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All You Need Is Love
Contributor(s): Lennon, John (Author), McCartney, Paul (Author), Rosenthal, Marc (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1534429816     ISBN-13: 9781534429819
Publisher: Little Simon
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: January 2019

Annotation: An uplifting picture book rendering of the classic Beatles song features whimsical cartoon artwork that illustrates how to follow the music to discover the love all around us. Illustrated by the best-selling artist of The Straight Line Wonder. 75,000 first printing.
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BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Emotions & Feelings
- Juvenile Fiction | Love & Romance
- Juvenile Fiction | Performing Arts - Music
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018033372
Age Level: 4-8
Grade Level: Preschool-3
Lexile Measure: 150 AD (Adult Directed Text)
Physical Information: 0.5" H x 10.3" W x 10.1" (1.05 lbs) 40 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): Rosenthal, Marc: - Marc Rosenthal is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of many books for children, including Small Walt by Elizabeth Verdick; I Must Have Bobo, I'll Save You Bobo, and Bobo the Sailor Man, all by Eileen Rosenthal; The Straight Line Wonder by Mem Fox; and Phooey, which he wrote. Marc's illustrations can be seen regularly in The New Yorker, Time, Forbes, Fortune, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and others. Visit him online at Marc-Rosenthal.com.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Fall)
If ever there was a pop song whose uplifting sentiment suits a picture book, it's this Beatles classic. And if ever there was a pop song whose lyrics look inane in a picture book, it's this one ("Love, love, love..., etc.). Still, the jubilant illustrations of a bear moved to good deeds by the sound of music delivers the message. Copyright 2019 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 October #5)

Rosenthal (Small Walt) turns Lennon and McCartney's Summer of Love anthem into a tribute to friendship and community. At the end of winter, when the trees are still bare and melted snow puddles dot the ground, a bear in its den hears the happy song of a bluebird family ("Love, love, love") and is inspired to take the message to the forest, and then to the streets. Accompanied by the birds and other woodland friends, the bear enlists a lonely-looking boy to join; the boy in turn urges a brooding girl to shake off her mood and march beside him. Flowers spring up in their path, the landscape turns lush, and people of all ages celebrate their connections to one another. The circular, allusive lyrics may be hard for young listeners to track when read aloud ("There's nothing you can do that can't be done/.... Nothing you can say, but you can learn how to play the game"). But singing the text—and giving in to the impulse to sway along—imbues it with fun and meaning, and Rosenthal's joyful cartooning underscores the exhortation that "it's easy" to share good vibes. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 4–8. (Jan.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 December)

PreS-Gr 1–The iconic Lennon and McCartney lyrics are brought to life in full-color art for a new generation. A bear is awakened by the sweet sound of a mother bluebird singing with her baby. The bear is so enchanted that he follows them as they fly through the countryside and into the town. As they go, more animals and even people join in the melodic and merry parade, spreading love and joy as they pass houses and cross bridges full of people that could use a little cheer. The parade ends in an explosion of color and camaraderie in a neighborhood park. A picture book for all ages, this is sure to bring a sense of happiness and well-being to all who read it. The illustrations are as inspiring as the lyrics, with bright rainbow colors, and lighthearted, animated characters. The diversity of human characters is to be appreciated, and the change of setting as the parade marches on adds interest and intrigue. VERDICT A cultural must-have for all well-rounded library collections.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.
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