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I Love You So Much Hardcover – January 12, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers; 1st American ed edition (January 12, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385325126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385325127
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Dubois's effectively unadorned, humor-infused illustrations keep this charming tale, an import from France, from becoming precious. Lola the hamster runs the gamut of facial expressions throughout her rather frustrating day, which begins when she awakens to feel "something special on the tip of her tongue." Preschoolers may or may not put the title together with what Lola has to say, but will likely identify with her indignation that virtually everyone?including her parents, teacher and classmates?is just too preoccupied (or, in the case of "the annoying boy" sitting next to her at school, simply not worthy) to listen to her important message. After spending hours sulking?which Dubois depicts with a comic flair bound to further endear the furry heroine to young readers?Lola finally blurts out her long-suppressed words, which "worked their magic" with her suddenly doting parents. Featuring a relatively small trim size and an appealing price, this is a sweet (but not too) little book about the power of love. Ages 2-6.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1?Adorable illustrations create the magic for this simple, sweet story of Lola, a hamster, and the day she searches for the right time to say, "I love you." Especially charming pictures show Lola's cheeks puffed out with love as she drags a blanket down the hallway, where (on the next page) she sees her mother and father kiss good-bye. Later, her mother is too busy for special words, and the school bus is too noisy. Lola's growing frustration over her inability to express herself is delightfully drawn. Each picture shows the little creature more and more distraught, until she finally explodes with emotion at dinnertime. Lola's parents respond generously with kisses, and all is well until bedtime when Lola worries whether her special words will be back on her lips in the morning. I Love You So Much deserves a place beside the numerous other books that deal with the expression of family love because this endearing little hamster finds as much satisfaction in declaring love as in hearing it.?Jackie Hechtkopf, Talent House School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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We have many books, but this particular one is one of my son's favorite.
Kidzlandia
Then he asked me to read it to him before bed and he read it again the next morning.
Amy Haden
I read this as a bedtime book and they go to bed feeling loved and sweet.
Maria Hernandez

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah L. Woodstuff VINE VOICE on February 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is wonderful! The pictures are great and the story is lovely.
My 7 year old refers to Lola as the little girl whose cheeks keep getting biggger until the words just have to come out.
The book only takes about 5 minutes to read but the message will last a life time. It tells children, and parents, how important it is that we tell the people we love, "I love you, I love you, I love you so much!"
This would be a great book for new parents to begin reading to their bundle of joy right from the start.
A favorite in our home and is sure to be one in your home too.
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A friend gave me this book (in Spanish) for our daughter. I read it but have not read it to her and I don't think I ever will. I was curious as to what people were saying about this book in its English version. This poor little girl spends her entire day with no one telling her that they love her! No one, absolutely no one, will listen to her. Then she gets mad at dinner-time because she isn't given a chance to express her love (and the book supports her being mad) and then she blurts out to her parents that she loves them and they hug her. She goes to sleep with words of love, once again, in her cheeks. Geez, the next day will be more of the same as her surroundings have not changed. There is no moral here. The problem is that everyone else has a problem with listening and showing emotion and not the little girl with her words of love but that is not expressed in the book so a 4 year-old, if you don't explain this to them, won't understand a thing. How the little "girl" learned to love so much given the people who surround her is beyond me!
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By Maria Hernandez on October 17, 2013
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Super cute for any child! I read this as a bedtime book and they go to bed feeling loved and sweet.
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I am a librarian who does story time for preschoolers and elementary students. This story is very cute. However the book was too small to view by a group of 50 preschoolers. So I ended up donating it to the library so patrons can enjoy reading it one-on-one.
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By Jeff on December 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
Carl Norac's book, "I Love You So Much," is an excellent book that follows Lola, a young girl (hampster), through an entire day.

Lola's day begins with her waking up and having some "special words" on the tip of her tongue. She wants to say these special words to her mom and dad but the time isn't right and the rest of the day is spent trying to figure out the best time to let these words flow.

This book will help kids to feel comfortable with using their voice for expressing emotion. The anticipation in hearing these "special words" is well worth the wait for any parent.

I highly recommend "I Love You So Much."
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By Amy Steele on February 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
I just wanted to add that the illustrations rock...almost every page has a scene that is grime-encrusted and trash-filled! You can see flies buzzin' and food flyin' through the air, Lola sitting on the toilet- if you are dainty, this book is gonna shock ya somewhat. Other pics are so realistic- Lola's mom rushing here and there, her parents kissing goodbye, a little graffiti on the bus, her and her parents watching TV while they eat dinner...it touches me because it's warm and real. I know that a previous reviewer was upset due to the fact that Lola "tries to tell everyone that she loves them" (something like that), but it is not that cut-and-dried. First off, this is a French hamster that we're talkin' about here; so passion rules in Lola's culture (if you look on the last page of this book, you will see that it was originally published in France). The people that Lola would have said "I love you" to seemed appropriate to me- her friends, her teacher, Frankie, the Skateboard King- it's not like she was going to state the big words to a random stranger. Lola did decide in one situation to not say her special words to the "annoying boy" next to her, so she knew that there were some rodents not worthy (of these words). Hey, at least Lola's heart is in the right place. And let's face it- we all have different levels of "I love you"; I think if Lola had gotten to say these words to a few others that it wouldn't have rocked the boat too much in either direction. In conclusion, a tempered book...not too overly sweet due to hamsters that eschew cleanliness.
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By K. Uebner on September 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Really wonderful little book. My 2 year old daughter absolutely loves it! I have to read it to her twice a day (once before her afternoon nap and once before bedtime).

The illustrations are wonderful and the story is very sweet.
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