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The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever Hardcover – December 6, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (December 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803735057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803735057
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.3 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-Young Leon is hopelessly in love with Zoey Maloney. But the valentine he makes for her comes to life and declares, "Love is yucky. Stinky too. It will turn your brain to goo!" and takes off. As Leon chases it through town, followed by other kids who are eager to see how "this whole mess" turns out, the valentine delivers a compelling argument as to why Leon should not share his love for Zoey. It's not until the valentine meets Zoey's valentine that the cynic abruptly changes his mind and says, "Love is yummy. Love's divine. Won't you be my valentine?" Arnold's full-page, boldly colored, digitally created cartoonlike illustrations are dynamic, bringing the chase to life. With its creative story line and upbeat writing, this picture book is a must for holiday collections.-Mary Cass Mabbot, Indianapolis Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Praise for The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever

"Get ready to enjoy a laugh-out-loud, fast-paced adventure involving a secret crush, a runaway valentine with an attitude and lots of candy."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"With its creative story line and upbeat writing, this picture book is a must for holiday collections."—School Library Journal

"Navigates the palm-sweating sweetness of first love with tenderness, humorously echoed by Arnold's nervy graphics."—Publishers Weekly

"...a boisterous, just-sweet-enough comic caper."—The New York Times
(Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

More About the Author

Brenda A. Ferber grew up in Highland Park, Illinois, where she fell in love with reading and dreamed of becoming a children's book author. Before she found the courage to make her dream come true, she worked at a french-fry store, an ice cream store, and an advertising agency. She graduated from the University of Michigan, married her college sweetheart, and had three kids in 19 months. Then she finally decided to go for it. The result was Julia's Kitchen, winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award in 2007. She followed that with Jemma Hartman, Camper Extraordinaire and her first picture book, The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever.

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The story is really cute and illustrations are wonderful.
Botts
I bought several copies of this book for Christmas presents.
Kiser
Fun book, good idea, illustrations were like a comic book.
Marguerite M. Urich

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Molly on January 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
While this book will appeal to both girls and boys, I love that this book centers around a boy, who isn't afraid of his little feelings! My sons actually really enjoyed this story, it had my first grader giggling the whole time. It might, just maybe, have gotten my seventh grader to crack a smile as well.
The story is a bit reminiscent of the classic gingerbread man story, with the child chasing the Valentine Man down the road, but instead of a less than happy ending for the gingerbread man, this Valentines story has a sweet twist at the end.
The illustrations by Tedd Arnold are bright, cheerful, and totally relevant kids style today. The main character is even sporting a cute shaggy Beiber-esque hairstyle. It's got a bit of a comic book style, but the story is very easy to read and follow. My first grader wants to take our copy to his class to read before Valentines Day, and his teacher has happily agreed to read it to them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kiser on December 31, 2012
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I bought several copies of this book for Christmas presents. I was attracted by the title and can now say that this is a funny and clever book that is going to delight kids of any age. My 25 year old son is an artist and completely loved the illustrations. This is a book that kids will cherish. I loved how it highlights that we all have different ways to enjoy and express ourselves. Absolute fun!
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By Mary P. Edwards on March 31, 2014
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This book was a hit from the moment it went on the shelf in school. Maybe these are truer thoughts for younger grade school aged children than they are allowed to admit!
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By Botts on March 21, 2014
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I bought this book to send to my granddaughter on Valentine's day. She loves it. The story is really cute and illustrations are wonderful. Book arriver quickly and in excellent condition.
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My six-year-old "girls are gross" son got a kick out of this tale of a Valentine bound and determined not to be used for any yucky, gross love notes. Instead, he tries to make a run for it and avoid the horror of being, ugh, romantic.

Humorous, inventive and charmingly illustrated this is a surefire Valentine's Day hit that had my little ones laughing out loud.
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By mollyb on March 1, 2014
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My grandson (6 years) loved it read it every night after receiving it in the mail! Fun! He brought it with him when he come to stay.
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We read it over, so funny, vaguely like the gingerbread man story, the valentine is sassy and runs away, but there is a happy ending!
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I purchased this book after seeing so many fun activities to do with it next year. I can hardly wait until next Valentine's Day to share this book with my class.
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