Friday, February 8, 2013

Valentine's Day Picture Books

Valentine's Day is almost upon us.  This is a tough holiday for me in terms of books.  As many of you are aware, I am not really into the mushy, pull at your heartstrings, show pictures of cute little bunnies and kitties kind of books.  And Valentine's Day tends to bring out these books in droves.

Well, this year I was happily surprised with a very funny Valentine's book that made our whole family laugh.  Imagine that!  I also got suckered into a lovely book that did touch my sentimental side (yes I have one)  but this is the last we will talk about it.

So here are my two Valentine's must have books for the holiday.

Title:       The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever

Author:    Brenda A. Ferber

Target:     Preschool - Grade 3

What this book is about:
Leon has a very big crush on Zoe Maloney.  When he tries to make her a Valentine proclaiming his love, that Valentine runs away - aghast that Leon would tell Zoe that he loves her!  Our Valentine thinks it is mushy, gross and just plain YUCKY!  As Leon chases his Valentine down the road, our renegade heart is chanting “Love is yucky.  Stinky too.  It will turn your brain to goo!”  After several fun encounters during the chase, Leon runs into Zoe.  Will love prevail?

Why I love this book:
This is such an entertaining book for kids who on the one hand like the idea of love on Valentine’s Day, but on the other hand are completely embarrassed and disgusted by it.  It is funny, right on point, and of course the ending doesn’t disappoint.  

I dare kids not to laugh, and get completely caught up in the fabulous illustrations by Tedd Arnold.  They are bold, colorful and perfectly expressive.

Who this book is for:
Great for all kids and it would make a great read aloud for Valentines Day!

Final thoughts:
”Love is yummy,  Love’s divine.  Won’t you be my Valentine?”

To purchase this book, click on the following link to connect to Amazon: The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever  A portion of each purchase goes to support this blog.

Title:       Plant a Kiss

Author:   Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Target:    Preschool - Kindergarten

What this book is about:
Little Miss plants a kiss - sunshine, water, greet, repeat!  From that kiss grows something lovely.  Others don’t want her to share for fear it’s far too rare and it will go bare.  But Little Miss is not afraid and when all the blooms from the plant are distributed, she finds that it has grown far beyond her expectations!

Why I love this book:
Ok, this is my one sappy book for the year.  Generally I am not fond of the mushy titles but this one was cute enough to recommend.  The glitter on each page is a magical touch and it is such a sweet message that love shared grows bigger.

Who this book is for:
For any parent/child who enjoys a winsome, endearing story.

Final thoughts:
This book is short and sparkly!

To purchase this book, click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Plant a Kiss  A portion of each purchase goes to support this blog.

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