Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Review: A Pinch of Love by Barry Timms


Genre: Children's (4-7)
Published: December 6, 2022
Pages: 32

In this beautiful story told in rhyming verse, a boy and his grandmother, are preparing for a big neighborhood bake-off. See the loving (and sticky!) moments of their tender relationship, along with the many other warm bonds that exist within their community.

Barry Timms’ gentle text skillfully links these loving moments with the love that is represented by the food, while Tisha Lee’s 
lush illustrations give real depth to this vibrant and diverse neighborhood.

This book is a warm and charming tale, 
perfect for Valentine’s Day and beyond.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review.

This was a cute little story about being kind to other people, even when it's difficult. The rhyming flowed fairly well throughout, although there were a couple spots where I felt the word choice seemed a little odd just to make the rhymes work, but it wasn't particularly jarring or terribly out of place. 

The illustrations were alright. They didn't really appeal to me, but I imagine a young child would be a little drawn to them. 

This is a book that I wouldn't have wanted to read to my children every night, but I wouldn't have minded reading it occasionally. So overall I give A Pinch of Love 4 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Barry Timms is an award-winning storyteller and enjoys the way that books bring people together. He grew up in the rolling, rugged Cornish landscape but now lives by an old water tower in South London and is a city boy at heart. Barry can often be found with pencil in hand, writing or drawing or both. Most exciting of all is putting words and images together, and the surprising results that can happen. Barry likes road movies, ghost trains and exploring forgotten side streets.

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