Kid's Reviews
By Lyda Whiting



By Marianne Richmond
This charming book manages to be silly and touching at the same time, a rare and welcome combination in a children’s picture book. With a simple question-and-answer format, the book describes the powerful love of a parent for their child. Children often worry they will only be loved when they are being “good,” and that if they are sick, or if they misbehave, they will lose the love of their parents. This book reminds the child that love does not depend on their behavior or their mood; a parent’s love is steady and endless. Brilliant as a star, “quiet as midnight,” that love surrounds the child like a warm hug.

The colorful acrylic paintings that illustrate the book are appealing, with a wonderful child-like yet professional quality. The adults and children pictured are full of energy and life, though not ethnically diverse, and match the prose well.

Author and illustrator, Marianne Richmond, has used her unique prose and enchanting artwork to great effect in this self-published book dedicated to her four children. They are obviously the inspiration for her successfully expressing the amazing love of a parent for their child.

This book reassures each child that on good days and bad, they are always loved unconditionally. This is a great book to share with a special child at quiet time or bedtime. Recommended for ages 2 and up.

Published by Marianne Richmond Studios, Inc., this book is available at your local bookstore or

Postcards, Notes and Coupons
to Connect with Your Kids
By Marianne Richmond
A companion item to “I Love You So...”, this book features 50 postcards, lunch notes, and coupons for parents to share with their children. Illustrated with Marianne Richmond’s unique acrylic paintings, these colorful items can be pulled out of the book and personalized for a special child.

Children love to receive mail of their own, and the postcards are a wonderful way to keep in touch when a parent is separated from a child, or to just send an extra hug through the mail. The lunch notes can be tucked into a lunch box, or left on a pillow or next to the toothpaste for a child to discover.

The coupons will be a favorite with children, including fun things like a trip to the park or the library, as well as special activities like family game night and staying up late. These coupons may lead your child to create their own unique versions tailored to your family’s special moments. They may inspire you to help your child create coupons as special presents for siblings, parents, and grandparents. (One of my son’s preschool teachers did this for Mother’s Day one year, and it was a huge hit!)

Love-U-Grams would make a great Mother’s or Father’s Day gift, as a matter of fact. It is a fun and easy way to connect with the special child in your life.

Published by Marianne Richmond Studios, Inc., this book is available at your local bookstore or

Music for Children (CD)
By Shad Weathersby
What child could resist chomping along to the rhythmic title track, about a hungry caterpillar?  There is a silly tune about Ralph the disobedient cockroach, who ignores the rules and splashes in puddles in his six yellow rain boots. The blues-influenced “Elephant Jones” and the tribute to “sausage dogs” will get everybody giggling.

The best songs here are the fun ones, including an ode to the color yellow, and a cheerful sunshine song to chase the clouds away. But for those in an educational mood, there are two songs about traveling the world and a bouncy calendar song. The album ends with the sweet and melancholy “In My Room.”

This lively CD contains a dozen original songs by singer-songwriter-guitarist, Shad Weathersby. Children sing the background and harmony vocals, creating a kid-friendly sound that encourages singing along. The music, played by Weathersby and a variety of professional musicians, is mostly acoustic guitar and percussion, with flute and saxophone on a few tracks.

Weathersby regularly performs at grade schools, fairs, and children’s expos, getting the children in the audience involved whenever possible. His extensive musical background includes several groups as well as solo work, and three previous albums. This is his first album for children.

This will be a great addition to a child or teacher’s music collection. Recommended for ages four to ten.

Published by Singing Rock Records, this CD is available at your local music store or at

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