Book Review

1 02, 2016

Love You Forever, a Book Review

By |2016-01-25T16:23:31-06:00February 1st, 2016|Book Review|0 Comments

Book reviews are subjective because our feelings about a book are very personal. Two people can read the exact same book. One will love it. The other totally dislike it.

Will a book review influence either to change their opinion? Probably not. Some readers ignore reviews altogether. Still book reviews are important and worth taking the time to write, if not for yourself, for the author.

That’s why I’m sharing my review of Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch. bookI love this picture book. It’s well written and beautifully illustrated. It’s not a new book. The original publication date is 1986, but it has a timeless theme – love. My favorite topic for February blogs.

The story begins with a mother holding her newborn and softly singing:

love forever1I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.

 

 

The little boy grows and he does all the things little boys do. (Check out the cover if you can’t remember what little boys can do.)

He drives her crazy, she wants to sell him to the zoo, but at night, she rocks him and sings the song – even when he is way too big and too old to be rocked.

Then life happens.  He moves out. The mother gets older and older. The words of the song change:

I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living my Mommy you’ll be.

That’s not the end of the story. I won’t give away what happens next except to say that Love You Forever crosses all generations.

The story and its message of enduring love have an extra-special place in my heart because my son gave the book to me years ago when he was in one of those drive me crazy stages of our relationship.

I’ll always cherish my copy. And him.

If you’re looking for a perfect gift this Valentine’s Day, consider Love You Forever.

16 05, 2012

Remember writing book reports?

By |2018-04-08T15:35:14-05:00May 16th, 2012|Book Review, Make Me Think Monday, writer, writing|7 Comments

I loved writing book reports when I was in school. Still do after a fashion.

Voracious reader that I am, I love to tell others about great books I read. So I’m constantly giving oral book reports in the form of “Have you read such and such?”

I also post reviews for the books I really, really love on review sites and at e-retailers.

That’s so important. All reviews help author sales. It doesn’t matter whether the review is good or bad.

People often say they don’t know how to write a review. It really isn’t difficult. A review doesn’t have to be long or detailed like those book reports for school. Even a sentence or two can convey whether you liked a book or didn’t.

Here are some suggestions:

“This story was well-told. I fell in love with the hero on page 2.”

“Always pleased with stories by this author.”

“Predictable, but still a good read.”

“So disappointed. Not up to her/his usual standard.”

If you’re still nervous about the actually posting a review on Amazon. Check out this video I found by Douglas Goldstein. It demonstrates exactly how to post a review for a book.