Mommy, Do You Love Me?
Jeanne Willis, , illus. by Jan Fearnley. . Candlewick, $15.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-7636-3470-4
Through a series of tests—deliberate and not—a chick becomes almost totally convinced that his mother's affections are unshakable. Then, provoked by her son's almost manic cheeping, his mother momentarily loses it, and Little Chick is himself shaken. The mother hen repairs the breach with some unconditional reassurance (“Sometimes you make me mad, and sometimes you make me sad, but no matter what you say or do, I will always love you”) and with that surefire parenting trick, the funny face. Working in warm, translucent watercolors and velvety black outlines, Fearnley (previously paired with Willis for
Reviewed on: 02/25/2008