This review has a love theme. First, we have the graphic novel The Loud House Special: Love Out Loud by the Loud House Creative Team and second, the picture book Love is for Roaring by Mike Kerr.
With the Loud Family we see the Loud Family and the way love is represented: between husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, girlfriends and girlfriends, between siblings, between animals and their human and even between the youngest Loud child and her love of a certain large fuzzy “man.” This time around the Loud family is celebrating love in all the forms they can think of. There are a few new characters introduced (unless they are from previous editions that I am not familiar with), and old favorites. But everyone has some grand new adventures. Each story (or its own chapter) deal with mysterious online chess players to puppy love, to friendship anniversaries. And along the way we enjoy the fun, laughter, and mishaps. While it is best to have followed this wild group from the beginning, you can find yourself starting with this book.
And the illustrator Renata Liwska along with Kerr made a picture book about Lion and his friend Mouse. These two buddies find ways for Lion to express love. The fun part about this is that what you love, I might not love, and visa versa. Each thing Mouse suggests is either a Yay or Nay for Lion. But eventually Lion understands about love and all the different ways and things we love. The illustrations are sweet, a smidgen sugary, but not in any overwhelming manner. It is a great book to give as a gift to children about ages 4-5 to about 7. Of course, it works as a read aloud, but the older reader can enjoy it solo.