I Love You More Than Cereal

Maeva and Dad Redefine Love

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Pub Date 02 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 01 Apr 2023

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This debut kid’s book of the Maeva and Dad Redefine series titled, I Love You More Than Cereal follows Maeva and Dad as they explore the true meaning of love and the amazing impact it can have on all of us if we take the time to redefine it.

Maeva really loves her cereal! Love can sometimes feel awesome, confusing, humbling, or just plain perfect. Can Maeva learn what it means to love her friends and family even more than she loves cereal? Join Maeva and her dad on their journey to explore the true meaning of love.

Breaking down principles in the original twelve-time, award-winning bestselling book Redefining Normal: How Two Foster Kids Beat The Odds and Discovered Healing, Happiness and Love for younger audiences, this book celebrates healthy love, family, community, parenthood, and the value of Black fathers. With vibrant illustrations and lovable characters, this book is sure to be a child’s favorite and enjoyed alongside family and friends with their favorite bowl of cereal! It will be enjoyed by children who love a good snack while exploring ideas of love, compassion and empathy.

Who do you love more than cereal? Features a “To” and “From” personalization page, making this sweet offering an ideal gift for baby showers, holidays, birthdays, and more!

“I can’t wait to purchase books for everyone! It will be in baby presents for years to come! You two have really nailed it! I wish I was back at school to share it with the kids on my caseload! I love the illustrations, especially the thought bubbles which coincidentally could lead to a conversation about the difference of thinking and doing.”

This debut kid’s book of the Maeva and Dad Redefine series titled, I Love You More Than Cereal follows Maeva and Dad as they explore the true meaning of love and the amazing impact it can have on all...

Advance Praise

“I can’t wait to purchase books for everyone! It will be in baby presents for years to come! You two have really nailed it! 

“I can’t wait to purchase books for everyone! It will be in baby presents for years to come! You two have really nailed it! 

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ISBN 9798986577302
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This absolutely precious book speaks love into the heart of the reader and listener. Laced with the theme of what love truly is, it is a treasure to have on any shelf all year round. We definitely enjoyed reading this book.

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This title is a pretty strong statement; I mean, there are some top-tier cereals out there, and to say you love someone more than that is a big deal. Needless to say, I had to read this book.

I Love You More Than Cereal is a book that reconsiders what love is and how it looks and feels to others. in a child-appropriate way. When the main character gets a new bike, she's thrilled to take it out and show it off. But her motivations aren't quite where they should be, and a conversation with her dad helps her understand things better. Instead of showing off, she's able to talk about what makes her feel loved and how she can share that with the people she cares about most. In the end, she understands it's not only about feeling love, but also about matching your actions as well.

I love the dedication of this book, which really sets the tone that the book intends to help children understand that they should define what love means to them rather than letting society dictate that. This is brought to life in the conversation, which borrows from the bible verse 1 Corinthians 13. I appreciated that while the basis of the conversation is in this verse, it's not blatant unless you're already familiar.

​The illustrations are digital illustrations and are quirky and bright. They fit well with the overall character of the book.

Overall, I enjoyed I Love You More Than Cereal, and would definitely add this to a child's library.

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This is my new favorite book! The explanations on love are perfect! The author really shows truly what love is. How to show it, how to give it. I cannot recommend this book enough!

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This book was excellent! My five year old son really enjoyed it and seemed to be absorbing the message. The pictures were simple and cute and complimented the story nicely.

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Thank you to the authors and publisher for the e-ARC via NetGalley.

I read this story to my daughter, and while she’s a little young to really understand the message, she did enjoy the beautiful artwork. I thought the message was very nice and easy for young children to follow. I will certainly read this to her again! And like my daughter, I also loved the art style.

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What an absolutely adorable story! Maeva learns about feeling love and showing love to others. It reminds me of the bible verse that tells us love is patient and love is kind.

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A cute book about defining love! It was a really cute book for young children with colorful illustrations.

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I Love You More Than Cereal centres around young Maeva and her dad as they redefine what love means. Maeva's dad teaches her that love is not just how you feel but also how you act. Using easy-to-follow concepts like riding a bike with friends and accidentally spilling milk, Maeva learns that love is in forgiveness, sharing, and patience, not just happiness and warmth. 

What can often feel forced and contrived is spectacularly delivered in this adorable book paired with bright and whimsical illustrations showing Maeva's thoughts. Both Maeva's vibrant personality and her dad's gentle kindness radiate off the page, as does the powerful message that love is all in the way you treat people. 

Justin and Alexis Black promote healthy relationships, sensitivity and understanding through this sweet conversation between father and child in a relatable and engaging way for young children to understand.

