We have two friends, David and Gracie, who really love picture books. They have collected favorites since their dating days (which I believe is around 15 years now), so they know great picture books. Today, I’m reviewing one of their favorites, I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt.
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I Love You, Stinky Face is about a child who asks his mom if she would love him if he was “a big scary ape,” “a super smelly skunk,” or”a Green Alien from Mars” (among other things).
His mother reassures him that she would love him no matter what. It’s very simple and sweet – and perfectly captures the truth that we parents love our children no matter what.
I Love You, Stinky Face is illustrated by Cyd Moore. I’m not usually drawn to this type of illustration, but it really works well with the funny examples that the little boy uses.
I should add that Brontë and I disagree on the gender of the main character. It is never specified, and the child illustrated could be a boy or a girl, but my boys would be more likely to come up with things like “a swamp creature with slimy, smelly seaweed hanging from my body” or or “a cyclops” than my girls would, but that is obviously very subjective. Whether you think the main character is a boy or a girl, it is a great picture book – especially for bedtime!
Here are Brontë’s thoughts on I Love You, Stinky Face:
You can probably find a copy of this book at your library – that’s where we found this one, but this might be a good one to buy for bedtime stories. Your local bookstore should be able to order it if they don’t have a copy. But, if you are planning to shop on Amazon, please click on our link.
I Love You, Stinky Face
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