I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I Will Love You Forever is a picture book in Tatsuya Miyanishi’s Tyrannosaurus series. My girls have enjoyed reading the other books in this series, so I was looking forward to sharing it with them.
The story begins with a female Maiasaura finding an egg in the forest. She brings it home to her own egg, and sits on both eggs until they hatch. She is a little alarmed when the egg she found hatches into a Tyrannosaur, but she is determined to raise both babies as her own. She calls the baby Maiasaura “Light” and she calls the baby Tyrannosaur “Heart”.
The crux of the story is Heart discovering what he really is, and the subsequent fallout from this revelation. This is the story of a mother’s love, and a son’s devotion to his mother. Throw in a healthy dose of nature vs. nurture, and you have an emotionally charged picture book about dinosaurs.
The illustrations are bright and colorful. Miyanishi prefers a more subdued color scheme, which makes sense when dealing with the rustic world of dinosaurs. Figures are rendered in a fairly primitive style, much like a child might draw. I have to admit, this is one of my favorite artistic styles when it comes to picture books.
My girls are venturing into the middle years of elementary school, and they prefer novels for personal reading nowadays. That said, they do appreciate a good picture book, and they love these dinosaur stories. They enjoyed this book, but they said it was very sad. They actually got a little misty-eyed at the end!
I would recommend I Will Love You Forever. This book will hold special appeal to fans of dinosaurs, but the layered story will broaden the appeal to a general audience. I would caution parents that this book might be a bit much for sensitive children. This book would probably be best for older preschoolers and children in the early years of elementary school.