The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever!

A picture book that understands how lovely and how gross Valentine's Day can be when you're a kid.

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. To see my second recommendation, visit my website at www.onegreatbook.com


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 Valentine's Day!

Final thoughts:

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

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