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 I love you like a pig
 Author: Barnett, Mac

 Illustrator: Pizzoli, Greg

 Publisher:  HarperCollins
 Pub Year: 2017

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [33] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 091602 ISBN: 9780062354839
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Humorous fiction

Price: $20.71

A celebration of all the sweet, funny, zany moments in life.

   Kirkus Reviews (07/15/17)
   School Library Journal (-) (08/01/17)
   Booklist (07/01/17)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/09/17)

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Booklist - 07/01/2017 “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways” is given a juvenile twist as Pizzoli and Barnett team up for another wonky winner. The bright digital illustrations pop with polka dots and sound bites as three children discuss how many ways they feel affection for each other. Happy oinks intersperse the pages as the children try to define their fondness: “I love you like a pig.” Other kooky reactions come up: the kids are happy like a monster, smiling like a tuna, funny like a fossil, or crazy like raspberries. “Lucky like a window” shows a pig and a little girl munching on big pieces of pie, which had been cooling in an open window. But always, the oinks return. The simple line drawings, the generous white space, and the diverse faces of the children and funny animals brighten the message with the accessible illustrations. A quirky, nutty salute to the many moments of emotions, and a fun read-aloud as children ponder the silliness surrounding true friendship. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 08/01/2017 PreS-Gr 1—Pizzoli strives mightily to make sense of Barnett's spare text, but readers may still be left mystified as to how one can be "lucky like a window" or "sweet like a banker." The rounded figures depicting children of many races, his pastel palette, festive polka dots and pennants, and a generally upbeat ambience convey the happy nature of Barnett's silliness. The appealing artwork and fun refrain go just so far in this head-scratching bit of absurdity. The entire book feels like a party, but the substance is as incorporeal as a mouthful of cotton candy. VERDICT Purchase only where Barnett and Pizzoli are popular.—Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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