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Full, Full, Full of Love
Contributor(s): Cooke, Trish, Howard, Paul (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763638838     ISBN-13: 9780763638832
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
    OUR PRICE: $4.50  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: September 2008
Annotation: For young Jay Jay, Sunday dinner at Gran's house is full of hugs and kisses, tasty dishes, all kinds of fishes, happy faces, and love.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Grandmothers; Fiction.
Dinners and dining; Fiction.
African Americans; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Multigenerational
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Emotions & Feelings
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2008029781
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 8.50" W x 0.25" (0.25 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 67710
Reading Level: 2.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Trish Cooke is the author of numerous books for children, including the award-winning SO MUCH, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, and THE GRANDAD TREE, illustrated by Sharon Wilson. Of FULL, FULL, FULL OF LOVE, she says, "Sunday dinner is just another excuse for my family to party. And believe me, we do! On Sunday Mom’s house is always full. It’s like musical chairs sometimes because you can guarantee that if you get up from your chair, someone else will have filled it by the time you get back! The best thing is there are always lots of hugs to go around!"

Paul Howard has illustrated many books for young people, including THE OWL WHO WAS AFRAID OF THE DARK by Jill Tomlinson and CLASSIC POETRY: AN ILLUSTRATED COLLECTION, edited by Michael Rosen. Of FULL, FULL, FULL OF LOVE, he says, "Jay Jay’s Sunday reminds me of my own nan’s mammoth Sunday dinners when I was a child. From behind your shoulder Nan would always put more food on your plate - despite the helpless pleas, ‘No more! No more!’ "

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2003 Fall)
This straightforward story of Jay Jay's Sunday afternoon at Grannie's (he arrives, he plays, he eats, he leaves) is also a tribute to extended families gathering over a meal. The text is brief and bouncy, and the brightly colored illustrations of Jay Jay and his African-American family have plenty of big-hearted personality. Copyright 2003 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2002 November #4)
Cooke's (So Much) rhythmic prose hits a magical note between chant and lullaby, and her tale conveys a bone-deep understanding of how children cherish familial ties. As Jay Jay helps his grandmother prepare for the extended family's Sunday dinner, he finds a comforting, often palpable abundance everywhere he looks. Grannie herself is "soft and warm and full,/ full of hugs and kisses./ Kiss, kiss./ Hugs and cuddles." When Grannie distracts an increasingly hungry Jay Jay with a visit to her fish tank, he notices that it, too, is "full,/ full of all kinds of fishes./ Splash, splish./ Wiggle, wiggle." Howard's (The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark) artwork throughout the book has an expansive, unbuttoned feel, but the spread for this latter vignette is particularly striking: he contrasts the grandmother and grandson's warm, coffee-toned skin and soft, chocolate eyes with the tropically-hued array swimming in front of them. When dinner finally appears on the table, Cooke shifts to rhyming couplets that fairly telegraph Jay Jay's anticipation ("There were buttery peas,/ chicken and yams,/ macaroni and cheese,/ potatoes and ham"). Howard similarly turns the mouth-watering meal into a feast for the eyes. Readers will find themselves joining Jay Jay in contentedly savoring the way a gathering of loved ones feels deliciously big and complete. Ages 2-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2003 February)
PreS-Gr 1-Jay Jay is dropped off at his grandmother's house while his mother goes to pick up Dad. Grannie's house is full of love, full of food, and full of family and friends. It is also full of interesting things to do and all of the attention an active boy needs. While Grannie prepares dinner, hungry Jay Jay distracts her over and over again. Experienced and unflappable, she keeps him busy setting the table, watching the fish in the tank, and looking out the window for expected guests. When everyone arrives, a wonderful feast is set out-chicken and yams, collard greens, biscuits, and much more. The text has a catchy rhythm and lots of descriptive words. The acrylic-and-pencil illustrations bring it all home. This family resemblance is clear in the depictions of these African-American relatives. Grannie's home is attractive and everything about her is comfortable-her slippers are soft and her armchair is cushiony. Pair this book with Cathryn Falwell's Feast for 10 (Clarion, 1993) in storytime or share it with someone alone. Just don't miss it.-Marlene Gawron, formerly at Orange County Library, Orlando, FL Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.