Website of children’s author Paeony Lewis
In The Observer newspaper, Actress, Amanda Dickinson, read a selection of bedtime stories to her four-year-old son, Billy. This included
I’ll Always Love You.
‘...It (I’ll Always Love You) is supposed to be good for confidence-building. Billy adored it. ‘He really got the message,’ says Amanda, ‘He said, “ Oh, Mummy, will you love me even if I do bad things?”...’
- The Observer (UK)
‘...This picture book subtly examines behavior, remorse, forgiveness, and accountability...’
- from The School Librarian (USA)
Watch out for the repeats of Grandpa Tweenie reading I’ll Always Love You on BBC TV’s Tweenies (Handyman Milo, S1E6).
The story is also featured on the Tweenies BBC DVD/video called It’s Messy Time and is also now available on Netflix..
I’ll Always Love You
By Paeony Lewis
Illustrated by Penny Ives
‘...A fun and heartwarming story and the message that your mum will always love you, even when you do something wrong, is something children seem to need to hear.
In this book Alex Bear breaks his mum's favourite honey bowl and worries she won't love him anymore. At first he won't admit it and makes up lots of silly things he might accidentally do and asks if she'd still love him (funny illustrations). Eventually Alex Bear admits he broke the honey bowl and there's a cute twist at the end.’
- Amazon review
Published in the UK by
Little Tiger Press
Current editions include
UK: ISBN 978-1845063429 2006 Small Hardback £4.99
US: ISBN 978-1589254411 2013 Paperback $3.99
I’ll Always Love You was published a few years ago but still remains popular. There have been many British and American editions. Plus it has been translated into Danish, French, Dutch, Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, Arabic, Greek...
It’s strange seeing a book in a language that I don’t understand and I often wonder how much has been changed. In South Korea, Alex Bear is called Bobo and Baby Pog is Lulu - cute!
Book covers sometimes change. Below you’ll see two of the Tiger Tales American editions.
Guess what? I was amazed to see the US version of I’ll Always Love You featured in a TV episode of the US teen musical drama GLEE. Sue Sylvester (the psycho cheerleading teacher!) reads it to her sister in a tender moment. What a total surprise!
www.paeonylewis.com © Paeony Lewis 2008, 2010, 2014
Illustrations from I’ll Always Love You © Penny Ives 2000
Please note, no images may be reproduced without permission from the illustrator, Penny Ives.
“...Cute, playful illustrations help to move the story along and show the bond between mother and child. Lewis sweetly and entertainingly shows the unconditional love of a mother but also shows that our actions have consequences. A great book to share with kids of any age.”
- Children’s Literature (USA)