Whatever you are doing drop it and go buy this book. It’s called Love written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Loren Long, and you can get it HERE!
This is an absolutely glorious picture book released just in time for Valentine’s Day and it tells the beautiful story of what love is and where it comes from. And really, it does cover love in multiple terms. The book evokes the mind’s image of love in nature, in the small actions of people around us, of parental love and of friendship. It tugs at the heart strings and reminds us that if we just look around us, love is everywhere.
Honestly it’s been a bad week for my family, and I needed a little reminder that life is often as beautiful as it is sad, reading this book was a great way to remember that, and to remember that love is all around.
De la Peña is well known for his multiple titles in children’s and YA fiction (Last Stop on Market Street won the Newberry and is a well known read), and this is another of his masterpieces. It would be remiss of me not to also mention Loren Long, whose amazing illustration brings this book to a colourful life. I have it on good authority from a fellow librarian who attended this week’s Bookworm Festival in Houston (read Cate Expectations’ post about it here), where de la Peña and Long were key note speakers, that this book was Long’s first published attempt to embark on using print making (making individual panels… INDIVIDUAL PANELS PEOPLE) over his traditional medium of pencils / paints/ etc. De la Peña saw Long’s beautiful work and even adjusted the story to fit illustrations. How cool is that?
Check out this wonderful book. My library got a copy nice and early, and it was off the shelf in the time it took me to blink.