So Much by Trish Cooke

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A picture book about the birthday celebrations of a black English family written in lilting West-Indian rhythms - ideal to be read aloud. Mum and baby are at home, doing nothing in particular, when the doorbell rings. It's Aunt Bibba. With her arms outstretched she says, "I want to squeeze the baby, I want to squeeze him SO MUCH!". So she sits him on her knee and plays with him and reads him a book. Then the doorbell rings again. It's Uncle Didi. "I want to kiss the baby, I want to kiss him SO MUCH!". Nannie and Gran-Gran are the next to appear, followed by cousin Kay-Kay and Bid Cousin Ross, and they all want to hug and play with the baby so much. The last to arrive is Daddy. "Surprise!" everybody says and they wish him a happy birthday. Then Mum brings in the food for the party. Later, playing in the cot, Baby remembers how everybody wanted to squeeze, kiss, eat and fight him - because thew loved him SO MUCH! Trishe Cooke is also the author of "Mr Pam Pam and the Hullabazoo", and "When I Grow Bigger". Helen Oxenbury won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1979. She has also illustrated two Smarties Book Prize-winning picture books - "Farmer Duck" in 1991, and "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" in 1989, both of which were highly commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1992 and 1989 respectively. She has also illustrated "Its My Birthday".

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Trish Cooke is the author of numerous books for children, including the award-winning SO MUCH, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, and THE GRANDAD TREE, illustrated by Sharon Wilson. Of FULL, FULL, FULL OF LOVE, she says, "Sunday dinner is just another excuse for my family to party. And believe me, we do! On Sunday Mom's house is always full. It's like musical chairs sometimes because you can guarantee that if you get up from your chair, someone else will have filled it by the time you get back! The best thing is there are always lots of hugs to go around!"Paul Howard has illustrated many books for young people, including THE OWL WHO WAS AFRAID OF THE DARK by Jill Tomlinson and CLASSIC POETRY: AN ILLUSTRATED COLLECTION, edited by Michael Rosen. Of FULL, FULL, FULL OF LOVE, he says, "Jay Jay's Sunday reminds me of my own nan's mammoth Sunday dinners when I was a child. From behind your shoulder Nan would always put more food on your plate - despite the helpless pleas, 'No more! No more!' HELEN OXENBURY is the world-class illustrator of dozens of beloved picture books, including Michael Rosen's "We're Going on a Bear Hunt, " Phyllis Root's "Big Momma Makes the World, " which won the "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Picture Book Award, ""and her own Tom and Pippo series. She lives in London, England.
Published September 23, 2008 by Perfection Learning. 48 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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3+) Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1994 ...

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The sculpture of John Chamberlain may make you want to laugh.

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The Guardian

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If it was there on the first page of a book – editor: Kaye Webb – it was worth nagging whichever parent was in tow to please cough up.

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Publishers Weekly

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Auntie Bibba wants to squeeze the baby, Uncle Didi wants to kiss him, Nannie and Gran-Gran want to eat him and the baby's cousins want to fight him-all because they love him SO much.

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A baby boy is showered with love during a family party. In this exuberant picture book.... Vibrant gouache paintings capture all the warmth of this close-knit group, said PW in a starred review. A

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Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that this book introduces family members assembling for a joyous birthday gathering.

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