Reviews for Snowy Valentine

Booklist Reviews 2011 December #2
Jasper, a long-eared rabbit, is worried about Valentine's Day. He can't seem to find the right gift for his wife. The search leads him to see if he can pick up ideas from the other residents of the valley. The porcupine family tries teaching him to knit a scarf like they're making for Mother, but Jasper is a butterfingers. Miriam is giving her husband chocolate-covered flies, but she's a frog. Teagan the fox wants to make Jasper part of a present to his wife: rabbit stew. After his escape, Jasper tells a cardinal that he fears he'll never find a present, but the bird shows him how he's already provided one. The big payoff--as he walked to various houses, Jasper's footsteps have outlined a heart--is diminished by the fact that it will be hard for young ones to actually make out the shape of the heart. That's too bad, because the rest of the story is quite sweet, and punctuated with bits of humor and suspense. Petersen, the creator of the Mouse Guard comics, makes his picture-book debut here. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring
Jasper Bunny can't think of the right Valentine gift for his wife. He tramps through the snow to his neighbors' houses looking for ideas. Finally, he discovers he has inadvertently created the best Valentine of all: a huge heart-shaped path in the snow. Petersen uses a strong black line and rich colors in his wintry illustrations for this tale with primarily grown-up appeal.

Kirkus Reviews 2011 December #1
Petersen, creator of the Mouse Guard comic-book series and winner of an Eisner Award for Best Publication for Kids (2008), impresses with his picture-book debut about a bunny's earnest quest for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for his wife. It is Valentine's Day, and Jasper has no gift for Lilly. He sets off in the snow searching for inspiration from his neighbors. Industrious porcupine children knit scarves for their mother, but Jasper just gets tangled up. Elegant Miriam the frog's chocolate-covered flies won't do, and neither will Everett the raccoon's wilted flowers. When Teagan the fox invites Jasper in to "brainstorm by the fire," he ends up "in the soup!" After escaping, poor Jasper is droopy-eared, wet, defeated. When he encounters Spalding the wise cardinal, he blurts out his worry and frustration at remaining empty-handed. "The cardinal looked thoughtful. ‘Hmm…. From where I sit, …you have given Lilly a wonderful gift already.' " The dramatic page-turn reveals Lilly outside their burrow looking down on the valley, where Jasper's footprints from his long journey have traced a huge heart in the snow. Lush, detailed illustrations drawn in ink and then digitally colored enrich the cozy reading experience. Superbly designed and executed with love; children of any age will appreciate the story's message and celebrate Jasper's quiet success. (Picture book. 4 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2011 November #4

Petersen, creator of the Mouse Guard comic book series, makes his picture book debut with the story of Jasper, a rabbit who is determined to come up with the perfect Valentine's Day gift for his wife, Lily. It's a familiar premise, and so is the resolution, which is unnecessarily spelled out at book's end: "Jasper's journey showed the greatest gift he could give: his love for her." However, the project exudes so much charm that readers aren't likely to mind. With dapperly attired characters like Miriam the frog (who has prepared chocolate-covered flies for her beloved) and Teagan the fox (who has rabbit stew in mind for his wife, much to Jasper's alarm), Petersen's storytelling and artwork offer hints of Beatrix Potter and Kenneth Grahame. It's a world that readers will be happy to lose themselves in. Ages 3-8. (Dec.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 November

PreS-Gr 2--Jasper Bunny, a dapper hare dressed in a three-piece suit and scarf, heads out of his snow-covered house in search of the perfect valentine for his wife, Lilly. At his first stop, he happens upon seven porcupine children knitting a scarf for their mother, but quickly realizes that he can't knit. Trudging on, Jasper finds that while a box of chocolate-covered flies is the perfect gift for Miriam Frog to give to her husband, "it's definitely not something…Lilly would enjoy!" After a brief visit to Everett Raccoon's peddler wagon, Jasper finds himself at Fox's door and barely avoids becoming rabbit stew. Wet and despairing, he describes his failed plans to a wise cardinal who shows him that he has already made the perfect gift. Jasper rushes home to Lilly, who loves the heart his determined footprints have drawn across the valley. Petersen's whimsical, full-bleed illustrations with Victorian-pattern details add warmth and gentle humor to the story. The raccoon's posture and expression give readers all the information necessary to hear exactly how he might speak to Jasper, and the bunny's expressive ears show the earnestness of his journey. Adults and children alike will smile when, along with Jasper, they discover his gift to Lilly. The timeless quality of the theme and perfect cast of supporting characters make this valentine story a head (or at least two rabbit ears) above the rest.--Jenna Boles, Washington-Centerville Public Library, OH

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