep. Love this book and Billy's use of words.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How can a Grandparent NOT love this book? It's perfect in describing the euphoria involved when your child gives birth to her own child. For my daughter, this was her third child; each one being a very special boy. The book expresses the feelings, the hopes and dreams, that a grandparent wants to convey to his new grandchild. It matters not whether the child is a girl or boy, its truly the capturing of the world that is yet to be for both. The book is a special gift, the child is a special gift; life is good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter who moved from Chicago with her husband to New Mexico gave me this book on Christmas Day when she told us she was exspecting our first grandchild. I am a old Marine from many years ago and I try to be strong with anything in my life and family but I had tears in my eyes after reading this book. I know it would be hard on my daugther being so far away during this wonderful time of her life but I will read this book many times until we visit our daugther and our new grandchild in New Mexico and I will enjoy it everytime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am expecting my first child, a girl, in July. When I stumbled upon this book on the Barnes and Noble website, I read the book overview and thought it would make a great gift to give my father this year for father's day. I got the book today and was moved to tears at the beautiful words and illustrations. It reminds me of the very special relationship I have with my father as well as the thoughts and feelings he must be experiencing as he anticipates the arrival of his newest grandaughter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was a good description of the bond that occurs between a grandparent and grandchild before the baby is born. Parents and children may not appreciate it without the presence of a grandparent. But for a grandparent reading this book to his/her grandchild, it can be a delightful experience. It can help to build and improve this improtant family bond.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was perfect for grandparents. It is sweet and endearing. Sometimes it is not about the rhymes and more about the message. I would recommend it for Father's Day!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yet one more children¿s book that would have never been published without a famous name attached to the title. When reading it I felt as though it had been written in a day. The rhymes were contrived with no originality. The illustrations boring¿but with this text to deal with how much can you expect? Unfortunately it will be a best seller and publishers will continue to publish anything by a celebrity knowing it will sell.