This Is Not a Valentine Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-03 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" A sweet and sentimental book about friendship and the beauty of young crushes. It reminded me of my son who carefully chose a special valentine for a specific girl, but doesn’t want us to talk about it or make a big deal about it. The illustrations are wonderful, especially the birds eye view page and the picture the main character draws for his valentine. " said.

" A charming little tale of friendship and sharing "NOT" valentines with someone special. Perfect for children who want to celebrate Valentine's Day and the sweetness of friendship. We'll skip the pink hearts and glitter and romantic love, thank you very much! In this story, rocks with googly eyes and newspaper planes can be just as special. " said.

" I bought this book for my husband for Valentine's Day and am absolutely in love with it, especially how perfectly Carter Higgins captures a child-like narrative voice. This is one of my favorite passages: "You like the brown in the mud puddle / and fish-food orange / and that purpley-blue on your nose / when it's a mittens kind of day." Any kind of day is a perfect day to curl up with this book and someone you love. " said.

"If you are in need a a smile this Valentine’s Day, then you must find a copy of THIS IS NOT A VALENTINE, a super poignant picture book by debut author Carter Higgins and children’s book veteran Lucy Ruth Cummins.

This book is not a Valentine, see. There aren’t roses or candy hearts; frilly edges or mushy kisses. Instead, it’s full of secret hiding spots, superhero capes, and two adorable kids learning what it means to really care for someone.

I’ve never been one for the mushiness of the holiday, but give me honest, sweet, real love any day, and I’m a fan.
THIS IS NOT A VALENTINE gives a nod to bashful, honest, handmade first crushes and the power of loving someone. It’s ridiculously sweet, and there’s one line (which I’m not spoiling!) near the end of the story that truly warmed my heart. THIS IS NOT A VALENTINE is one of those stories full of truth that’s applicable to all ages.

I also really loved that this is a diverse picture book!

If you have a little one on the cusp of school crushes and first love, this is a sweet story to put in their hands or even read aloud! Highly recommended for Valentine’s Day and every day after!
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"It's not! Carter Higgins has written a Valentine Day story that offers up the idea to readers that true friendship is unrelated to glitter, hear shaped cards, and sweet treats, but rather the moments shared. Through the constant reiteration that every action and token given is not a Valentine, there is an offering that feels more meaningful: noticing what his friend loves to do and wear, investing time in creating something for her, giving away a cherished possession, and being comfortable enough to be himself, to mention a few. " said.

"Carter Higgins' adorable picture book THIS IS NOT A VALENTINE left a sweet impression the very first time I read it. This is one of those rare books with the *perfect* balance of humor, heart, kid appeal, adult nostalgia, and absolutely precious illustrations, and I had to go back through it several times before I put it away. This is definitely a book I will come back to again and again--not just at Valentines Day, but all year long! I look forward to reading much more from this talented author!" said.

"Thanks to Chronicle Books for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

THIS IS NOT A VALENTINE is the perfect valentine for kiddos who aren’t quite ready for valentines yet. It’s not about the card, it’s about the perfect connection between two friends. It’s about all the little moments that add up to one big friendship. It’s about being together instead of being alone.

THIS IS NOT A VALENTINE is all the things our family celebrates on Valentine’s Day. True connection. Time together. Showing you care. No glitter allowed. The perfect sentiment for our Valentine’s Day table.
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"This is a sweet picture book that would be perfect to share with young readers during the days leading up to Valentines Day. The little boy is giving and sharing all sorts of sweet and thoughtful gifts with the little girl who is his friend at school. But none of these are Valentines! This could generate a nice discussion about ways to show kindness to others. The illustrations, rendered in brush marker, gouache, graphite, colored pencil, crayon, ink, and charcoal, have a childlike whimsy that help make this such an endearing book. This could also make a nice Valentine gift for a special friend." said.

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