This Is Not a Valentine

This Is Not a Valentine

This book is not a valentine. It doesn't have lacey edges or sugary hearts. But it is full of lucky rocks, secret hiding spots, and gumball machine treasures. This is a book about waiting in line and wishing for cinnamon buns. About recognizing that if you care so much about someone not thinking you care, maybe you really do. But wait—isn't that exactly what love is about?...

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Title:This Is Not a Valentine
Author:Carter Higgins
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Edition Language:English

This Is Not a Valentine Reviews

  • Niki (Daydream Reader)

    This is a perfect read aloud book for Valentine's Day! So sweet!

  • Karina

    This book is so adorable! I love how the words and pictures tell a story of a sweet friendship between two classmates. The words are perfect and the pictures complement the prose perfectly. I want to give this book to my husband for Valentine's Day!

  • Laurie

    Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.7

    @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.

    What exactly does a Valentine look like? Red hearts and glitter? Not always! Valentines can come in the form of dandelions and rings from a plastic container and capes and rocks. This is such a sweet story of friendship, not just on Valentine's Day, but the whole year. Students of all ages will enjoy this story because it is so much like

    Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.7

    @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.

    What exactly does a Valentine look like? Red hearts and glitter? Not always! Valentines can come in the form of dandelions and rings from a plastic container and capes and rocks. This is such a sweet story of friendship, not just on Valentine's Day, but the whole year. Students of all ages will enjoy this story because it is so much like a real Valentine!

    I absolutely love this story because it brings back so many memories. When I was in elementary school my sweetheart gave me a ring in a plastic container. Who would have known that years later he would give me a real one? Valentines do come true! This is a must read story for anyone - kids and adults!

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  • Mary Hamer

    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again!

  • Julie Guzzetta

    Such a sweet and charming book! One of the other reviewers said it best - it's about all the ways that love can be expressed without typical "valentines" gifts and cards.

  • Kate Olson

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show we care in so many different ways, and that a "typical" mushy gushy Valentine isn't the only acceptable format. The poetic text coupled with the simple but charming illustrations make this a great read aloud selecti

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show we care in so many different ways, and that a "typical" mushy gushy Valentine isn't the only acceptable format. The poetic text coupled with the simple but charming illustrations make this a great read aloud selection.

    A worthy addition for all elementary library collections!

    Thanks to Chronicle Books for the review copy of this title.

  • Terri

    I really liked a lot of things about this book, but a couple of things leave me questioning. It's so obvious the Kevin really likes the little girl, but is his liking returned? That's not clear at all, especially when the back endpapers are seen. The valentine she gave Kevin at the beginning is exactly like all the other cards she has for others. It left me feeling rather sad for Kevin who is so sweet and thoughtful with his caring gifts. I also question the final line of the book. It seems glar

    I really liked a lot of things about this book, but a couple of things leave me questioning. It's so obvious the Kevin really likes the little girl, but is his liking returned? That's not clear at all, especially when the back endpapers are seen. The valentine she gave Kevin at the beginning is exactly like all the other cards she has for others. It left me feeling rather sad for Kevin who is so sweet and thoughtful with his caring gifts. I also question the final line of the book. It seems glaringly out of place.

  • Barbara

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret hiding place or a lucky stone or part of a sandwich. The wry quality of the text and the slyly matter of fact illustrations, created with brush marker, gouache, graphite, colored pencil, crayon, ink, and charcoal, c

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret hiding place or a lucky stone or part of a sandwich. The wry quality of the text and the slyly matter of fact illustrations, created with brush marker, gouache, graphite, colored pencil, crayon, ink, and charcoal, clearly belie what the narrator is saying, and readers can see that whatever it might be called by some, affection, maybe even love, is blooming between these two youngsters. This title might be useful for sharing with students the many different ways love can be expressed--and it need not be in the form of expensive tokens at all.

  • Mary Lee

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February.

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