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I Already Know I Love You Hardcover – April 13, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1ST edition (April 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060593911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060593919
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Comedian, actor, and director Billy Crystal’s ode to his first grandchild will strike a chord with every expectant grandparent (and parents, too). Readers will feel the sweet anticipation building as Grandpa Crystal dreams about the baby’s upcoming birth. While the writing is at times awkward, the sentiment behind the text is genuine and universal, " I want to feel your heart beat as you lie upon my chest, bait your hook, fly your kite, help you study for a test." The narrator envisions peekaboo, horsey, and visits to the beach with a red-haired tot--his love virtually bubbles over. Pastel illustrations (reminiscent of the dreamy, soft-focus drawings in pregnancy books) by Elizabeth Sayles show the rugged, gray-haired gramps beaming as he partakes of the imagined pleasures to come. Crystal concludes with another awkward yet heartfelt verse:
Your mom is my daughter, and your dad is his mom’s son. You lived within your mommy, but now the time has come. Get ready, sweet little one-- Your life will be just great. I’m going to be your grandpa, and… I can hardly wait.
(All Ages) --Emilie Coulter

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K–As a grandfather-to-be anticipates the birth of his grandchild, he expresses excitement for all of the special moments and activities he can't wait to share: bear hugs, the ocean, a Yankees game, a movie. The rhyming text is basic and yet effective. Crystal manages to come across as sincere rather than sappy so that the special nature of this intergenerational relationship shines through. As the narrator imagines the future, the soft pastel art depicts the baby nestled snuggly in Grandpa's arms. Other pictures show the wide-eyed red-headed child getting older, her grandpa and a fuzzy stuffed monkey by her side. The longevity and importance of this family relationship is thus visually supported and celebrated. After readers see and hear about all of the enjoyable events that will occur, the book comes full circle and ends with the birth of the child, "Get ready, little sweet one–/your life will be just great./I'm going to be your grandpa, and.../I can hardly wait."–Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
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Customer Reviews

This is a very sweet book and wonderfully illustrated.
Steven
I received this book as a gift before my first grandchild was born.
Dianne Skaggs
It was a touching read and some parts nearly brought me to tears.
Debbie Farmer,author: Don'tPutLipstickontheCat!

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Steven on February 3, 2009
Format: Board book
Yes, it's by that Billy Crystal. This book is a recitation by a grandfather to his unborn grandchild about all the things that he knows they will do together. This is a very sweet book and wonderfully illustrated. However, it is specifically written from the viewpoint of a maternal grandfather to his biological granddaughter and makes that relationship very clear. If that's your family relationship, this may be the perfect book for you. If not, you may want to consider whether this book is appropriate for your family.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Roman VINE VOICE on April 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Billy's heart is wide open. Like every good first time grandpa, he eagerly anticipates his grandchild and imagines all the things they will do together. "On the inside cover Billy writes, "I can't believe I'm writing this 'cause I don't know who you are." However, the title says it all, "I already know I love you." Crystal has written a really enjoyable, touching, and sentimental story. The illustrations are soft and dreamy. This storybook is a keeper.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Rieback on April 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
It is now Billy Crystal's turn to produce a children's book. But this one is different, since it reflects his own experience as a first-time expectant grandfather and is dedicated to his first grandchild Ella. As Grandpa awaits the birth of his grandchild, he dreams of all the things they will share. He envisions them going to the beach, the zoo, a ball game, and the movies. He imparts his wisdom about telling the truth and tying shoes. Together they fly kites, go out to eat, and go fishing. The rhymed verse is phrased in an awkward meter, but nevertheless it reverberates with love, tenderness, and a sense of humor. The soft illustrations depict the imagined activities between grandfather and grandchild, where the child is portrayed at different ages and genders.
Is this a story for an adult or a child? I think the expectant parent or grandparent will appreciate the sentiments more than a young child, since it is written from an adult's point of view and since it has no chronological story line for the child to follow. When shared between a grandparent and grandchild, however, it is certain to impress the child with just how special he/she is in a grandparent's eyes.
Eileen Rieback
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on May 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
We gave this book to my father-in-law for his birthday and used it as a way to tell him and the family we were expecting. It brought tears to everyone's eyes. Everyone who read the book loved it. The sentiments are perfect for the anticipation of a little one.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on May 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Even on the inside covers of I ALREADY KNOW I LOVE YOU, Billy Crystal tells of his delights as he awaits his grandchild's birth: "I'm waiting to see you in ballet shoes, or is it football pads?..."
Rebeccasreads highly recommends I ALREADY KNOW I LOVE YOU, with its charming images by Elizabeth Sayles, as a perfect book for Grandpas-to-be. It is filled with fun & hugs & ways to welcome your grandchild, of either gender, into your family & the world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By changedmymind on April 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is my 5 year olds favorite. This was not even a gift from her grandpa, but we picked it up because it looked so sweet. This is the book she used to ask for every night, and from listening as we read along, this is also her first book that she can read by herself. The page with the 'spaghetti kiss' is her very favorite. We picked a four leaf clover the other day, and she ran in to press it in her favorite book. Thank you Billy Crystal - we're looking forward to reading your next!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hemmel on June 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I gave this book to my dad to let him know he was going to be a grandpa for the first time. Although my baby is not born yet, I can't wait for him to be able to read it to him/her. It is well written and colorful. When they are able to understand the concept, it will explain to the child how much they were loved before they ever entered the world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am giving this book to my father and my father in law (a gift on the arrival of my new baby for her wonderful papaws); this book is so sweet and what a tear jerker. Who new Billy Crystal isn't only funny, he is a great writer.
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