I Love You, Stinky Face

I Love You, Stinky Face

"The illustrations in the book, created by Cyd Moore, depict the boy’s wild imagination."

The children’s book I love You, Stinky Face is a Scholastic book that was written by Lisa McCourt. My oldest daughter, who is now twelve, asked me to review this book for the blog because it was her favorite when she was younger. I’m surprised she still had the book in her closet, as she is of the age that believes anything associated with her youth is uncool.

The book is about a little boy who keeps questioning his mother about her love for him. His probing questions show his need to be reassured that his mother will love him no matter what. I know my daughter was like that when she was younger. This book is meant to bed read to a child at bedtime, and I find that it can lead parents into having a meaningful conversation with their children about unconditional love.

The illustrations in the book, created by Cyd Moore, depict the boy’s wild imagination. Of course, when children are young, the impossible seems quite possible. Children at that age often ask a million questions, as does the boy in the story. At one point in the book the boy asks his mother if she would love him even if he was as smelly as a skunk. I believe this is the section of the story that the title comes from. The mother lets her son know that she would love him, stink and all.

I highly recommend this book for toddlers, as well as children who are in preschool and kindergarten. The book can most likely be found in any public library, but if you want your own copy then I suggest you get it on Amazon, where it sells for as little as $.75.