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Reviewed by Jacob R LaMar for Readers' Favorite
Leigha Huggins's book Love Lottery is a children’s picture book that is penned in rhyme. The book is written from a mother’s point of view about her newborn child. She has won the love lottery and the prize is her little baby. The book begins by talking about the stars as a mother makes a wish for her child and, through the course of the story, we read what it feels like to have her wish become reality.
Love Lottery is a sensitive story about the love a mother can have for her child and Huggins does a wonderful job capturing this sentiment in her writing. The narrative has a consistent and unbroken rhythm as well as a delightfully designed rhyme. The story does not cover a lot of ground from beginning to end but it is written in a way that warms the reader's heart, and for the parents, it makes them value the prizes they’ve won in their own love lottery. Illustrated by Melanie Darling, Love Lottery is decorated with a lush and dark color palette to build a sweet environment for the story to live in.
Together, the words and drawings provide a potent 1-2 punch to appeal to the audience and allow them to feel the beauty of parenthood. Leigha Huggins has succeeded beautifully with her storybook Love Lottery as it achieves its main goal of expressing the importance of parenting and refocuses our lens on life the way it should be - with our children as our number one priority.