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I Love You Like Crazy Cakes Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-09-11 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 92 user ratings
ISBN:0316525383
LANGUAGE:English

"I wanted to enjoy this one more than I did. It was a touching story. However, it also felt as if the reader was being forced into an invasion of the daughter's privacy as the book is essentially a letter from mother to daughter. Maybe it's made for a social media generation where every personal detail of someone's life is posted on the internet for all to see?

After that, there's some disturbing sentences in the book, e.g. the infant 'pretends to sleep' just to get a break from her overwhelming new mother? That can't be good... Lewis might benefit from some counselling and likely her daughter would now too.

The book was OK but not spectacular.
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"This was a drive-by read for me. I don’t have children so don’t find myself reading children’s books on a regular basis. However, I walked past a display of children’s books and was drawn in by the title: I Love You Like Crazy Cakes.

The book itself is a hardboard book, perfect for toddlers or young people who are still learning how to be gentle with books. This is a very touching story about a mother who flew to China to adopt a little girl and how quickly she fell in love with her upon meeting her. The end of the book also acknowledges the little girl’s Chinese mother and her roots. The end message is one of love. It was very sweet.
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"I've always heard this book mentioned, so when my friend adopted a baby girl I decided to purchase it for her. I was disappointed. The illustrations were dull and uninteresting. The text was also on the same bland level.

The book only mentions a mother. Not really a problem since there are a lot of single parent adoptions, but my friend has a hubby and he felt left out. So she fixed this by typing up some cute little text and gluing it in the book. So, issue resolved for her.

So PROS for the book:

Deals w/ international adoption

CONS:

Lackluster illustrations
Text was flat and did not hold child's attention
A little sad at the end (not necessarily bad, but I'm just throwing out a warning about it).









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"Summary: This book is based on the true story of the author, who adopts a baby girl from China. While reading, you follow her journey through paperwork, the flight, being in the orphanage to finally being home with her new baby.

Reading Level: 2nd-5th

Genre: Picture Book

Topic: International Adoption

Use: Independent Reading & Read Aloud

Social Issues: Adoption

Literary Terms: This book shows sequence of events perfectly. You follow the author's adoption process step by step. If one step was taken out, the story wouldn't be complete.

Text/images: The illustrations are light pastel colors, which go along with the baby theme. These illustrations make this book complete.
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"This is a cute book about adoption and the ultimate reconciliation between the birth family and the adopted family, and I'm sure it's valuable for children to have some look at their parents' view of the adoption. The illustrations are also beautiful. That said, at times I felt that the book's story was more generic than specific--this could be any adoption story (or at least any adoption story where the baby comes from China), and I wanted a better idea of how this mother and daughter, in particular, found and loved each other. I think it's a great take on an "issue book" and will aid conversations about adoption, but I'm not sure what appeal it would have for children still with their birth parents--the story just doesn't seem strong enough to carry the book outside of its specific target audience." said.

"I Love You Like Crazy Cakes is Rose Lewis's love letter to her adopted Chinese daughter, documenting Lewis's desire for a baby, the adoption process and the journey home. The story is mostly sweet and tender, and those moods are emphasized by Jane Dyers wonderful illustrations. However I found several lines in the book to be jarringly dispruptive. One of these, the most jarring, is "How did someone make this perfect match a world away? Did the Chinese people have a special window to my soul." Having several friends spend years working on the adoption process, I also wondred about Lewis's timeline: "I wrote a letter to officials in China...Months later I received a letter...that said I could adopt you." I realize Lewis is focusing on the emotions of the event and not the process, but she does make adption seem very easy - write a letter, get a baby." said.

" While the artwork in Jane Dyer's book "I love you like Crazy Cakes" is pretty standard fare although the watercolor style is nice to look at. The story by Rose Lewis involves a mother who desires a baby and travels to China to adopt. In other words, this tale's heart is in the right place. The setup is a mother explaining to the baby how she became a part of the family. The mom wanted a baby and the baby (in a room full of other infants waiting to be adopted) instinctively desired to have a mom. " said.

" A beautiful, child-friendly book about Chinese adoption written in the second-person from a mother to her daughter. Illustrations are adorable. Couldn't manage to read this one aloud without choking up a bit! " said.

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