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Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite
Donalisa Helsley’s children’s book “I Love You Better than Chocolate Chip Cookies” is a must-have book for each child’s personal library as it will be read often with a loved one. Each page begins with the line, “I love you better than…” and the item is listed and described with an adjective that shows how or why that item is loved as well, but not as much. My favorite pages and descriptions are “I love you better than the fireplace and hot cocoa on a very cold day, and they are very comfy!” and “I love you better than pizza, and pizza is very cheesy!”
Sharing this book with a young child is a great way to reassure him or her of one’s love and also a cute way to really say how much he or she is loved. Visually this book is excellent! Not only are the illustrations bright and fun as they are so colorful, and filled with details, but they capture the character’s emotions and show the love that is felt and the fun that they are having just by being together. Also, the words of the book jump out to the reader as the item that one’s love is being compared to is bolded and in a different color as is the adjective describing the item. I love this technique as it emphasizes just how much the child is loved and it is fun for the child to pick out and also helps with word recognition. I have already read this book through several times and I continue to love the words and the illustrations and each time I notice a new detail that I love!