I'll Love You Always by Mark Sperring
  

I'll Love You Always

Written by Mark Sperring
Illustrated by Alison Brown

Baby and Toddler   3+ readers   
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The passage of time and the everlasting nature of a parent’s love for a child are intertwined in this charming picture book. Big Mouse answers Little Mouse’s question ‘how long will you love me?’ using the natural world to demonstrate the passage of time as day and night and the seasons come and go. We see the two playing together in the spring sunshine, on a beach in the hot sun, and as the leaves fall from the trees; throughout Big Mouse repeats the assertion that ‘as you grow bigger, my love stays the same,’ assuring the child that ‘loving you forever’ is what mummies and daddies do best; the final image of the two embracing under the starry sky tenderly reproduces the message in a picture. ~ Andrea Reece

Synopsis

I'll Love You Always by Mark Sperring

How long will I love you? A second is too short. A second is no time for a love of this sort. A minute is no better, for minutes fly by! They're gone in a moment like a sweet butterfly.

Moving through the day, the seasons and then the years, this ode to everlasting love will reassure children and bring a lump to the throat of parents.

About the Author

Mark Sperring

MARK SPERRING studied at Bath Academy of Art and Camberwell College of Art before working as a printer and a bookseller, and later becoming a children's book author. Mark is the author of The Shape of My Heart, Snappy Birthday, Dino Mummy, Dino Baby, Dino Daddy and My Little Star. He lives in Bristol.

An Interview with Mark Sperring

What are your 5 favourite books, and why?

Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson for combining two of my favourite things Moomins AND snow!

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak for its perfection.

The Little Prince for the fox who wanted to be tamed.

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee for much too many reasons to list.

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates for inducing a tear.

Who are your 5 favourite authors/illustrators, and why?

Maurice Sendak for writing and illustrating the ultimate picture book

Tove Jansson not only for her amazing black and white line drawing but for her strange and beautiful stories.

Toon Telegen for creating a world populated by letter writing creatures.

Paul Auster for his ability to turn a story on its head in one breath taking sentence.

Richard Yates for creating characters that still linger in my mind.

What was your favourite book when you were a child?

Gobbilino the Witches Cat by Ursula Moray Williams.

Who is your favourite hero in a book?

Little My from the Moomins.

Who is your favourite villain in a book?

Little My from the Moomins!

If you could be a character from a book who would you be?

Mr Nilsson so I could hang out with Pipi Longstocking.

If you could recommend just one book for everyone to read what would it be?

To Kill a Mocking Bird.

What book do you wish you had written?

The Dictionary, if only to be better at spelling and a world champion scrabble player.

Who or what was your biggest influence in deciding to become a writer?

Words and how they fit together.

What inspired you to write your latest book?

The Shape of My Heart was inspired whilst drawing around my hand!

What's the best thing you've ever written?

I don't know about best, but the one I have a special connection to is a story about a girl and a mouse, there's a lot of 'Me' in it.

When did you start writing?

In earnest about 20 years ago.

If someone wanted to be a writer what would be your number one tip for them?

Don't give up!

Is there any particular routine involved in your writing process (favourite pen, lucky charm, special jumper)?

I'm an early bird writer-mornings are best!

Do you have any abandoned stories in your ‘bottom drawer’ that you would like to revisit?

None of them are abandoned, they're just biding their time and only appear to be collecting dust...

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
32 pages
Interest Age: To 5

Author

Mark Sperring
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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

12th January 2017

ISBN

9781408873335

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