Sunday, April 2, 2023

*Review* Love Will Turn You Around by Mary Munson

Genre: Children's 4-8 years
Published: April 4, 2023
Pages: 32 

Some days everything seems wrong, and life can make you feel . . . bent out of shape.

Love Will Turn You Around, readers are reminded of the power of friendship and positivity to turn a frown upside down and make things right again. Kids are encouraged to persevere during difficult times as they witness Heart’s determination to overcome his struggles to fit in with the other shapes. Cheers are sure to follow as Heart remembers what matters most and embraces the strength within to turn things around not only for himself, but others, too.

With bright, engaging illustrations that showcase primary and secondary colors and a text that cleverly introduces basic shape properties, 
Love Will Turn You Around is the perfect addition to preschool and elementary classrooms and libraries.

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

This is a short story about shapes, essentially. You see, there is a heart (the shape we're all used to seeing, not an actual human heart) that just wants to do the things the other shapes do, but can't, because it's shaped wrong for those activities. To make matters worse for our friend Heart, they started out the day feeling pretty blue. In the end, Heart feels better and helps another shape that doesn't have the same shape dynamics feel better about themself too. 

The illustrations in this book were funny and colorful, showing the shapes playing games on the playground like going down the slide. It was the most interesting to see Heart trying to twist itself to participate in different activities, but that might be because I'm a bit evil. I wouldn't personally want to read this book too many times because it was fairly boring, but it would definitely be helpful to teach shapes to small children. Overall I give this book 3.86 out of 5 stars. - Katie

Kate Talbot is an Australian-born, New Zealand-based children's book writer and illustrator. Her first picture book, written at age eight, was a reinterpretation of Little Red Riding Hood, which promptly landed her in detention for its cheeky nature. The reprimand only served to inspire a love for tongue-in-cheek humor, which Kate now strives to infuse in her stories and art. As an illustrator, she works digitally and loves to create rambunctious characters and images flooded with color. To learn more about Kate visit

Mary Munson has been an early childhood special education teacher for more than twenty years. She earned her undergraduate degree in English, fueled by a love of reading and creative writing. She then earned graduate degrees in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education, fueled by her desire to play and be in a sandbox. When she is not making mud pies, she enjoys spending time with her family, doing yoga, camping or lounging by a crackling fire with friends. She doesn't take anything too seriously and always appreciates a good belly laugh. Mary is grateful to be able to put more love out into the world. For more about Mary visit

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