Be My Valenslime

WaterBrook. Dec. 2023. 40p. Tr $13.99. ISBN 9780593579459.
PreS-Gr 2–Snoodle doesn’t fit in with the other monsters. That’s because Snoodle loves candy hearts, sparkly stickers, and valentines. The other monsters don’t do Valentine’s Day. Snoodle decides to convince her friends—“I’ll prove Valentine’s is the BEST!”—and that’s where the fun begins. Children will enjoy this silly story and love to look through the vibrant, detailed illustrations. Educators will find numerous connections to makerspaces and creating Valentine’s art. But this book’s biggest strength goes beyond its holiday tie-in and fun: There are powerful messages about the nature of love on almost every page. For example, when the monsters go wild during a craft lesson, Snoodle remembers that, “love is patient.”
VERDICT Highly recommended. An accomplishment, this book manages to be simultaneously important and fun.

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