Cover image for Before you
Title:
Before you
Author:
Doughty, Rebecca, 1955- , author.
Publication Information:
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2016]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 24 cm
Summary:
"Celebrates how the love of another can change one's life for the better"--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780544463172
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

I was a flower with no pot
I was a polka with no dot

What did I do before you came along and changed the tune?
Through simple, yet lively text and whimsical illustration, the love from parent to child, or lover to lover, or friend to friend, is celebrated. The perfect gift for baby showers, Valentine's Day, birthdays, weddings, and beyond. Before You also works perfectly as a comforting and joyful read-aloud for parents to tuck their children into bed with. For fans of perennial favorites like I Like You and Guess How Much I Love You.


Author Notes

Rebecca Doughty is the author and illustrator of many picture books including Before You, Oh No! Time to Go!: A Book of Goodbyes and Some Helpful Tips for a Better World and a Happier Life. She has also illustrated numerous board books, gift books, and picture books, including One of Those Days by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. She lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband, poet Edison Dupree. Visit her website at: www.rebeccadoughty.com.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Doughty (Some Tips for a Happier World and a Better Life) eloquently deploys a string of metaphors, first to highlight a sense of feeling incomplete ("I was a flower with no pot./ I was a polka with no dot") and then to describe the satisfaction and happiness that come with finding one's perfect pair ("I had a cup, you brought the tea./ I had a boat, you brought the sea"). Scraggily outlined in black ink, Doughty's cartoons never turn saccharine, especially in forlorn scenes of ice-cream-less cones and about-to-be-squashed four-leaf clovers in the first half of the book, and her poem works just as well to describe a parent's love of his or her child as it does to express romantic affection. Ages 4-7. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3 Up-This picture book pairs brief sentences with simple ink and Flashe paint illustrations on a white background to describe a sense of incompleteness: "I was a flower with no pot./I was a polka with no dot." "I was a bowl without a fish./A birthday cake without a wish." "I was a sky without the blue./I was a ME without a YOU." A transitional page follows with the line, "Then you arrived and changed the tune!" and an image of animals marching and playing instruments. Text and illustrations now appear on colored backgrounds: "You woke the sun./You lit the moon." "I had a cup, you brought the tea./I had a boat, you brought the sea." "Now I'm a bird and you're my song./So tell me now./what took you so long?" While the images and text are part of the world of a young child and the colorful animal characters resemble art that a child might create, the theme of dependence upon another person for happiness may be confusing for young readers. This title is best suited for older readers studying forms of expression, but they may find the illustrations condescending. VERDICT For larger collections.-Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.