Review Copy Courtesy of Tilbury House Publishers
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Have I Ever Told You? by Shani King and Illustrated by Anna Horváth is a beautiful, kind, and amazing picture book to have in the world. It has such a simple premise – have I told you, my children, these important things you need to know? This premise, combined with questions and answers and engaging and delightful illustrations makes for a powerful, thoughtful, and memorable parent/child reading experience. By the end of the book you will have told your children so many things that they need to know, things that you hope they will always remember.
Each spread begins with the phrase, “Have I ever told you…” and goes on to talk about a wide variety of topics: that they can be anything they want to be when they grow up, that they are the most important and special people in the world to you, that you think of them when they’re not around, that they make you laugh, that they can talk to you, that there are certain ways that it is vital for them to behave and things for them to do – even when they’re difficult, and that they have so many wonderful characteristics.
The book ends with you telling them that you love them.
It’s a very sweet picture book, but still has some very funny and very lighthearted moments making my boys erupt in a fit of giggles. My kids are very active participants when I read this book to them, they couldn’t help but shout, “Yes!” and “No!” with my eldest commenting on many pages, “You tell us that All. The. Time,” or “You’ve never told us that!” or, “Really? Protecting me is the most important thing you do?”
Have I Ever Told You? is one of those books you read when you want to snuggle in with your kids a little closer before bedtime and the book to read when you want to savor these amazing moments for a little longer. It’s the book to read when your day has been full of parenting fails – as a way to tell your kids no matter how short you fall – you do love them and you are trying. It’s also a great book to read when your children have had a rough day and they need extra words of reassurance.
The illustrations are colorful and fun, elegant and silly, inclusive and diverse. You can give this book to anyone and they’ll be able to quickly and easily see themselves reflected. These comforting and joyous illustrations are a perfect blend and range of emotions that quickly capture readers’ attention and draw them in.
In this world that can be so skeptical, snarky, and scary – it’s such a breath of fresh air to have this giggly, sweet, and loving picture book at the ready. I hope you get a chance to experience this joy of a picture book with your family. It’s all things wonderful.
Where Obtained: I received a review copy from the publisher. No other compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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