I Love You Too

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"Ziggy Marley in Concert" was awarded a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album!

"A sweetly affectionate ode to togetherness and love."
Publishers Weekly

"Lyrics inspired by an exchange with Marley’s 3-year-old daughter are set to bright paintings of a multicultural cast of children and adults enjoying each other's company indoors and out...The art will draw and hold young children’s attention."
Kirkus Reviews

"Sure to be a hit at bedtime, ...

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Overview

"Ziggy Marley in Concert" was awarded a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album!

"A sweetly affectionate ode to togetherness and love."
Publishers Weekly

"Lyrics inspired by an exchange with Marley’s 3-year-old daughter are set to bright paintings of a multicultural cast of children and adults enjoying each other's company indoors and out...The art will draw and hold young children’s attention."
Kirkus Reviews

"Sure to be a hit at bedtime, the lyrical story conveys the sweet, soothing, and affirming message."
School Library Journal

"An inspiring storybook edition of the lyrics of famous reggae performer Ziggy Marley...song lyrics are surrounded and set in warm, vivid illustrations of children of many hues, laughing and playing with loving parents and grandparents in a healthy, light, balanced natural world."
Midwest Book Review

"Orly Marley, 42, adores the tale husband Ziggy wrote for daughter Judah, 9."
US Weekly, Objects of Affection mention

"The illustrations are simply stunning...But even more than the gorgeous illustrations is the wonderful message that this book conveys—that families and friends will always love each other."
The Mama Games

Released simultaneously with Ziggy Marley’s new album, Fly Rasta.

A debut children's book by reggae icon Ziggy Marley with illustrations by Ag Jatkowska.

A beautifully illustrated, multicultural children's picture book based on one of Ziggy Marley's most beloved songs, "I Love You Too." The book explores a child's relationship with parents, nature, and the unstoppable force of love. This is Ziggy's first book, though his foray into children's music is extensive and very well known. He is the singer of "Believe in Yourself," the popular theme song of the hit TV show, Arthur.

From the introduction by Ziggy Marley:

"One day I was in my kitchen making breakfast with my then three-year-old daughter Judah. She looked at me and said, 'I love you.' I spontaneously replied to her, 'I love you too.' From that came the song and now the book based on the lyrics. I hope you share and enjoy this with your loved ones as I have with mine. I love you too."

*A coproduction of Akashic Books and Tuff Gong Worldwide

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/28/2014
The lyrics to reggae artist Marley's Emmy-winning song, featured in the animated series 3rd & Bird, are presented with Jatkowska's smudgy, jewel-toned illustrations in the musician's first picture book. Three children—black, brown, and white—are seen spending time together and with their parents. A father with spiky, sandy hair shares breakfast with his pigtailed daughter at the kitchen table: "When you tell me that you love me,/ this is what I'm gonna say," writes Marley before a page turn shows the same pair hugging in view of a vibrant green tree where two brightly colored birds are nuzzling: I love you too, I love you too, I love you." Subsequent pages depict the children fully engaged in nature, observing friendly fish underwater, bees buzzing around their hive, love-struck earthworms, and more; seasons pass, too, bringing the birth of a new sibling for one of the children and the arrival of Christmas. The repetitiveness of the chorus makes this book a more satisfying sing-aloud than a read-aloud, but it's a sweetly affectionate ode to togetherness and love all the same. Ages 1–up. (Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-17
Lyrics inspired by an exchange with Marley's 3-year-old daughter are set to bright paintings of a multicultural cast of children and adults enjoying each other's company indoors and out. The Emmy-winning song is already available on recordings and as an app, and it's better suited to those formats. Here, without the music, the experience is primarily visual, since the lyrics are largely repetitions of the chorus—"I love you, I love you too. / I tell you, I love you"—interspersed with variations on "Like the fish loves the sea. // Like the honey and the bee" or "When you smile, I'll smile along. / When you cry, my comfort comes." Reflecting both the imagery and the warm intimacy of adjacent lines, three children and their parents (babies, grandparents and others put in cameos) in various combinations play together, sit at meals, observe birds and smiling worms, decorate a holiday tree or simply embrace lovingly in Jatkowska's illustrations. A note on Marley's charitable organization, Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment, follows the text. The art will draw and hold young children's attention, but the words hang together better when sung rather than spoken. (Picture book. 3-6)
School Library Journal
06/01/2014
PreS—Inspired by a conversation with his three-year-old daughter while making breakfast, Marley wrote a song, the lyrics of which grace the pages of this book. The chorus repeats, "I love you too, I love you too./I tell you, I love you./I love you too, I love you too./I love you." The words and accompanying bright and cheerful illustrations show the various types of love young children have in their lives. The book depicts a multicultural cast of characters, and children will see families like theirs playing in a park, drawing pictures with friends, and decorating the Christmas tree. Sure to be a hit at bedtime, the lyrical story conveys the sweet, soothing, and affirming message.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga Public Library System, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617753107
  • Publisher: Akashic Books
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 88,307
  • Age range: 1 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ziggy Marley is a devoted father and husband, a multiple Grammy Award winner, an Emmy Award winner (for his song “I Love You Too” in the animated series 3rd & Bird), humanitarian, singer, songwriter, producer, and reggae icon, who has released fifteen critically acclaimed albums. His early immersion in music came at age ten when he sat in on recording sessions with his father, Bob Marley. As the front man of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, he released eight best-selling albums, with such chart-topping hits as “Look Who’s Dancing,” “Tomorrow People,” and “Tumblin’ Down.” Ziggy’s first solo album, Dragonfly, was released in 2003 and was followed by two Grammy Award–winning solo albums, Love Is My Religion (Best Reggae Album) and Family Time (Best Children’s Album).

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    AMAZING! Great illustrations. Love hearing Ziggy's voice -- and

    AMAZING! Great illustrations. Love hearing Ziggy's voice -- and the full song is at the end of the ebook! Our Family loves the "Family Time" CD too!

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    Posted February 10, 2013

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    This is good

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  • Posted February 14, 2013

    Couldn't ask for a better book! This is my favorite, the message

    Couldn't ask for a better book! This is my favorite, the message is wonderful, everyone should have this book

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