If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy’s Love Song

Luke Reynolds, illus. by Jeff Mack. Doubleday, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-101-93740-2

As a father tucks his child into bed, playful allusions communicate the breadth of his love: “If my love were a marching band,/ its drums would crash and boom./ And if my love were a racing car,/ it would rev and rattle and vroom.” Mack’s bright mixed-media scenes emphasize the strong connection between father and son as they roar like lions on the savannah, dive for undersea treasure, and watch fireworks: “If my love were a firework,/ it would blast long past this song.” Reynolds provides an uplifting message of comfort and commitment in this easygoing lullaby. Ages 3–7.[em] Author’s agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary. Illustrator’s agent: Rubin Pfeffer, Rubin Pfeffer Content. (Apr.) [/em]