- Age Range: 3 - 5 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
- Lexile Measure: 420 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 88 pages
- Publisher: Dial Books (December 22, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525429158
- ISBN-13: 978-0525429159
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.6 x 7.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PreS-Gr 2—In this creatively presented holiday title, an unidentified narrator speaks directly to Cat, trying to convince the disgruntled feline to make a valentine for a friend. The narrator insists that the holiday "doesn't have to be all mushy." The conversation continues with Cat communicating through eloquently illustrated signs. One sign shows a particularly dastardly portrait of Cat's new canine neighbor. Cat automatically rejects the idea of sending a friendly valentine to Dog. Dog is noisy and keeps throwing things over the fence. Cat vehemently clings to the opinion that dogs are mean and undeserving of Valentine's wishes until an unexpected event changes everything. The humorous ink and color pencil illustrations of the stout, sand-colored kitty will endear Cat to young readers, and they will appreciate the lesson Cat learns: don't jump to conclusions about your friends because everything is not always as it appears. VERDICT The story's singular narrative style and simple but expressive illustrations will make it a favorite during the month of February. Pair it with Laura Malone Elliott's A String of Hearts (HarperCollins, 2010).—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MA
"Cat's facial expressions perfectly mimic those of a toddler and are captured within a pleasing soft palette of ink and color pencil drawings. Wry humor and a twist ending make this book a charmer." —The Washington Post
★ “Wickedly fun as ever—Underwood and Rueda clearly know how well sweet and salty go together.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Underwood's endearing, voiceless cat is back, this time getting a lesson in Valentine's Day tact. . . . Rueda masterfully uses white space and Cat's facial expressions and body language . . . for beautifully pitched comic timing. Cat hasn't lost his ability to charm readers, if for no other reason than children are so able to see themselves in him.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Fresh and satisfying . . . Empowers kids by positioning them as the narrative voice of reason. . . . Cat is a hoot at the height of his naughtiness, but also he’s poignantly repentant . . . Fans of Cat’s previous books (and even Valentine’s Day–phobes) are likely to fall in love with this series installment.” —BCCB
“Creatively presented . . . Humorous . . . The story’s singular narrative style and simple but expressive illustrations will make it a favorite . . . Pair it with Laura Malone Elliott’s A String of Hearts.” —School Library Journal
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Here Comes Valentine Cat is the fourth book in the cat series. We preordered the book right here on Amazon, and were pleasantly surprised when it showed up a day earlier than expected.
This book follows the format of the other books: the narrator speaks directly to Cat, who responds by holding up signboards with his responses. Because cats don’t talk, of course!
Valentine’s Day is coming, and the narrator wants to know if Cat has any plans. Cat indicates that there is a dog who lives next door, but he thinks the dog is annoying. Cat plans to make some mean valentines, and to send the dog to the moon- but is the dog really as annoying as Cat says he is?
Claudia Rueda’s illustrations are just lovely. It’s a rather unique concept to have Cat communicate through signboards, and Rueda captures this perfectly. The illustrations are relatively plain, so there is an emphasis on Cat’s facial expressions. And boy, does Cat have a lot of facial expressions. From his trademark sneer to his looks of surprise, you can always tell what Cat is thinking. You might not know what he’s going to do next, but you always know how he feels!
I would absolutely recommend Here Comes Valentine Cat. This is a funny story that will appeal to children as young as preschool age, but will surely charm even elementary school kids. There’s a very nice lesson about friendship among the silliness, and this is just such a sweet and funny story. I would recommend the other Cat books as well, and I can’t wait to see what Cat’s next adventure will be!