I Love a Book Review

I Love a Book by Joe Rhatigan Book Review

I Love a Book by Joe Rhatigan is a picture book for children that instills the love of reading and books in children. It is the quintessential type of book that bibliophiles (like me) want to read with their kids. MoonDance Press | November 1, 2017 | Illustrated by Olga & Aleksey Ivanov | Hardcover | 28 pp

The illustrations are absolutely, positively gorgeous. They are magical and brilliant. Just take a look at one of the first drawings which spans both pages.

I Love a Book Review

Notice the line of people sitting down on the right plugged into their devices. Notice the drab coloration and bland expressions and compare that to the child with the open book. This is remarkably poignant depiction of the magic that flows through books and a perfect embodiment of the fundamental truth all bibliophiles are privy to: books open doors to amazing worlds.

I Love a Book is set in a simple rhyme for beginning readers. It shows through words and pictorial delights the different types of adventures a reader can take such as a journey into outer space to meet aliens or a step back in time to visit the ancient pyramids.

My daughter loved the imagery and I found that it piqued her curiosity on my beloved collection of rectangular objects. “Can books really take me places?” she asked me. “Oh, absolutely,” I replied. “No need to buy a ticket. Just buy a book.”

I Love a Book should be considered a must-have for every bibliophile raising children.


I Love a Book
by Joe Rhatigan

I Love a Book




Rebecca Skane

Rebecca Skane is the editor-in-chief for the Portsmouth Review. She holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree from Lawrence University in Wisconsin and resides in Portsmouth, NH with her husband and two children. She is the founder of The Portsmouth Book Club which boasts over 1,000 members. She also doubles as a professional escapist. Her genres are scifi and fantasy, both adult and young adult – but she often reads outside of her preferred genres. You can follow her on GoodReads. Aside from her love of good books, she is a professional website developer, content editor, and SEO expert. You can visit her web design and development site at RebeccaSkane.com.


  • Perfect gift for little ones. My kids are grown up but I wish these books were around when they were first starting out. Fortunately, I didn’t have to do much prodding in terms of getting them to read. They are my children after all, so of course they read. Lol.

    • My eldest is definitely a reader. The house is overloaded with books so he naturally became addicted. He’s only ten but he reads at a YA level and devours everything I give him. Love it!

  • Oh those illustrations are GORGEOUS! I’m going to have to make sure my nephew/nieces know about this one!!

  • Rebecca!! This book is marvelous… I need to read it with my nephew!! <3

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