~I received Penguin Young Readers book samples for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~
I know that we are still a few days away from Christmas but I wanted to share with you this adorable book that has just been released today called Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Claudia Rueda. This adorable book is listed for ages 3-5 but my 7 year old really enjoys it as well. Cat does not like how mushy Valentine’s Day is and wants no part in any of it.
Cat does NOT like Valentine’s Day. It’s much too mushy, and no way is he making anyone a valentine—especially not his new neighbor, Dog. Dog refuses to respect the fence: He keeps tossing over old bones and hitting Cat in the head! But just as Cat’s about to send Dog an angry “valentine” telling him exactly what he can do with his bones, Dog throws a ball over the fence. What is Dog playing at? Cat is in for a hilarious—and heartwarming—surprise in this story about being perhaps too quick to judge.
You could say I am a cat person so reading through the pages and finding out that Cat is annoyed with the new Dog neighbor throwing bones and a ball over the fence was cute and funny. Simple pictures only make the whole thing funnier as we read the mean valentine that Cat writes to send over to dog. Only Cat receives a Valentine from Dog first and Cat is hit withe a sudden rush of emotion with what he reads. A great book to get into the Valentine’s Day frame of mind and a way to remind kids that sending Valentines to friends is a great way to show your friendship and that you care.