Author: Jordan-Lake, Joy
How MUCH is the crazy-much love?" This simple question is answered as two parents recount the journey of adopting their daughter and the many milestone moments that follow. From the child's first bath and first time riding a tricycle, all the way to her boarding that big yellow bus, the crazy-much love grows SO MUCH that it spills out the windows and busts down the doors.
Kirkus Reviews (07/15/19)
School Library Journal (00/12/19)
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Booklist - 07/01/2019 In this ode to a much-adored child adopted from an unspecified country by an American couple, the parents describe how they loved their child even before they met her. They share their excitement about snuggling her for the first time and welcoming her home. The bright colors of the digital-media artwork convey the parents’ joy, and whimsical doodle-like dots and hearts evoke the family’s exuberant love: “And we knew— / our crazy-much love for you / would grow and grow more / and spill out the windows / and bust down the doors.” As the poem progresses, we see the little girl grow from an infant to a young schoolchild, and her parents celebrate milestones, such as learning to walk and boarding the school bus for the first time. The standout illustrations burst with energy and are as saturated with color as the subject of the story is showered with love. A perfect gift for an adoptive family—and every family that has a deep and abiding love for their young children. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 12/01/2019 PreS-Gr 1—As a young girl grows, her parents share the story of her adoption and how they knew she was the child that would spark their "crazy-much" love. They travel across the world to meet her and bring her home, to watch her grow from her first bath and first steps, until she is ready to board a school bus for the first time—and sneak her dog along to school. Vibrant and bright images fill the pages of this genuinely charming story. Whenever the concept of "crazy-much" is discussed, colorful bubbles, in one instance bath bubbles, swoop across the page giving visual representation to the abstract concept. The refrain of "crazy-much love" that "spills out the windows and busts down the doors" along with a few other key phrases offer a lyrical repetition, emphasizing the importance of the child to the parents. However, at times the wording can feel a little clunky, though the sentiment is sincere. This is a realistic portrayal of a modern foreign adoption from the adoptive parents' point of view. VERDICT Eye-catching and heartwarming, this is an excellent choice for anyone wishing to share the loving bond between parents and their children.—Kaitlin Malixi, Kensington Health Sciences Academy, Philadelphia - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.