Reviews for Secret Valentine

Booklist Reviews 2013 December #1
As Valentine's Day draws near, Mouse and Mole keep quiet about the funny, butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling that each has for the other. They make Valentine cards for all their friends and deliver them together. When Mouse receives a note and gifts from her "Secret Valentine," she is baffled. Who can it be? Readers will guess his identity long before she does, but that's part of the book's appeal. Charming ink-and-watercolor illustrations brighten every page. The gentle, simply written tale unfolds in four chapters, followed by two pages of instructions for making Valentine cards. A pleasant entry in the Mouse and Mole series. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring
The seventh Mouse and Mole book celebrates Valentine's Day in four chapters. As the friends prepare for the holiday, they start feeling fluttery and awkward around each other. Cozy scenes in litho pencil and gouache add extra warmth and expressiveness to the simple sentences, while the picture clues help new readers follow along. The book concludes with step-by-step instructions for making a valentine.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2014 #1
Full of blushing cheeks, butterflies-in-stomachs, and goofy grins, the seventh title in the Mouse and Mole beginning reader series celebrates Valentine's Day with a mouse-gets-mole romantic comedy in four chapters. As best friends Mouse and Mole prepare for the holiday by making valentines, they start feeling fluttery and awkward around each other. Before Mouse can identify her crush on Mole, she gets sidetracked by a mysterious message from a secret admirer that has her walking into lampposts and eating entire boxes of chocolate. The cozy scenes in litho pencil and gouache add extra warmth and expressiveness to the simple sentences, while the picture clues help new readers follow along. Repetition in the text not only reinforces vocabulary but will also help attentive readers solve the mystery of Mouse's secret admirer before she does. The book concludes with step-by-step instructions for making a valentine. julie roac Copyright 2013 Horn Book Magazine.

Kirkus Reviews 2013 October #1
Mouse and Mole are best friends, but with Valentine's Day coming soon, each has a peculiar feeling of butterflies in the stomach when thinking of the other. Could their relationship be changing in this season of love? As Valentine's Day nears, Mouse and Mole get together to decorate cards. Mouse is good at making a list of friends and writing the words, while Mole's specialty is cutting out paper hearts and sprinkling glitter over glue to create a sparkly message. When the buddies go out to deliver the cards, Mole forgets his hat and tells Mouse he'll catch up. Then during lunch, Mole must go find the waiter to alter his order. After each absence, Mouse receives a surprise from her "secret valentine." While she tries to find out who it is, Mole creates a most romantic gift, with chocolates, rose petals and an invitation to the Valentine dance. Mouse comes home to discover it and its special message just in time. Yee masterfully builds delicious anticipation throughout the four chapters. His spot illustrations in litho pencil and gouache not only evoke scenes of tender friendship, but also cue readers on the pacing and the new vocabulary they are encountering. Rush out and treat newly independent readers to this heartwarming tale that brings a satisfying end to the arc of Mouse and Mole's relationship. (valentine instructions) (Early reader. 6-9) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2013 October #2

In their seventh outing, Mouse and Mole are seriously in love, even if Mouse doesn't know it yet. When Mouse receives a "secret valentine," her head is so much in the clouds that she walks into a lamppost. And she's so busy trying to determine the identity of her admirer that she doesn't pay attention to the butterflies she feels whenever she's with Mole. After a romantic dinner and a rendezvous befitting a rom-com, the two animals seal their love with a dance. Yee creates a punchy story arc over the story's four chapters and charming pencil and gouache spot illustrations. This romp of an early reader acknowledges that a first crush can feel every bit as momentous as a more long-term love. Ages 6-9. (Dec.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 October

K-Gr 2--Mouse lists friends to make cards for for Valentine's Day, realizes that Mole is her best friend, and gets "a funny feeling inside-like butterflies in her stomach." As Mole takes out art supplies, he thinks, "Valentine's Day is about love" and experiences "butterflies in his stomach" and a flushed face. Mole teaches Mouse how to cut a heart shape from paper and enhance letters with glue and glitter, and Mouse writes words on the cards. While she receives anonymous valentines and wonders who sent them, she wishes that Mole would ask her to the Valentine's Day dance. She discovers an invitation that someone has placed beneath rose petals in a box of chocolates, asking her to be at the party at four. When she arrives, she discovers that Mole is her "secret valentine," and "together, they stepped out onto the dance floor." Detailed pencil and gouache illustrations set the stage and capture the action. Directions for making a valentine are included. This heartwarming, early chapter book unfolds with perfect pacing, and every word advances the plot, provides information, or delivers humor. A delightful addition.--Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI

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