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Another great book about unconditional love
on February 26, 2005
Although this book smacks of the same ideas behind the books "I'll Love You Forever," "The Runaway Bunny," and "Guess How Much I Love You," it's a heartwarming favorite nevertheless.
"No Matter What" is about a little fox endearingly named "Small" and his mother, "Large." Small is very grumpy as he's getting ready for bed, and he can't understand how his mother could love him when he's acting this way. He questions whether she would love him even if he were a different animal or lived far away. His mother ensures Small that she would love him "no matter what." The book "No Matter What" may be based on a trite plot/concept, but at least it's one worth repeating.
The illustrations in this book do more than simply reinforce the text, for the text is simple and and abstract in some places, particularly toward the end of the book. The illustrations give concrete images to the abstract concept of love, while providing humorous details and asides. The pull-toy that Small breaks, for example, becomes mended on the page where Small asks if love can be fixed or patched. Circular lines provide a unifying motif throughout the work's illustrations, and the bright colors lend to the book a feeling of warmth.
I recommend this book. The illustrations and rhythmic text, in particular, are delightful. The only drawback I noticed was the slight breakdown in voice toward the end of the book, where the text drifts into the abstract concept of love. But at that critical shift in text, the illustrations remain compelling, and thus, so does the book.