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I Love You Like Crazy Cakes Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-08-27 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 92 user ratings
ISBN:0316525383
LANGUAGE:English

"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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"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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"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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"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.

"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.

"Reviewed by Me for Kids @ TeensReadToo.com

With I LOVE YOU LIKE CRAZY CAKES, author Rose Lewis brings to lifer her true story of adopting a baby from China. What begins as a letter to Chinese officials ends with bringing home a baby girl, to the delight of her new mother and extended family.

Jane Dyer's illustrations are soft and dreamy, and perfectly compliment the story of Rose and her daughter, Alexandra Mae-Ming Lewis. From that first time of holding her new daughter, to the first night alone back in America, the feelings of love and devotion are evident on every page.

Although this is a book sure to appeal to parents who have adopted children from other countries, specifically China, it's a great story for any child, adopted or not. In fact, my daughter was especially enamored by the book, since it was her first introduction as to what adoption truly means.

Great as a bedtime or any time story, it's no wonder that I LOVE YOU LIKE CRAZY CAKES is well on its way to becoming a children's classic.
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"This touching story of a young woman’s journey to a far-away land is compelling and worrisome, yet joyous in the end. Although we do not know the young woman’s name, or the baby’s name, we have a sense that it could be any mother and child. All that truly matters is the love of parent for a child and child’s love for a parent, supplemented by the extended family’s love through support and acceptance.
This young mother wanted a child to love for as long as she could remember and so, many miles away, through the clouds that connect this global community, she flew. She knew in her heart that China was the land of her daughter’s birth, and although so much distance lay between them, she felt a connectivity instantly to the little one that was put into her arms, as the baby touched her heart and spelled love with her eyes.
The love of a mother for a child, whether adopted or not, comes exploding though the story. For love to be true and heartfelt, biological connections do not have to exist. All that truly matters is the unconditional acceptance; belonging and a familial need to bond that is in a mother’s heart and soul.
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"I recently reread this story, and it is a beautiful book for any child's library. "I Love You Like Crazy Cakes" presents the adoptive process in a personal and touching way. At once multicultural and alternative in its approach to building a family (the narrator is a single Caucasian mother who has adopted a Chinese baby girl,)the story speaks of longing and mutual need and a perfect fit made across the oceans, not just by governmental authorities but seemingly by something deeper and far more spiritual ("How did this happen? How did someone make this perfect match a world away? Did the Chinese people have a special window to my soul?")

The importance of community is stressed: this is a single mother but she is not alone, and when she and her new baby land back home, they are greeted by the entire extended family and friends waiting with "lots of hugs and kisses."

A poignant addition to the book comes on the last page, when the adoptive mother sheds tears for the Chinese mother who could not keep her daughter, and hopes that this birth mom somehow knows that her baby is "safe and happy in the world".
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