I Love You, Blue by Barroux

I Love You, Blue by Barroux, both art and story, flyaway books, 2022. 9781947888364

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Paperback ARC

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? When a little lighthouse keeper encounters a storm at sea both he and his boat are saved by Blue, a giant whale.  Looking for Blue the next day, the keeper finds him lying on the sea floor.  Going inside the whale, he discovers it is filled with hundreds of plastic bags.  He loads them up and takes them away.  The following day, Blue is once again healthy.  This simple story gets its point across with few words; two-page illustrations that look like watercolor outlined in ink match this simplicity.  A lovely little story.  An author’s note about the plight of whales and the oceans, not just from plastic pollution, but from threats humans pose, follows the story.

Anything you did not like about the book?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book? This story is perfect for introducing the youngest children, age three to five, to the plight of the oceans and its inhabitants from plastic pollution.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and child -care centers should have this one in their collections.

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: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Contributor, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review:  February 17, 2022

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