Friday, January 1, 2010

Leviticus, I Love You

The mother-daughter team of Mary Minette Meyer and Beth Prince wrote and illustrated Leviticus, I Love You, a story about Leviticus is a lobster who wonders what it would be like to be some other creature.

First, he wonders what it would be like to be a clam. He wants to be a clam because clams are smart. When he asks his mother if he is a smart as a clam, she answers, “You are a very smart lobster, Leviticus. Remember, you are a lobster; you are not a clam. You can take pride in yourself, without comparing yourself to somebody else.”

Leviticus smiles “a little lobster smile” and says, “I wish I was a clam; a really smart clam, and I lived in a shell that I could open any time I wanted.”

His mother answers, “I could not kiss a clam; I am glad you are not a clam, Leviticus. I am glad you are Leviticus Lobster.” Then she gives him a big kiss.

Then, he wonders what it would be like to be a herring. He wants to be a herring because herrings are handsome. When he asks his mother if he is as handsome as a herring, she answers the same way she did when he asked her about clams, except she says he’s a very handsome herring. And, she can’t hug a herring.

The same thing happens when he wonders what it would be like to be a wood wasp. He wants to be a wood wasp because wasps are fast.

The illustrations are colorful and expressive, covering both pages of each two-page spread.

The Bible verse, “Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else [Galatians 6:4]” is given and printed on the back cover of the book.

What I Like: I like the repetition of the text. It’s definitely something children will relate to. And, I like the illustrations. They are delightful.

What I Dislike: Nothing.

Overall Rating: Very good.

Age Appeal: The publisher doesn’t give a suggested age group, but I’d say it’s 4-8.

Publisher Info: Rocksand, LLC, 2009; ISBN: 9781931552035; Hardcover, $14.99.

Buy now at $14.99.
Special Info: Read more about the author and illustrator.

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