Life is Beautiful – Keb’ Mo’ and Marco Furlotti, Flowerpot Press, 9781486721054, 2021
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? This is a great book about love and how the emotion fills us up and overwhelms us in the most beautiful ways. The book does not explicitly mention if it is the love of a parent and child or a family member and a child, therefore it makes for great interpretation for caregivers to explain to young children about loving anyone in our family. The book is also taken from the song that Keb’ Mo’ wrote with the same title “Life is Beautiful”. He opens up the book with a short narration about the importance of the book and he even invites readers to listen to the song as they read and even try to sing along! The narrator tells the young boy in the book that he loves him so much that he wants to spend all of his days doing things with him such as going sailing or going dancing. The narrator also talks about the sadness that we feel sometimes when we think about life without someone but how while we have them we can spend our days filling them with love. The illustrations are bold and beautiful. The illustrator used lots of blues, yellows and purples in the pictures. The pictures look more like hand drawn images as opposed to digital ones.
Anything you did not like about the book? I would like to have seen the full lyrics of the song printed in the last pages of the book.
To whom would you recommend this book? This is for young readers ages 3- 5 who are starting to build deep friendship bonds and family bonds.
Who should buy this book? Pre-schools and elementary schools
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA
Date of review: 06/18/2021