I Review Children's Books: Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You
This is a book about how there is no escape from the speaker’s love, none, no matter what you do. The unseen, unnamed speaker’s love will find you even if you climb the tallest tree (the speaker’s love can fly!) or try to escape into the depths of the ocean (the speaker’s love can swim!). “There’s no place, not one, that my love can’t find you,” the speaker says from the shadows. NO PLACE, NOT ONE.
The illustrations appear to have been made with stock photos in photoshop, and the aesthetic suggests the designer aspired to a job designing greeting cards in Hallmarks “cloying, yet generic” division; the artwork is bad, but in a forgettable way. What you will never, ever forget if you read this book even one time, is that the speaker’s love is always watching you, “always right there, even when you’re asleep.”
Representation: The child in the illustrations is faceless, gender neutral, and shown from a distance and at odd angles, almost as if the artist was trying to capture them while lurking behind a tree. Though somewhat indistinct, the child does appear to be white and able-bodied. There are no other humans in the book.
Should you buy it: If you are stalking someone, this would be a great choice to mail to your victim anonymously, perhaps with a nice handmade card containing a message composed of letters cut from magazines. Otherwise, no, it is terrifying. If you are in the former category, click the link below to give The Scold a percentage of your sale! (NB: The Scold does not condone stalking.)
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