What I Like Most

By Mary Murphy
Illustrated by Zhu Cheng-Liang

What I like most is this pencil. It is red outside and red inside. Its colour comes out like a red ribbon. It’s what I like most in the world. Except for...

A little girl tells us about all her favourite things, from her light-up shoes, to hot, steamy chips, to her red pencil. But the girl knows that, even as her feet grow, her plate empties, and her pencil shortens, there’s someone she’ll always love … and that is what she likes the very, very most. An intimate ode to the unwavering love a child has for their mother, this tender, lyrical story is brought exquisitely to life by Zhu Cheng-Liang, a recipient of a New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award.

  • A lyrical, emotive and universal mother and daughter story from Irish author Mary Murphy which reads aloud beautifully.
  • Brought to life by Chinese illustrator Zhu Cheng-Liang, whose A New Year's Reunion won a 2011 New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award.
  • For fans of Say It! and Guess How Much I Love You – has great gift appeal.

About the author

Mary Murphy, renowned for her fresh, bold artwork and warm, colourful graphics, has written and illustrated many picture books, including I Kissed the Baby, Utterly Lovely One, A Kiss Like This, Say Hello Like This! and Good Night Like This. Mary has also written two novelty titles, Crocopotamus and Picken – and many Walker Baby board books, including, Quick Duck and Slow Snail. Mary lives in Dublin, Ireland. Find her online at

About the illustrator

Zhu Cheng-Liang is a Chinese illustrator who has been making books for over 40 years. He has over 50 picture books to his name, many of which have been received to both national and international acclaim. They include The Sparkling Rabbit-Shaped Lamp, which received an Honorable Mention by UNESCO’s Noma Concours for Children’s Picture Book Illustrations and A New Year’s Reunion, which won the Feng Zikai Children’s Book Award and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award. Born in Shanghai, he now lives in Nanjing, China.

ISBN: 9781406392999
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: July 1, 2020
Dimensions: 250 x 270mm, 32pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $18.99
Stock Level: In Stock

Last updated on 06/07/20 at 01:04:26
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