Picture Book: So Much
By Trish Cooke Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
A special 25th anniversary edition of a modern classic, this is a tender, exuberant celebration of modern family life.
Mum and baby are home alone when – DING DONG! – Auntie and then Uncle and Nannie and Gran-Gran and the cousins come to visit. And they all want to hug and kiss and squeeze and eat the baby right up ... because everybody loves the baby SO MUCH! A special 25th anniversary edition of a multiple award-winning story, So Much is a celebration of family life. Helen Oxenbury's characteristically warm, funny illustrations, paired with Trish Cooke's rhythmic, cumulative story capture the joy of being a baby in a large extended family – a baby who knows that he is absolutely, utterly adored. With a foreword and gorgeous golden foil on the cover and spine, this edition is one to share and treasure.
Great story with a natural climax, clear, language is completely authentic - urban afro-caribbean - we rarely see language matching culture / ethnicity so explicitly, and in a book for learning to read.
On a personal note, this book brought back memories of my time in primary school and being read this story by my mother, who was born in the Caribbean. Therefore seeing such a book on the shelves which showed diversity was a unique aspect about 15 years ago. I believe it is important to represent different cultures in reading, especially at an early age, as in this multicultural day an age, all books should represent different family nationalities, languages, races and family dynamics.