You Make Me Happy

Bloomsbury. Jan. 2019. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781681198491.
PreS-K–An adorable testament to the importance of close relationships from the author and illustrator of I Love You Night and Day and I’ll Never Let You Go. Fox and Porcupine frolic through the forest, across seasons, and offer one another love and support. Their relationship is left undefined and could easily be applied to parent and child, siblings, or friends as they play, laugh, and build a tree house together. Written in rhyming similes and lyrical vignettes, the text also acknowledges that sometimes close relationships are hard, as one can make the other grumpy, but overall being together is the most important thing. The illustrations rendered in acrylic and color pencil depict the pair having a picnic, splashing in a lake, and rowing an umbrella in the rain, reflecting the changing of the seasons and their continued connection through thick and thin. Soft colors and beautiful details, such as flower petals floating through the air, a snow porcupine with stick spikes, and a waterfall with a vibrant rainbow, fill the pages offering readers a delightful visual to match the endearing text.
VERDICT A warming addition to any collection and for fans of the author and illustrator’s previous joint efforts.

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