Monday, November 16, 2020

Book Review: If There Never Was a You by Amanda Rowe

Author: Amanda Rowe 
Illustrator: Olga Skomorokhova 
Item Weight: 15.2 ounces 
Board book: 20 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1641701112 
ISBN-10: 1641701110 
Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches 
Publisher: Familius; Illustrated edition (March 1, 2019) 
Reading level: 1 - 3 years Language: English 

My review… 

More than ever, we need to reassure the young muses in our lives the importance of them as individuals. Author, Amanda Rowe captures the true essence of the loving bond between parent/guardian to the child(ren) in their life. 

Told from the viewpoint of the parent/guardian as to how their world and the world around them would be so very different if that said child wasn’t gracing their world with their presence. 

A heartwarming story that needs to be shared in every household across the globe. 

Bravo to Olga Skomorokhova for her absolutely outstanding illustrators that tells the story even further. 

About the Author: Amanda Rowe lives in New Jersey with her two beloved children. She is a freelance writer, an academic administrator, an amateur chef, a travel enthusiast, and a book hoarder. Amanda loves anything with peanut butter as an ingredient and is determined to make the world a better place. Visit her at

About the Illustrator: Olga was born and grew up in Russia. She specializes in magazine and book illustrations and other commissioned and personal projects. As a child, Olga found immense pleasure in painting and drawing. This activity soon transformed into an interest in graphic design while illustration was just a passionate hobby. Five years ago, she became a full-time freelance illustrator based in Tallinn. Olga is inspired by travel and people; thus you can see a lot of botanical, architectural, and animalistic topics in her art.

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