Format: Hardcover picture book, 32 pages.
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
What did you like about the book? Hippo and his friends receive mysterious, unsigned invitations to a Valentine’s Day party in the park. Hippo hopes his invitation came from Duck, but Duck is nowhere to be found. Children will enjoy searching for Duck in the illustrations and be pleased with the inclusive resolution.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The story is slight and a bit didactic—“The best valentines are friends” — but young children will appreciate the cheery illustrations and upbeat text, along with the opportunity to voice the abundant onomatopoeia.
To whom would you recommend this book? Those looking for a new Valentine’s Day story.
Who should buy this book? Daycares or public libraries looking to add to their Valentine’s Day collections.
Where would you shelve it? Picture books, or in a separate section for holiday books.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Lisa Rogers, John D. Hardy Elementary School Library, Wellesley, MA
Date of review: January 13, 2018