My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I'm really torn here. The premise of this book is quite clever, a poem comparing love to different kinds of animals - eager as a beaver, steady as a yak, angry as a bear (why bears should be singled out as angry, I'm not sure). It's sort of like John Donne and Dr. Seuss got together and wrote a poem (in writer's heaven, I guess, considering they are both dead). The illustrations are brightly colored heart shapes, done in a collage to create the different animals, very modern art (a "heartist" rather than a cubist). That said, it's very cutesy. I understand why books like this, and Guess How Much I Love You and Todd Parr's multiple books about love and family and emotions exist, I understand why people like them. But I always feel like the books pick themselves up and smack you over the head with themselves. Love, or else (the "or else" is never quite made clear, a very veiled threat). The king of this type of book is Love You Forever which is both adored and despised (like Lady Gaga or the Tea Party). My Heart Is Like A Zoo sits on the same shelf as these types of books, but I think its saved from causing the reader diabetic shock by the clever conceit and the interesting art.
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