Love by Matt de la Pena


From Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long comes a story about the strongest bond there is and the diverse and powerful ways it connects us all. "In the beginning there is light and two wide-eyed figures standing near the foot of your bed and the sound of their voices is love....A cab driver plays love softly on his radiowhile you bounce in back with the bumps of the city and everything smells new, ...

Details Love

Release DateJan 9th, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Love, Family

Reviews Love

  • Elisabeth
    This book is so frigging fantastic, I can't stand it. Every single page is a thing of beauty. If you want all the feels, read Love. Plus, if you haven't read Matt de la Peña's essay called Why We Shouldn’t Shield Children From Darkness, you really should. It's beautiful and specifically mentions Love.
  • Beth
    This book is everything I hoped it would be.
  • Kara Belden
    Delaney loves "Love," so she gives it "twenty hundred" stars!!
  • Linda
    Yes, I finally got it, and yes, it is as beautiful as everyone has said and written and praised. Matt de la Pena infuses his words with loving scenes but has not made it all sweet and happy. He's acknowledged that sometimes love seems to hide and it's a challenge to look and look and still not find it. Then, it is found and feels very very good. In his fabulous illustrations, Loren Long has included people who live in different places, play in va...
  • Alicia
    This is one of those books that you read slowly and digest the words along with the gorgeous illustrations that enhance the words with powerful beauty. It's also the kind of book that you're sad that you can never go back and read for the first time again. It disappoints you. But you'll remember the first time you read it and the feelings that it evoked. de la Pena and Long focus on slices of life and how they are enhanced by love with the final ...
  • Paul Hankins
    Run, don't walk to LOVE. Read LOVE slowly. Share LOVE locally. Gift LOVE widely.
  • Rebecca
    Well, that was beautiful -- both in words and images. I appreciated the incredibly diverse depictions of people and even of love: that it isn't always sunshine and rainbows, but love that "flames out," that is "overlooked." Loren Long's art is created with "collaged monotype prints, acrylic paint, and pencil." Printmaking is somewhat rare in picture books, and monotypes especially.
  • Alison
    I think this book will appeal more to adults or more mature-thinking children than to young children and I think it difficult to write about love in a poetic way with which all will connect deeply. Overall, it is still a worthwhile piece of literature. I love most a few pages in the middle: 1) the child huddled under the piano as the parents fight while the text says sometimes a child finds out that people flame out like stars can...and 2)the ide...
  • Danielle H
    The artwork in this is lovely, as it the message, but it's hard to read this as a book a child would read or get on their own, which is a sticking point for me personally.
  • Evan
    Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2018: Read a one-sitting bookRead this book now. For real. Do it.
  • Shirley
    Better than I expected and I expected the world! I have been walking around the library sticking in this people's hands since I saw it.
  • Marianne
    Nice illustrations. I didn't care much for the text; I found it too saccharine for my tastes. It's the kind of book that will be gifted to high school grads come springtime.
  • Brenda Kahn
    Thoughtful meditation on love and all its facets. Beautifully illustrated featuring a multiculturally diverse cast of characters.
  • GraceAnne
    The words and the pictures are beautiful and fine, but what I love best about it is that somehow Matt de la Peña makes the simplest of words into an alchemy of the complexity of loves. Sometimes life is dark and scary, even for children - especially for children - but love is always there, somewhere. In ourselves. In the world. The images are soft-edged and glowing, even when dark. Many lives are in these pages, so children might see themselves ...
  • Betsy Wolf
    This one is being pushed like crazy by everybody, but it isn’t just hype. “Love” is a beautiful picture book that probably means more the older you are, but my 7 year old still latched onto the overriding concept of love. She even told me I skipped a page, picked up her dog, and said “Love is two furry ears and a wet nose and a cute puppy.” I loved the addition. I teared up at a couple of poignant moments. I’ll have to pull it togethe...
  • Ms. Alderete
    What is Love and where can one find it? De La Peña and Long do an excellent job working my tear ducts with this one. I’m this book, we are given a strong reminder that “all we need is love” and in the world of De La Peña, we simply have to look up to see it all around us. Beautifully stunning images paired with heartfelt words in a grand harmony.
