I Love You More Than Ice Cream

by Becky Davies (Author) Lala Watkins (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

In this funny bedtime book, celebrate the love between a child and her family as she is tucked in each night with smiles, hugs--and plenty of humorous comparisons to unicorns, chocolate, doughnuts, and dinosaurs!

It's time for bed, but this lucky young girl has a very special and different way to do it every night! Mommy tucks her in and says she loves her more than unicorns, chocolate fountains, doughnuts, and Ferris wheels shaped like pizzas. Grandpa loves her more than friendly aliens, and the little girl loves her grandpa more than dinosaurs in ballroom gowns on Mars. And Daddy loves her more than rainbow capes and castles made of flowers. A sweet, funny book to share with a little one at bedtime!

School Library Journal

PreS-K--The "I love you more than" game gets fanciful treatment in this bright and bubbly bedtime book. A young narrator takes us through her bedtime routine each night of the week with a different caregiver: Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, and even the family dog--for whom she takes on the role of caregiver. The rhyming, repetitive prose showcases imagination and silliness through a familiar set of rituals every child will recognize: "Mommy loves me more than doughnuts dancing in high heels/ But I reply 'I love you more than pizza Ferris Wheels.'" Other family members imagine dinosaurs and aliens, dancing animals, pirates and narwhals, castles and superheroes. Watkins's colorful illustrations pop off the page and bring the elaborate scenarios to life, including "dinosaurs in ballroom dresses sewn in stars" and "a conga line with happy, dancing cats" among others. Her depiction of color and motion combined with the exuberance of Davies's text accurately evoke the energy of a kid at that time of night. VERDICT A perfect book to be savored again and again in the lap of a loved one, this delightful story deserves a place on most library shelves.--Kristy Pasquariello

Copyright 2022 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Becky Davies
Becky Davies is the author of the award-winning Little Turtle and the Sea, among many other children's books. When she's not writing, Becky likes to spend time outdoors in her garden or going on adventures with her dog, Moon. She lives in the South West of England.

Jennie Poh was born in London and spent her formative years in Malaysia, returning to the UK at the age of nine. She fell in love with the Norfolk countryside, and feels a deep connection with nature and conservation which influences her work. Jennie now lives in Surrey with her two daughters and two marmalade cats.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Tiger Tales
Publication date
February 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV039050 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emotions & Feelings
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
JUV013000 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | General
JUV057000 - Juvenile Fiction | Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Stories in rhyme
Family life

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