The Boy Who Loved Everyone

£12.99

Dimitri leans his head on Liam and tells him that he loves him. He says ‘I love you’ to the class guinea pig, the paintbrushes, Big Andrew and Little Bea.’  When he tells the old man on the park bench that he loves him, the old man snaps, ‘Who are you calling old?’

Although Dimitri tells everyone and everything that he loves them, no-one says it back. By the evening, he whispers, ‘I love you, Mum’. He doesn’t want to go to school the next day. Mum puts on his coat and wraps ‘him up warm.’ They watch the old man on the bench feed tuna to the cats. Mum explains how people have different ways of showing how they feel. She suggests ‘Your love spreads out and grows in new places.’ 

This is a beautifully researched and considered picture book. The pictures are naturalistic in their content and attitude. We travel along Dimitri’s day and see his school, tree, classroom and people as he sees them. There is such warmth and empathy in this story, and such joy in Dimitri’s delight in his world. I Love You ‘The Boy Who Loved Everyone’.

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The Boy Who Loved Everyone

Jane Porter and Maisie Paradise Shearring

(Walker Books)– hardback

Dimitri is ‘The Boy Who Loved Everyone’. He says I love you to Sophie, Stella and Sue at morning play. He tells the tree with the heart-shaped leaves, ‘I love you, tree.‘ ‘I love you, Berthe,’ says Dimitri when Berthe serves a huge pile of pudding. However, by bedtime he whispers, ‘I love you, Mum’. The next morning, he doesn’t want to go to school.
Although Dimitri has told everyone and everything that he loves them, ‘no one said it back’. Mum explains how ‘people have lots of different ways of showing how they feel.’ They watch the old man feed tuna to the cats. They see Berthe wave across the park and give a big smile. Meanwhile the tree is full of singing birds that Sophie Still and Sue are feeding. Can he join them?
We love Jane Porter’s and Maisie Paradise Shearring’s individual works, from King Otter to Hello, Monster! ‘The Boy Who Loved Everyone‘ is a special title. We appreciate the theme and message of the story and follow Dimitri’s loving, learning journey along the way. The story is empathetic and accessible, aided by warm, inclusive, busy, natural pictures. Bookwagon loves and recommends this very special picture book.

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