Thursday, November 5, 2020

Review: If There Never Was a You by Amanda Rowe

by Amanda Rowe
Illustrated by Olga Skomorokhova
Board Book
20 pages
ages 2 to 5

If there never was a you, how empty life would be! Who would make me smile and laugh and keep me company?

Filled with heartwarming messages of love, belonging, and togetherness, If There Never Was a You gently reassures children that the place they hold in their parents' hearts can never be filled with anything else.


Love, warmth and security radiate from this book, making it a perfect read to cuddle up with and read.

This is a lovely board book, which has only one purpose—to tell a child how important they are and how wonderful it is to have them around. It's told from a mother's point of view and goes through different examples of how the child makes this mother's life better. The situations will be mostly familiar to young listeners. I find it especially nice that this book shows how a child's matter what they simply a joy for the parent. It's up-lifting and makes it clear that the child is loved for just being there and living.

The illustrations are bright and full of little details. The pair used is a mother rabbit and her child rabbit. Both are cheerful and created with warmth and love. There's quite a few things for young listeners to gaze at in these pictures. Some things are even a little funny (in a cute way), which is sure to make them smile. It definitely gives opportunities to discover something new with every read. And there is sure to be more than one read through on this one.

The text is a little large for the youngest, but then, this isn't a book to help kids learn to read. Rather, it's a read aloud, and one especially great for moms and their children. It's guaranteed to end with a big hug and have both with all sorts of warm fuzzy feelings.

And here she is...

Amanda Rowe is a freelance writer, an academic administrator, an amateur chef, a travel enthusiast, a blogger, and a book hoarder. If There Never Was a You is her first children’s book. Visit her at

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