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The Runaway Valentine Hardcover – September 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807571784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807571781
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A boastful Valentine card learns how scrap paper feels in this sentimental debut by Casey and Smythe. Victor had everything, "the lace, the glitter, the sparkles, and he could sing twenty different love songs when you pushed a secret button on his belt." But when he accidentally falls to the grimy floor and performs a "marching cartwheel out of the store," this once-proud card becomes mere litter. A boy bends him into a scoop, a woman scrawls an address on him and a man uses him as shoe-padding until "there was nothing left of Victor but a little round piece of pink cardboard covered with red glitter." Casey redeems the sorry shred by making it part of a girl's handmade card to her grandmother. Smythe aptly illustrates the escapade in cut paper and cloth, collage components that might have come from forsaken greeting cards or sewing-box remnants. Victor actually gains value when he becomes a handicraft instead of a store-bought item, and his triumph ought to warm the hearts of those who fashion their own homemade cards and gifts. Ages 4-8.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

reS-Gr 1-A wordy text tells the story of a fancy valentine that falls off the card rack onto the floor and goes looking for somebody who will want him. The people he encounters are not kind. He gets wet, his lace is torn off, and he is reduced to a round piece of cardboard. A little girl finally rescues him and puts him into a card she is making. Some of Smythe's cut-paper collages are colorful and cheerful, but others are drab and lifeless. Unfortunately, one of the more unattractive compositions is on the cover.

Debbie Stewart, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is funny, attractive, and charming. The illustrations by Theresa Smythe add even more life to a good story. My children flipped over the bright colors and textures. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "johnny_factor" on January 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
What a concept... a valentine's card that want's to be loved... not as deep as the Velveteen Rabbit perhaps, but T.Smythe's illustrations put a lot of soul into an otherwise ridiculous premise... it's a great book to bring out for kids on valentine's day and it encourages them to be creative and use their imagination--once again thanks to T.Smythe's illustrative flair... she's no novice at this! It's a shame we've been waiting so long to see her work... can't wait to see her next project...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is the funniest book, with the most clever illustrations. Theresa Smythe's illustrations are hysterical. This book is a must for your kid's Valentine present. But don't wait until then to check this book out!
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I work in a library and found this book to read to children the first year I was hired. Unfortunately, one year, the library's roof collapsed and a great number of books were lost, this being one of them. However, I purchased this book on Amazon for my own collection, and it was in perfect! A great book to read to toddlers and pre-school children. I even read it to 4th graders and they greatly enjoyed the mishaps that the runaway valentine gets himself into and the happy learning outcome.
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Very comical story! And I love the creative way that the pictures were made, with cut paper and fabric. A really fun book!
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