Recently, Thomas Nelson Publishers sent me Love Your Heart by Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas for review. Yes, that's the Tim McGraw you know and love! I was interested in the book because a.) I am an aspiring children's book writer and I'm always looking at what's being published these days, and b.) I am interested in books by celebrities, mostly to see if they can actually write, or if their book was published simply for their name. I have strong opinions on that, but more on it later.
Love Your Heart is the second book by McGraw and Douglas. The story visits Katie and her dad as Katie tries to decide what she will do in the School Talent Show. She tries out several things that end in crazy mishaps, and finally settles on an amazing act with her dog Palio. However, on the night of the Show, Katie sees her friend Sophie crying, and Katie does something that ends with her dad saying "I love your heart."
The story was cute. It had a great message for little kids about doing things that showcase your heart rather than outward talents. The illustrations were beautifully done by Abigail Marble. But I kind of feel that's all I have to say about it. I think it was sweet that Tim McGraw wrote a story about a little girl since he has three, but I feel that most of the reason the book was published was because parents all over know the name Tim McGraw. I'm not sure the story could sell itself.
Love Your Heart was sweet. But check it out from the library. I wouldn't spend any money on it.
Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book as a part of their blogger program called BookSneeze.