cover image Lola Dutch I Love You So Much

Lola Dutch I Love You So Much

Kenneth Wright, illus. by Sarah Jane Wright. Bloomsbury, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-5476-0117-2

Lola Dutch’s friends Gator, Crane, and Pig are all having a grouchy day, and eternally cheerful Lola (who “loves her friends SO MUCH”) is determined to make them happy. Lola sews a cozy outfit for “cranky and cold” Gator, creates a bathtub book nook for Crane (who cannot “find her favorite book”), and takes Pig (who feels “left out”) on an outing that ends in rain—and, more happily, splashy puddles. She returns home, works to offer Bear “the perfect gift,” and receives a special surprise from her friends in return. Inspired by Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages, married cocreators Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright craft a warm story that centers on making others feel loved. Lola’s yen for friend pleasing and refrain of “I love you so much” grows saccharine, but Sarah Jane Wright’s energetic pencil, gouache, and watercolor illustrations conjure a confection that’s airy, light, and sweet. Heavy on the message, but uplifting nonetheless. Ages 3–6. [em](Dec.) [/em]