Porcupine Cupid

S. & S./Margaret K. McElderry. Dec. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481481014.
PreS-Gr 1–Porcupine is excited about Valentine’s Day and wants everyone in the forest to experience true love. Unfortunately, she has a rather painful way of playing Cupid. She pokes them with a quill before giving them good wishes. The response is not quite what she expects; they are angry. After a bit of reflection, she has another plan, and anonymously posts a meeting notice to discuss the “Poke-y Porcupine Problem.” There, while complaining (the complaints framed in wonderfully groan-worthy puns), all the animals find true love, in pairings of same gender and opposite. Loose and goofy digital illustrations complement to the sprightly narrative.
VERDICT More LBGTQ+ Valentine’s books, please! For larger collections and those with healthy holiday circulations.

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