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So Much

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  337 ratings  ·  73 reviews
With Oxenbury's warm illustrations and Cooke's rhythmic text, this cumulative story captures the joy of being a baby in a large, extended family. A Child Magazine Best Children's Book. Full color. ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 23rd 2008 by Turtleback Books (first published September 5th 1994)
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Darren Shoneye
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"So Much" By Trish Cooke is a wonderful, multi-award-winning picture book! I have just read this book to a class of thirty year one pupils and they absolutely adored it. This was my first time reading this book, and it was such a lovely, fun and engaging story about a family gathering, with a strong emphasis on the amount of love and care, everybody wants to show this little baby.

I have never come across this author before, so I decided to research her - Trish Cooke is an amazing author, who wri
As with many of the best children's books, this story repeats a main idea while making small changes as you go along. In this case, the baby has more and more people come to visit them, each with different personalities and interactions. It ends with a surprise celebration.

I liked the sing-song cadence of the text, and the enthusiasm being expressed. Each of the family members likes interacting with the baby in fun ways, which kids will love.
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lovely book with wonderful illustrations.
Ruby Khan
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family
I love how this book presents a love of family through Cooke’s song-like Dominican voice. A tale of true familial happiness and love. A great book for KS1 with numerous repeated refrains and predication opportunities. A lot of work can be done around families in PSCHE.
Emily Hughes
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Told through the eyes of the baby, So Much is a story about a mum and her baby being visited by a sequence of relatives. Each relative that visits wants to do something to the baby to show they love him ‘so much.’ Everybody wants to squeeze the baby, everybody wants to kiss the baby and everybody loves the baby so much! The ending comes as a surprise because the family is there at the baby’s house to celebrate the Daddy’s birthday! The books main theme of family love is cleverly emphasised by se ...more
Marie Therese
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So Much by Trish Cooke, is a fantastic read for everyone, children from early years through to year 2 will greatly enjoy the illustrations and repetition within this book.
On a personal note, this book brought back memories of my time in primary school and being read this story by my mother, who was born in the Caribbean. Therefore seeing such a book on the shelves which showed diversity was a unique aspect about 15 years ago. I believe it is important to represent different cultures in reading,
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A Wonderful, enjoyable and engaging read for children. Trish Cooke’s book ‘So Much’ is about the events of a day for a mother and baby, who have lots of relatives come around to visit their home leading up to a surprise birthday party for daddy. With an untraditional story layout, the language structures of this book play on the use of rhyming words, onomatopoeia, repetitive phrases and Caribbean dialect related expressions and sentence structures. This story is mainly described from the viewpoi ...more
Angela O'donnell
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So Much! By Trish Cooke
I came across this book while in a Reception class this week, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is perfect for the EYFS setting. Both the children and I loved the images and the language used in this story. It is perfect for our current theme this half term of homes, families and celebrations. The author uses Caribbean English and I think this is really effective if expressed well when being read to the children. It is a perfect story for carpet time as it captures their atten
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A winner of the a Smarties Book Prize category and Kurt Maschler Award.
It is a day in the life of a mother and her baby as they are joined at home by their extended Caribbean family. As we are introduced to each cousin or family member a strong sense of love and affection is portrayed towards the baby.
When the baby's father arrives home we realise the gathering is for his surprise party.
The story is written in a Caribbean dialect which I personally found hard to read as it does not flow. In sayi
Joanne Roberts
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Must buy this book! A cumulative story. Each new relative who arrives interacts with the toddler MC. Adorable art. Diverse cast. Silly. Heartwarming. Slight twist to the climax. Perfect for giggly time, naptime, or snuggly moments.
Sue Winson
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well well, what can I say? This book is our 20-month-old’s latest favourite. We have been reading the same book repeatedly for few weeks now, and the excitement is still there. Our “baby” claps, dances around, plays bouncing on bed, gives a big smile. The reading time is full of dramatic actions and expressions, and I am not surprised seeing how fun the storyline is!

“They weren’t doing anything, Mum and the baby... nothing really.... then DING DONG”. “Oooooh!” - the storyline is familiar and in
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Some may remember So Much as a popular read back in the 90's classroom. I certainly remember it as a child! Well it's still alive and kicking in my classroom with the children cracking up at the colourful and creative characters created by Trish Cooke. It tells the story of a baby hanging around the house one day when each member of his large, and full of life, family arrive at the door. By the end of this story you'll have your favourite characters, and will most certainly be charmed by the lit ...more
Benjamin Harwood
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Andy Verschoyle
Great story with a natural climax, clear, language is completely authentic - urban afro-caribbean - we rarely see language matching culture / ethnicity so explicitly, and in a book for learning to read. The question is why? We rarely speak 1950's BBC English....

Richly expressive pictures full of life and colour - reminded me of the painting of Turner Prize nominated Lubaina Himid.
Phil Lemons
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-books
This book flows well and is fun to read. I think this is probably meant for kids two to four years old, but my kindergartner enjoyed it.

I like the way the book illustrates how waiting can feel like it takes forever but good fun can be had while waiting. I also liked the way there family members express love and value for each other throughout the book.
Jocelyn Hee
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I adored this award winning book and enjoyed immensely the illustrations by legendary Helen Oxenbury. This picture book really comes to life! - you feel like you've been invited into a home full of love and joy. The language style is especially colourful. What a great book, I can see it's timeless value. ...more
Hayley Craig
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
It took me a little bit to get into this story. I wasn't sure of where it was going at first but its a heart warming picture story about family and being together and how everyone communicates with the baby. It would be good to use this in the classroom to identify what family units can be like and what their families are like. Also I good book to discuss the language used I.e. lots of verbs. ...more
Jemeg Dees
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this was a wonderful colorful book for my toddler. Explores different members of the family, and how they each greet one another and behave as a family. A family where each member loves the baby So Much
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pre-K loved the repetition in the story, especially the ringing of the doorbell. They also enjoyed predicting who was next to visit.
Jenna Mills
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-book, love
A lovely book.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my al time favorite books from when I was a child. I reread this book with all the lttle people in my life, I just lovetis book, soooooo much.
Jane Scholey
Cute as buttons. A wonderful read aloud story.
Andrea Krause
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a cute little family story. The pencil illustrations alone are worth reading the book for. I too, would like to snuggle this baby.
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet book about a family loving a little boy.
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Repeated reads will make this a favorite! A celebration of family.
Antonio Feitoza Gomes
Very endearing.
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ages: 1-6
Characters: African American family; baby, mom, dad, and extended family
-sing song, rhyme
-teaches about family and love
1 star off because I thought there wasn’t going to be a dad and in my book that was going to be okay!!
Michael-David Sasson
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-other
Quite simply the best book for single-digit age children EVER.
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
My toddler loves this one. We've checked it out from the library twice and we should probably just buy a copy so we can keep it! ...more
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