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

13588401The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever
Brenda A. Ferber
Illustrated by Tedd Arnold
2012 Dial Books for Young Readers
ISBN – 9780803735057
Genre – Picture Book
Age – Preschool
5 Stars

Valentine’s Day is nearing, and Leon is making a valentine for his very special crush Zoey Maloney. After Leon constructed it, the valentine became very rebellious. He jumped out of Leon’s hands exclaiming that her cannot tell Zoey that he loves her because “Love is Yucky, Stinky too. It will turn your brain to GOO!” The valentine runs away, and Leon chases him. During the chase they run into several groups of kids who have their own reactions and join in the chase, to see how the situation resolves. Will Leon ever catch his valentine? Will he tell Zoey Maloney that he loves her, or take the advice of his valentine?

What a fantastic Valentine’s day book! The illustrations are great, of course they are, they are done by Tedd Arnold! They include overly large heads and expressive faces, with just enough detail in the background to add to the story and not take anything away. There is repetition and rhythm that makes the book fun to read. I love the way all of the different view points of love at a (very) young age are addressed, including romance, fear, and cooties! This book is hilarious from start to finish, and somehow Ferber is able to make love a thing that is relatable to every age group. Fun for kids and adults alike!

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