Before going to sleep a little girl decides to question her mother and find out just how much she loves her. She thinks of dozens of scary or smelly creatures and asks her mother repeatedly if she would still love her if she were one of those undesirable characters.
The girl asks "what if I were a super smelly skunk, and I smelled so bad my name was Stinky Face?"
To which her mother replies, "Then I would give you a bath and sprinkle you with sweet-smelling powder. And if you still smelled bad, I wouldn't mind, and I would hold you tight and whisper in your ear, I love you Stinky Face."
Intermingled with the fun and whimsy are some really endearing pages.
For example, later in the story the little girl then gets a bit dramatic and asks, "But Mama, but Mama, what if I were a swamp creature with slimy, smelly seaweed hanging from my body, and I couldn't ever leave the swamp or I would die?"
To which her mother lovingly replies, "Then I would build a house right next to the swamp, and I would stay with you and take care of you always. And when you splashed to the surface, I would say, I love you my slimy little swamp monster."
Although this book is adorable and fun to read with your kids, I would make sure they are old enough not to be frightened by some of the illustrations. We loved reading it and hope you do too.
The paperboard copy can be purchased for about $7-9 on Amazon.com or at Barnes and Noble .