Novelty books are popular, and You're My Little Love Bug certainly fits into that category. A silly rhyme penned by Heidi R. Weimer, this board book is described by the publisher as a "parent love letter." The book begins:
"You're my little lovebug, my cuddly kangaroo, my funny bunny, sweet as honey. All of this is true."
But it really isn't the text that will catch your child's eye - at least initially. The cover of the book, and every subsequent page, features a heart shape cut out that reveals none other than your child's photograph (which you slip into a plastic sleeve on the last page). When the book is opened, music plays and lights blink in time to the music.
What I Like: My 19 month old adores this book! She's enraptured by the lights and music and will sit for quite some time, opening the book, watching the lights, and listening to the music. And - oh yes - sometimes she wants me to read the book to her, too.
What I Dislike: I'm not wild about the illustrations, which are a bit too busy and colorful to my way of thinking, but my daughter seems to like them. I'd also prefer this book to conclude with a reminder that our Heavenly Father loves us, too. (The only hint that this book is made by a Christian publisher comes at the very end: "But most of all what you are is God's sweetest gift of love.")
Overall Rating: Good.
Age Appeal: Infant to preschool.
Publishing Info: Ideals Publications, 2006; ISBN 0824965892; board book; $10.95
Special Info: This book comes with "free" battery replacements. (You must pay shipping.) Some parents may object to the inclusion of a Jack-o-lantern in the illustrations, or mentions and pictures of junk food throughout.