Five-time Grammy winner, entrepreneur and reggae icon Ziggy Marley will now be able to add children’s author to his list with the release of his first children’s book titled “I Love You Too,” which will be initially available as an e-book via Nook. Illustrated by Agnieszka Jatkowska, the book is based on the song of the same title from Ziggy’s acclaimed 2009 Grammy Award-winning children’s album “Family Time.”
The lyrics to reggae artist Marley's Emmy-winning song, featured in the animated series 3rd & Bird, are presented with Jatkowska's smudgy, jewel-toned illustrations in the musician's first picture book. Three children black, brown, and white are seen spending time together and with their parents. A father with spiky, sandy hair shares breakfast with his pigtailed daughter at the kitchen table: "When you tell me that you love me,/ this is what I'm gonna say," writes Marley before a page turn shows the same pair hugging in view of a vibrant green tree where two brightly colored birds are nuzzling: I love you too, I love you too, I love you." Subsequent pages depict the children fully engaged in nature, observing friendly fish underwater, bees buzzing around their hive, love-struck earthworms, and more; seasons pass, too, bringing the birth of a new sibling for one of the children and the arrival of Christmas. The repetitiveness of the chorus makes this book a more satisfying sing-aloud than a read-aloud, but it's a sweetly affectionate ode to togetherness and love all the same. Ages 1 up.