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Slugs in Love by [Pearson, Susan]
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From Publishers Weekly

With its irresistible illustrations and comical plot, this story of two slime-crossed lovers is bound to delight sweethearts young and old. "Marylou loved everything about Herbie—how his slime trail glistened in the dark, how he could stretch himself thin to squeeze inside the cellar window...." Herbie keeps finding Marylou's poems, etched in slug slime and full of devotion, but Marylou keeps missing the longing letters he writes in return. While she watches his every move, he can't find anyone who knows where she is so he can meet her. Herbie finally decides to leave a note where Marylou just can't miss it ("All slugs like tomatoes!" he thinks). When Marylou realizes at last that her affections are returned, Pearson doesn't stint on the happiness that ensues—"What joy! What gladness!" Both the book's title and the heart that encloses the happy pair on the jacket seem to be defined in shiny red slug slime. O'Malley makes the most of the diverse poems—they appear on a watermelon, a garden hoe, a scarecrow's hat—and he endows the community of slugs with a variety of expressions both whimsical and witty. Marylou sports two pink bows on her stalk eyes and Herbie's Mr. Dreamy eyes sparkle with fun. Full of humor and charm, this story of love requited is as satisfying as a box of Valentine chocolates. Ages 4-8. (Nov.)
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Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 2—Too timid to approach Herbie face-to-face, shy slug Marylou uses her slime trail to write love poems to him and leave them around the garden. Herbie responds to each of her poems with a rhyme of his own, but a series of unforeseeable circumstances prevents Marylou from finding them. The hoe he has written on is put in the barn, rain washes away his verse on the fence, and he composes on a melon while Marylou is spending the day in the squash patch. Desperate to meet the sweet poet, Herbie composes a final message on a tall tomato plant. At last, Marylou sees it; the two slugs meet and fall in love. The characters are well developed through the increasingly expressive poems they write for one another. Readers will enjoy the simultaneous drama and humor in this story, squealing as Marylou repeatedly just misses Herbie's missives, and laughing over Sammy's not-so-helpful tip to assist Herbie in identifying his secret admirer: "I think she's the brownish one." Bright, clear cartoon artwork provides a slug's-eye view of the garden and its inhabitants, and the final picture gives readers a peek into Herbie and Marylou's future together. A clever and endearing love story that proves the power of perseverance.—Amanda Moss, Maywood Elementary School, Monona, WI
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Product Details

  • File Size: 6308 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (October 30, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 30, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TX6EQK
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By Nicki Heskin VINE VOICE on January 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When my 6 year old and I were hunting Valentine's Day books in the bookstore, I overlooked this one, because I thought -- how interesting can a book be about slugs. But my daughter read it and said, mom, this is a great one, you read it too! I'm so glad I did...

There are so many children's books about valentine's cards and parental love for Valentine's Day, but so few that can be appropriate about actually falling in love in the couple sort of way. This book has managed to do this in a totally adorable and appropriate way for young children.

The slugs are so cute -- Marylou falls for Herbie, but is too shy to tell him so she writes him love poems (so cute!) with her slime trail (adorable!) around the garden. He wants to meet her but can't seem to find out who or where she is, and tries to write back, but his poems keep being destroyed or missed by MaryLou, who thinks he doesn't return her affections, but keeps on writing to him, hoping. When they finally connect, it is so sweet, and they live happily ever after!

The illustrations are completely lovely -- who would have thought that slugs and their slime trails could be cute!

I totally want this book to read over and over with my girls and will be dropping heavy hints to relatives for Valentine's Day!
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Format: Paperback
Our house is over-flowing with books that do nothing more than sit on the shelf. The same few books always seem to be read. I've found that getting season appropriate books that are only out for a couple of weeks help make sure the books are read and that we rotate what is being read. It also helps keep their attention.
My kids are 4 and 2 1/2. Having a fun, silly book that isn't too long but more than a baby book is important. It's also important for there to be words that my 4 yr old can recognize since she is just starting to read.
This book fits the bill! It's a super cute story about a girl slug who writes poems for a boy slug that she likes. He writes poems back. The poems are age appropriate for young kids (rhyming words, only a few lines, uses adjectives and nouns that they know). It's also an easy read for adults. (Have you tried reading 102 Dalmatians? Horrible, over their head book that never ends.)
The story in this book also doesn't talk about who has a better Valentine's Day card, doesn't have other characters "putting down" others, etc. (like in Love, Splat). It's a very sweet book!
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This is a wonderful story. I am a librarian and I read this story to every grade level from K-fifth grades and my students adore it. It is such a tender love story and the illustrations are delightful. The text makes all of us laugh, and the frustrations of the slugs unable to find one another has all of us on the edge of our seats hoping for a happy finale. I love this book!
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I was repulsed the first time I ever encountered a slug in my yard. Encountering the slugs in this charming story has had the exact opposite effect. I am a romantic, and believe most young children are too. They will like this tale as much as I do.
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This is such a cute book! The illustrations are fabulous and the story line is fun. The rhyming is cute and not over the top. My 6 year old loved it and so did his older brother who was secretly listening! Great price for a cute book kids will want to read or hear again and again.
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Stumbled across this book on Amazon while ordering other books and it looked interesting. It was on sale for a great price so I figured I would give it a try! Cute story will a nice 'love story'. If you are looking for something a little unconventional you should check it out.
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Such a cute book. I don't often buy hardcover books but as soon as we read the copy from the library I had to have it. Trust me it will make you smile. Oh, and my 4yo daughter does like it as much as I do.
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My 4 and 8 year old boys are requesting this book every night. We've read it dozens of times, perhaps more. I especially like that is a nature-based love story that appeals to boys and girls. I will be buying this as a birthday gift for children turning 4, 5, or 6.
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