Children and their adults will be sure to enjoy Maeva's uplifting story and have their own conversations about what love means to them and how they show it to those around them. 

I Love You More Than Cereal is part of a series, and I will definitely be seeking out the next book.

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This is a great story about what it means to love. The connection to how her parents love her and what she can do to show love to her friends is a great kid friendly explanation. It discusses the point that sometimes others don't show us love, but we need to still show it to others.

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This book was a cute a wholesome book!
the all over message of love is laced into every page.
And the illustrations that accompany the message are beautiful and sweet.
i loved reading this to my kids before bed.
This book is the perfect addition to every childs nightly routine.

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This is such a sweet story that highlights how we can all feel and show love, to ourselves and others. With a very relatable example to help kids understand, I loved the explanation that Dad gives to Maeva about that "love is not only how we feel... love is also what we do". And what kid cannot understand what it means to share your favourite cereal! A powerful yet simple message that even young kids can understand and enjoy!
Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in return for an honest review.

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I Love You More Than Cereal is an adorable children's book with an important message. It teaches children that love means more than how we feel. It's also about what we do. My boys are a little too young to understand the full message but they understood that we should treat those we love with kindness. They also enjoyed the beautiful illustrations.

This would be the perfect book for the classroom and early readers.
Thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for allowing me to be an early reader. All opinions are my own.

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Thanks so much for the ARC NetGalley!

This was so very, very cute! The art style is perfect, and I love how it broke love down into terms a kid would understand - it's enjoying hot wings, but it's also sharing your hot wings to make them happy too!

This is definitely a book I would and will buy for my 3 year old - well done!

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a sweet story about true definition of love, and the fact that this book dedicated to their daughter is making it even more meaningful!

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A lovely book with beautiful illustrations. The way love is explained is simple and easy enough to understand for younger readers. This would be a great read to share with your young ones to discuss love and what it means to them.

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"I Love You More Than Cereal" is a precious story about a dad and daughter discussing what love means. It is a great resource for introducing young children to the concept of love. The illustrations are adorable, and I love the casual representation of an interracial family. This is a great choice for early readers and I would absolutely purchase it for the young children in my life.

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

This is a short story about a girl learning what it means to feel love but also what it means to show love. She has big plans to show off her new bike and not share any of her candy with the kids at the park because they treated her poorly the week before, but her dad helps her to realize that that wouldn't be the nice thing to do. It uses examples that kids can really relate to in order to get the point across as well.

I remember the illustrations being very pink while still showing the things being discussed between Maeva and her dad. This is a book I could read a few times, especially because the message is a good one and I believe it's relatable for kids. Overall I give this book 4.37 out of 5 stars.

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Such a sweet story. I review kid books with my young children. My 4yo picked this one based on the cover. The story kept her attention and had her staying engaged and asking questions a long the way. We love when stories feature dad + kiddos! Amusingly my daughter was most excited about the author photo. She is learning about people’s jobs at school and said “did they write this book together? That’s a fun idea!”. Congratulations to Justin + Alexis Black.

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I Love You More Than Cereal is an adorable, conversation-promoting story. Lovely illustrations, great messaging about what love means and ways to show our love.

Thank you to BooksGoSocial and NetGalley for this ARC!

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<i> <b> "That's the thing about love, Maeva," </b> Dad said. <b> "It doesn't wait until everyone else deserves it. If we love others only when they are deserving, then who would ever be loved?"</b> </i>

Maybe I love this book more than cereal as well. Maybe.

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I love you more than cereal was a super cute book. I loved the title of the book as my seven-year-old loves cereal, and he loved this book just as much as I did.

It's a dad and daughter duo showing his daughter that there is more to i love you than the word itself. He talks about forgiveness and sharing being forms to show your love. This book was charming, and I can not wait to pick up a physical copy for my son.

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I Love You More Than Cereal is such a great book to teach children what it means to be selfless and love even when others might not be deserving. I also thought it was great to have a father in the light teaching right from wrong. All in all I think it was a good read that my children and I all enjoyed. Will definitely be keeping an eye out for more from these authors.

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I think Maeva and her dad has a really great conversation about what love is, what I means to feel love, and how to act when you do feel it. It’s a great conversation to have with your kids.

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I absolutely adored it so much!

This book celebrates healthy love, family, community, parenthood, and the value of fathers.

It highlights just how important it is to know the real, true meaning of love & not just surface level love.
Love is giving & not just taking. Love is not manipulative.

So beautifully written and inspirational, for those of all ages, not just children.

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