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I Love You, Nose! I Love You, Toes! Hardcover – April 2, 2013
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Illustrator Davick (10 Easter Egg Hunters, 2011) debuts as an author with this beautifully orchestrated celebration of the human body. This is a perky paean to body parts, given from the perspectives of a bunch of very little kids. Naturally, the differences come first. The children have straight, curly, brown, red, long, and short hair, and they’re different colors, too. The text then moves to what the various body parts can do: “I love you, eyebrows— / eyeballs, too! / I like to show / nice things to you.” Davick’s big, bright Photoshop illustrations depict the kids as happy cartoon melon-heads who bop to and fro, pulling the viewer from one spread to the next. Along the way, Davick gently introduces the idea of safety (“Be careful, body! / Whoa, beep, beep! / Make sure to look / before you leap.”) before ending with a few words of thanks: “Body, you’re the one for me. / If not for you . . . / where would I be?” Light, bouncy education for the youngest set. Preschool-Grade 1. --Connie Fletcher
“This ode to children’s bodies hits all the high and low notes…. The cheerful youngsters who fill the pages come in both genders and many ethnicities….The round-eyed, smiling, simplistic youngsters are appealing.” (School Library Journal, March 2013)
“From hair to tummies to toes and everything in between, Davick’s peppy ode to all our parts successfully uses humor and a little age-appropriate information to deliver its energetic message about celebrating the bodies we’ve got. The infectious rhymes are well matched by clean, friendly illustrations, which feature large ice-cream-colored pages with wide-eyed, smiling kids front and center. Both the pictures’ lack of background and the simple, bouncy text make this ideal for group sharing—though young listeners might find it hard to keep still. At times Davick seems to be encouraging kids to join in.” (The Horn Book, March/April 2013)
“A bubbly celebration of the human body. In upbeat, musical verse, children declare their love for their hair, their toes and everything in between. The text is funny, silly and sometimes irreverent…. Davick is careful to leave no body parts out of the raucous celebration…. Sharing this jolly, cheeky ode with little ones will produce some giggles while helping to instill an appreciation for the wondrous human body and all its necessary parts.” (Kirkus Reviews, February 2013)
* “Illustrator Davick, in her first outing as author, leaves no body part uncelebrated…. With generously scaled, dramatically cropped compositions and a cheery schoolroom palette, Davick makes every page-turn a surprise and a renewed invitation to join the lovefest…. The unalloyed wonder and delight that animate these pages is like a breath of fresh air—and should win over the most reticent audiences.” (Publishers Weekly, March 4, 2013, *STARRED REVIEW)
“[A] beautifully orchestrated celebration of the human body. This is a perky paean to body parts, given from the perspectives of a bunch of very little kids…. Light, bouncy education for the youngest set.” (Booklist Online, April 22, 2013)
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"The Book Award provides an extraordinary opportunity to celebrate and encourage exceptional new writers and illustrators, who are rarely recognized early in their careers," said Deborah Pope, Executive Director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. "These new artists have created books of beauty in the spirit of Keats that portray the universal qualities of childhood, a strong and supportive family and the multicultural nature of our world."
I am a longtime fan of the Davick-illustrated "holiday books." My many great nieces and nephews prize their copies of 10 Trick-or-Treaters,10 Trim-the-Tree'ers,10 Valentine Friends, and 10 Easter Egg Hunters: A Holiday Counting Book
With this book, I am happy to see the wit and imagination behind those drawings now also shining through in the verse.
Always playful, never preachy, Ms. Davick employs humor and candor to win children's (and parents') hearts in this guide to loving every part of their little bodies. I can't wait to read it with the newest members of my extended family.