WHAT I LIKE MOST, by Mary Murphy, Illustrated by Zhu Cheng-Liang, Candlewick Press

There’s this, and this, and this…

In a lyrical story by Mary Murphy, gorgeously illustrated by award-winning artist Zhu Cheng-Liang, a child offers an ode to her favorite things — and people.

What I like most in the world is my window. This morning, through my window, I see the postman at the red gate. . . .

A little girl observes, one by one, the things that give her pleasure — the apricot jam on her toast, the light-up shoes that make her feet bounce, the sparkling river, the pencil whose color comes out like a ribbon. But even after the jar becomes empty, and the shoes grow too small, and the pencil is all used up, one thing will never change. In a tenderly imagined story, Mary Murphy celebrates the intimacy of the bond between mother and child, while Zhu Cheng-Liang’s wonderfully inviting artwork brings the day-to-day details to life.

Out April 2020

32 Pages


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

In typical childish style, the story is sweet and fickle, jumping from one thing to the next showing a love for so much. The ending is so wonderful for any child to relate to and the book would serve best being read together with mom. I love the artwork, Zhu’s illustrations are colorful and complimentary to the story. There is so much in the world to fascinate and entice a child and their imagination even by looking through a window. The author’s voice is genuine but at times seems older than it should, yet, she manages to reign it in so as not to spoil the innocent wonder of the story.

I loved this book and gave it:

Five star rating – shiny golden stars

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