I Love You, One to Ten

illus. by Christina Leist. 32p. Groundwood. 2015. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781554987085.
PreS—In this whimsical picture book, a mother counts the ways she loves her child as she gets him to bed. The gentle mixed-media cartoon artwork has a soothing palette and lots of movement as the child bathes and plays and reads before going to sleep. The words are somewhat unconventional—"Two, your eyes,/googly, bright./Three, your raspberry mouth,/so sweet./And your chins are Four./Four chins!/Little one, I love them all"—but the loving message comes across in spite of the more awkward passages. Leist's digitally colored illustrations are delightful but not outstanding.
VERDICT An additional purchase.

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