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I Loathe You

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  271 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Unconditional loathing is monsterly love in this sweetly humorous picture book.

Just how much does Big Monster loathe Little Monster? Let it count the ways....
I loathe you more than tooth decay
More than blizzard snow in May
More than garbage in a dump
More than splinters in my rump
No matter what, through thick and thin, I loathe you there and back again!
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Hardcover, 24 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Aladdin
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ADORABLE. In a nasty, ugly, opposite-of-everything sort of way. Clever, and just adorable.

Little Monster quizzes Big Monster on how much he is loved--whoops, I mean loathed, which, in the monster world, is the same thing as loved, apparently. Big Monster happily reassures Little Monster that he is loathed "more than chicken pox, more than stinky, sweaty socks. More than garbage in a dump, or splinters sticking in my rump". Wow. That's a lot.

Big Monster lets Little know that nothing he could ev
A funny, cute twist on the traditional "I'll always love you" picture books, this features a parent and child monster talking about their deep and everlasting loathing for one another. They loathe one another more than all the remarkably disgusting (aka "wonderful" in a monster's view) things in the world! Awwwe ;-)
Mar 27, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a humorous take on familial feelings featuring monsters. Children will giggle as the story features words that are the opposite of those used in typical books describes the love between a parent and child. The illustrations are colorful and the monsters are not scary at all, in fact they are quite adorable.

We enjoyed reading this book together, despite the fact that the book is probably a bit too young for our girls. The rhyming narrative is fun to read aloud and is a refreshing break f
Cassie Iturrino
I am sorry but I have to disagree with the 96% of the people who liked this book. In today's society, having someone say that they loathe someone else is not appropriate. Isnt there enough hatred and loathing in this world that we dont have to teach it to our children as a bedtime story? Regardless if it is a story about monsters or not, to deem it as an endearing quality and a form of "love" is misleading. I would be upset if someone told my child that the loathed them because it was in a bedti ...more
This is adorable and rhymes.
I liked the clever backwards language in this book, but I think my son didn't quite understand that it was kind of a big long joke, from a human's point of view. We did talk about what the word "loathe" means, though, and we talked about how the monsters seem to love each other, rather than hate each other, so maybe he got the basic idea in the end.
Liem Nguyen
Slonim, David. I Loathe You. A very funny book about how much two monsters “loathe” which translate to “I love you” in monster term. This is humorous book about a little monster and a big monster discussion how much they care for one another. Children will laugh with stinky socks and slimy rats. The illustration is very colorful and images of the monsters are not scary. The little monster is orange with represent a more active characteristic compare to the big monster which is green and represen ...more
i'm torn deciding whether or not this is suitable for PSST. I don't think the kids will get the humore of "I LOATHE You" and will need some explaining. I think it's cute but may result in a bad sarcastic habit parents won't like or kids won't know when to use. Hmmmm....
A fun tongue-in-cheek twist on the I LOVE YOU SO MUCH genre of picture books. It's rare I find one of these I like and this one was done well enough to make that stringent cut. Fun, monsterous illustrations top off this play on an endless, tired theme.
Since I write and illustrate children's books myself, I am very critical of some picture books. This book was a pleasant surprise. I absolutely loved it. The word "loathe" was a hard one to swallow at first, but the turnaround was handled so cleverly. An unconventional way of teaching about unconditional love. The illustrations are bright, fun and absolutely perfect.
A fun idea that I am sure will have kids laughing - instead of love, monsters loathe each other more than a bunch of rhyming distasteful things. Unfortunately, some of the examples were a little too gross for my preference or too silly for me to be able to use in a storytime setting (splinters in my rump, what the dog threw up).
A fun twist for Valentine's Day - "I loathe you" is exactly what baby monster wants to hear. The writing rhymes and would be fun to read with different voices for your read aloud. Will use for a creative writing prompt...
I love you, I mean I loathe you... A fun Monster Book on how much parents, I mean Monsters will always loathe their kids, no matter what.
This is super cute. An opposite to all those Guess How Much I Love you like books.
A fun alternative to the I love you books out there. This is the monster version!
a great book! it made me laugh!
Little Monster needs a little reassurance that Big Monster will loathe him, no matter what. Even if he doesn't stink or have fleas or warts or accidentally says thank you.

Cute book. Funny. Illustrations fit right in. Good for your little monster who might be getting too big for Guess How Much I Love You (but still needs to hear it).
ADORABLE! "Did you not hear what I just said? Nice or nasty, kind or mean, I loathe you up, down, and between. From your horns down to your claws, you're mine, I loathe you just because - Snout to tail, scales and fuzz, always will be, always was."

I will definitely be reading this one for storytime!
Clever and fun, this book probably isn't for every child. They'd need to be old enough to understand the twisted humor.
love slonim! his sense of humor is great for older storytime kids and lower elementary kids. this is a great choice for kids who don't like mushy love talk. the same message gets across--families love each other no matter what--but in a funny and twisted way.
Natalie Mcadams
It doesn't get any cuter than a father monster and his little monster trying to out do one another as they describe how much they loathe each other. Full of cute illustrations and belly laughs, you and your 5-7 year old will be sure to love this offbeat loathe story.
Little Monster wants to much do you loathe me? In a twist on unconditional love, Big Monster lets little monster just how very much he means to him. A giggle-fest for Valentine's Day, with wonderfully expressive illustrations.
This is the greatest Valentine's Day book I have ever read. Monsterly Love is "I loathe you" So great. I don't know if kids will get, or appreciate but I thought it was exceptional. Unconditional monster love "I LOATHE YOU TOO"
Monsters don't say "I love you" they say "I loathe you." This fun read aloud counts the ways in which Little Monster and Big Monster loathe each other.

Think McBratney's "Guess How Much I Love You," but substitute monsters.
Shanda Kinkade
This book was sweet and different. In the monster world, you want to be loathed instead of loved. So instead of loving someone more that clouds in the sky, you loathe them more than the chicken pox. Charming!
Dec 18, 2012 Dee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Donna
Shelves: children-s-books
Now I know I am a sick puppy but this book made me laugh out loud. Would I read this to my child as they lay down for a long winter's nap? Probably not but still some kids would enjoy the irony of it all.
Katie Walton
I plan to own this one day for my children. There are plenty of sappy stories about love, but in this one the monsters loathe one another a whole lot and that's a very reassuring thing for the little monster.
The illustrations are wonderful - very cute! While an adult will understand this, I'm not sure a child would. I don't see it being a good book for storytime. Maybe one-on-one with an older child.
Big Monster and Little Monster share with each other exactly how much they "Loathe" each other.

Just so stinkin cute. The monsters are adorable and I just want to hug them.

Mar 28, 2013 Sharper1 rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who love children's books for adults and have odd senses of humor
This one is really cute. Think of the polar opposite of Guess How Much I Love You, make it rhyme, and cast monsters for the characters. Funny!
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David Slonim is an award-winning illustrator of many children’s books, including The Deer Watch by Pat Lowery Collins. He lives with his wife, four kids, and a dog named Maggie in Indiana.
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