Monday Children’s Book Reviews for February 11, 2013

All Alameda County Library branches will be closed Tuesday, February 12 in honor of Lincoln’s Birthday.

Valentine Be Mine by Jacqueline Farmer

“Influenced by kings, poets, and religious customs, Valentine’s Day has changed over the centuries from its origins in ancient Rome. Learn the history of Valentine’s Day as well as its past and present traditions. Perfect for story time, while providing in-depth information. Includes Valentine Day jokes, fun facts, and two holiday activities.”                                   [J394.2618 FARMER]

The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever by Brenda A. Ferber

“Leon has a crush. A let-her-cut-in-line-at-the-water-fountain kind of crush. And he’s got the perfect valentine. But this valentine has no intention of getting caught up in any romantic conspiracy. ‘Love is yucky, kid! Valentine’s Day is all about CANDY!’ the card yells at Leon, before leaping out the window and running away, leaving Leon to chase it across town, collecting interested kids along the way.”               [JPB FERBER]

Melvin’s Valentine by Jon Scieszka

“Receiving a mysterious valentine from an unknown sender, a fretful Melvin searches throughout Trucktown to discover the sender’s identity, an effort he nearly abandons before hearing a beeping sound in the distance.”      [JE SCIESZKA]

Valentine Crafts by Greta Speechley

“Provides fun and easy ways to show appreciation for loved ones. Twelve ways to tell someone they’re special, rated by difficulty and on the theme of Valentines Day. Features tracing patterns, straightforward instructions, and fascinating facts.

“Spinning valentine — Kiss seal — Fortuneteller — Love bugs — Lip smackers — Lovebird — Red rose — Broken heart jigsaw — Lavender heart — Heart cookies — Keepsakes — Chocolate lollipops”              [J745.59416 SPEECHLEY]

Geronimo’s Valentine by Geronimo Stilton

“Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m a bit of a cheesy mouse from time to time. What can I say? I’m a romantic! That’s why Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. This year I had a date with a very special rodent– Petunia Pretty Paws! But then I got a call from my private investigator friend Hercule Poirat. He had a mystery to solve, and he desperately needed my help. The most beloved, romantic, and famous painting in New Mouse City had been stolen! Now I had to help Hercule AND impress Petunia at the same time. Holey swiss cheese, what was a gentlemouse to do?”     [J STILTON]

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