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Valentine Day Picture Books

on February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day!

Today, I wanted to share two new picture book stories which are great for Valentine’s Day reads. Both follow a similiar structure and character arc in that both books have a character who is unlovable and trying to find love and failing until he meets the right girl who is just like him! One of the things which makes a great picture book is the ability to read the picture book again and again. This is one of the key factors which separates a picture book from a short story that you might find in magazines such as Highlights or Cricket. A good way to capture that read me again quality is by writing about timeless themes such as love and including underdog characters who finally succeed at getting what they need and want.

Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Scott Campbell, Atheneum Books for Young Readers Publisher, August 2011

Mortimer, the zombie, has been looking for love everywhere–with no success. Why? Because he is a Zombie and when he goes to the gym, his arms fall off and when he takes ballroom dance lessons, the gals find him a bit too stiff to dance! Now, Mortimer is at the dance, and he’s looking spiffy. But, no one will dance with him, no matter how big he smiles his Zombie smile. UNTIL…(Cue the music), another Zombie gal named Mildred arrives late to the dance and clears the dance floor with her sudden thud on the floor. Now, Mortimer finally has a dance partner–someone just like him!

Mr Prickles: A Quill Fated Love Story by Kara LaReau and Scott Magoon. Published by Roaring Brook Press, December 2011.

Mr Prickles is a little hard to get close to–he just has so many prickles! The other animals tell him that he’s not like them. “But, I am,” says Mr Prickles. “On the inside.” Poor Mr. Prickles. Everyone needs someone to love. And then one day, Mr. Prickles notices someone else emerging out of the tree right next to him. Can it be? Is it? Yes! It is another porcupine. Suddenly, love is in the air for Mr Prickles and Ms. PointyPants!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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2 responses to “Valentine Day Picture Books

  1. Jen says:

    Thank goodness it wasn’t Mr. Pointypants looking for love . . . ;o)

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