From Publishers Weekly
Following teacher's orders, Gilbert, a fuzzy-looking woodland creature, inscribes Valentines for his classmates, devising "nice" rhymes for each. But his bonhomie disappears when he comes to Lewis, who tweaked Gilbert's nose, and Margaret, who teased him about his glasses. As the clever, kid-obliging title attests, Gilbert does not make nice on their cards; to escape the consequences, he signs Margaret's name to Lewis's Valentine and vice versa. Of course, when neither receives a card signed with Gilbert's name, the identity of the prankster is clear. In a predictable resolution to this sweet if minor tale, Gilbert does the right thing and composes friendly Valentines to the two, who apologize for having hurt his feelings. The winning touch here is de Groat's (Annie Pitts, Swamp Monster) characteristically buoyant watercolor art, which features an amiable crew of assorted animals, many festively clad in Valentine's Day-appropriate reds and pinks. Ages 5-up.
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2—Gilbert is writing Valentine's Day poems for each of his classmates when he remembers that Lewis once tweaked his nose and that Margaret made fun of his glasses. So he writes hurtful rhymes and signs their names to the cards. On Valentine's Day Gilbert gets very friendly cards from everyone, but Lewis and Margaret are angry and call each other names. When they discover Gilbert's prank, no one sits with Gilbert at lunch or plays with him at recess. His friend Patty gives him a chance to explain and apologize. Likewise, Lewis and Margaret apologize for hurting his feelings. In class, Gilbert makes two new cards and writes two new poems and gives them to Lewis and Margaret. Jason Harris narrates Diane de Groat's gentle story (HarperCollins, 1996) and voices the male characters, while Peter Pamela Rose reads both Patty's and Margaret's parts. Careful pacing allows listeners to follow the story in the book; page-turn signals are optional. Subtle sound effects and music complement the narration. This holiday story will ring true with young listeners who will want to make up rhymes of their own.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN