I Already Know I Love You Library Edition

I Already Know I Love You Library Edition

by Billy Crystal, Elizabeth Sayles
     
 

Based on the author's own experience, I Already Know I Love You describes the cavalcade of feelings that comes with being a grandfather for the very first time. Beginning with anticipating the new baby's arrival, this book celebrates all the moments, great and small, that a new grandpa is ready to share. Whether it's taking a nap together or rooting for the

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Based on the author's own experience, I Already Know I Love You describes the cavalcade of feelings that comes with being a grandfather for the very first time. Beginning with anticipating the new baby's arrival, this book celebrates all the moments, great and small, that a new grandpa is ready to share. Whether it's taking a nap together or rooting for the Yankees, this grandpa just can't wait. Lush and dreamy pastels complement the heartfelt text, and together they celebrate all the joy a brand-new baby brings to the world.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - 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
Celebrity books seems to be the rage at the moment—Jay Leno, Duchess Sarah York, Julie Andrews, Jamie Lee Curtis, Seinfeld and now Billy Crystal. While the message in this one is heartfelt, the rhyming versus 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, 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 it in a picture book with mediocre rhyme is not wonderful. Given the author's fame, the book will undoubtedly sell out its print run, but I don't think it will be a book that will stand the test of time. 2004, HarperCollins, Ages 18 mo. to 4.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal - 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060593926
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/13/2004
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.36(w) x 10.28(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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