Just when you think the holidays are over, the calendar tells you otherwise. February sees Valentines Day. And A Book of Love by Emma Randall would be the perfect gift to give if your sweetheart does not want flowers or candy. Or you are looking for an alternative to the traditional gift. And if your loved one likes sugary sweet picture book stories, with diverse characters and is a lovely story, just not my personal taste, then A Book of Love would be the perfect gift.
In other words, A Book of Love is a nice gift. Period. You do not even have to save it for Valentines Day as it is one of those books that talks about love but not the day of the saint himself. It talks about how we can show and do things to show and tell about our love. There are the little things we can do (hugs and smiles) and the big things (standing up for a classmate who is being bullied). There is no real romantic love portrayed but how we can and do care. Or just love on a simple friendship level.
Of course, the illustrations are bold but the are gentle at the same time. The colors are obvious to what you expect, but they fit the story. Everything is agreeable. Just, for lack of a better word, Nice. It is a happy book. It is a book that can be given to an adult or child. It is what it is. It is not frilly or gaudy but also not extremely lavish either. As all books, find the right reader, and this will be the very special, right book for them.