Sunday, February 17, 2008

Book Review: The UnValentine by Sam Beeson; Paintings by Jesse Draper

Next Valentine's Day, you have to buy The UnValentine for your favorite child. I've had students like Lily, the girl who doesn't believe in Valentine's Day, who doesn't believe in love. She scratches in her journal during recess, writing all in verse.

The illustrations are magnificent and alone are worthy of our purchase. The book is written in rhyme, is humorous, and includes Valentines in the back for a child to tear out and share.

Did Lily change her mind? Did she find love?
Lily —
I can stand in the rain all day without shoes.
I don't need no holiday with cupids.
When I want passion, I don't buy no mango-colored drink.
I want stories — the kind your eyes
tell me
. . . every day
. . . every way.

Ray
p.s. Do you like black roses?

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3 comments:

  1. OK - you've persuaded me - just been to visit Amazon and ordered it. It's as well I'm just coming to an end of a dramatic busy period; I've an awful lot of reading to catch up on!

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  2. I like your book review and I am interested to go get my hands on it. I also love your blog. amie

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  3. How interesting! I'll have to look at it on Amazon. It may be a bit old for my group yet, but that cover illustration is certainly amazing!

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