  • Mississippi Library Commission
    Matt de la Pena and Loren Long are in perfect sync with this reflection of what love is. Love is all around us, in a multitude of different shades and experiences and packages, and this book was a joy to read. This beautiful picture book will leave your heart overflowing with bliss.
  • Kim
    I’m so happy to read this book! It’s wonderful to see “love” get a rich exploration, not a sugar-coated bon-bon. Love is the truth.
  • Carrie Gelson
    Everything. All the everything. Adore this book.
  • Megan
    This book is not only for children. Rather, it is for the part of a person that never ages, the piece we never really lose as we grow. Give it a read; you won't regret it. The story itself is beautiful, and Loren Longs illustrations bring it to life.
  • Aliza Werner
    Poetic, gentle, thoughtful, emotional...a gorgeous illustrated look at life and love.
  • Chance Lee
    A book about love and support and going forth and being brave knowing you are loved. I'm reading a lot of these types of books lately. This one is better than most, because it at least acknowledges that sometimes things are hard, but we must continue on with our lives anyway. Still, phrases like "color of your love" and "plays love on the radio" are a little too earnest for me.
  • Heidi
    This is a beautiful book about love and where it can be found. Love can be found in the glowing eyes of new parents, in the music on the radio, and the fresh air. Love can be found spending time with those we love in the memories we make in the world around us. Laughter can be love. There is a lot of imagery in this book both in the words and the illustrations. Imagery of making memories together, laughing together, sharing and helping each other...
  • Julie Kirchner
    Absolute perfection in story and illustrations, this new book by Matt de la Pena and Loren Long, is one that should be shared with young and old alike. Love can be found in the simplest of things, and sometimes in things unnoticed. But this much is true, we all deserve to know love. I predict great things for this book in 2018!
  • Susan
    I was looking forward to this book, but wound up pretty unimpressed. I read it at an elementary school literacy tutoring center where we read and discuss books with the students, and I didn't actually read this one with a kid, but I don't see how it will be very enjoyable for kids. It definitely plays on emotions and memories we only are truly aware of as adults. Because of that, it comes off to me as sentimental and almost pandering to adult rea...
  • Maura Murphy
    This realistic fiction book would be a great read aloud book for third graders. This story is all about love and all the different places you can see and find it in your daily life. Whether it is found with your family, in a hug when you need it most, or in your friendships, love is everywhere. Although love can be hard to recognize sometimes or seem like it cannot be found, looking for it in the simplest of places or in the people around you can...
  • Brittany Reese
    I really loved this book because the illustrations do a fantastic job representing diverse people from different socioeconomic backgrounds and ethnicities that a lot of people can relate to and/or identify with in the United States. I also really enjoyed how love and acts of love were represented and author's emphasis of how love can still be found in hard or scary times. This book best fits the genre of realistic fiction because anyone can easil...
  • Stephanie Tournas
    A book that starts with "In the beginning ..." risks comparison with another, much older book known to most. De la Peña's Love, however, is a stunning meditation on the many meanings of an elemental word that is often overused. Short lyrical text depicts the way love turns up in everyday interactions that are not featured in greeting cards: loss, poverty, urban life, and family strife. It shows diverse people - old & young, girls & boys, haves &...
  • Jenn Marshall
    I heard Love was a good book so I was excited to check it out. What I didn't expect was to see my childhood self on the pages. Diversity is important and as someone of European ancestry I see my race in most books, but diversity is so much more than race. This is the first childreb's book where I saw my childhood all of it, trailer parks, screaming parents, and storytelling uncles. The book is all about what love is. I think the biggest, most imp...
  • Heidi Burkhart
    Outstanding!This lovely picture book presents "love" in many different forms. The text is simple, and could be said to be poetic. I was extremely impressed by Long's illustrations. They create moods with subtle colors, and I was most impressed by the multicultural representation of people. One gets tired of books that attempt to be "multicultural" by presenting an Asian child and a Black child with white children in the foreground. This book was ...