This Is Not a Valentine by Carter Higgins

This Is Not a Valentine

This book is not a valentine. It doesn't have lacey edges or sugary hearts. But it is full of lucky rocks, secret hiding spots, and gumball machine treasures. This is a book about waiting in line and wishing for cinnamon buns. About recognizing that if you care so much about someone not thinking you care, maybe you really do. But wait—isn't that exactly what love is about? Maybe this book is sort of a valentine after all. A testament to handmad...

Details This Is Not a Valentine

TitleThis Is Not a Valentine
Release DateDec 26th, 2017
PublisherChronicle Books
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Holiday, Academic, School

Reviews This Is Not a Valentine

  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC provided by the publisherTwo elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, glittery, lacey, sugary sorts of gifts that most people give. Instead, he gives her gifts that he know she will like such as a red superhero cape, a ring that matches her sho...
  • Barbara
    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret hiding place or a lucky stone or part of a sandwich. The wry quality of the text and the slyly matter of fact illustrations, created with brush marker, gouache, grap...
  • Mary Lee
    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February.
  • Kate Olson
    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show we care in so many different ways, and that a "typical" mushy gushy Valentine isn't the only acceptable format. The poetic text coupled with the simple but charming ...
  • Mary Hamer
    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again!
  • Katie
    I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. I loved this book.
  • Margie
    It is a greeting given in friendship. It is a written declaration of devotion. It is a token of endearment. On February 14th, collectively by more people than any other day of the year, love is celebrated. Brave souls will reveal their sincere feelings for others. If the fondness is known, shared and has stood the test of time, it is honored for the treasure it is.You can be a Valentine, the cherished individual, or you can give someone a Valenti...
  • Amanda Schreiber
    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can’t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A must own for classroom libraries.
  • Karina
    This book is so adorable! I love how the words and pictures tell a story of a sweet friendship between two classmates. The words are perfect and the pictures complement the prose perfectly. I want to give this book to my husband for Valentine's Day!
  • Niki (Daydream Reader)
    This is a perfect read aloud book for Valentine's Day! So sweet!
  • Julie Guzzetta
    Such a sweet and charming book! One of the other reviewers said it best - it's about all the ways that love can be expressed without typical "valentines" gifts and cards.
  • Michelle (FabBookReviews)
    4.5 stars Even though it will likely protest this statement, This Is Not a Valentine might just be the most perfect Valentine! Readers, through the eyes of an adamant young protagonist, get to learn about all the ways that certain things (kinds of flowers, kinds of hand drawn pictures, grocery store rings in plastic cases that match your favourite shoelaces, hand-folded paper airplanes, etc.) are definitely, absolutely NOT Valentine's... As our y...
  • Laurie
    Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.7@kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.What exactly does a Valentine look like? Red hearts and glitter? Not always! Valentines can come in the form of dandelions and rings from a plastic container and capes and rocks. This is such a sweet story of friendship, not just on Valentine's Day, but the whole year. Students of all age...
  • Susan
    Thank you to @kidlitexchange and @chroniclebooks for providing a copy of this book for my review. All opinions are my own.A little guy in the cape INSISTS that the treasures he shares with the little girl on his bus are not Valentines. Because after all, Valentines are supposed to be sweet smelling flowers, not almost dead dandelions, real jewels, not vending machine rings, and especially not a red superhero cape aren’t they? But when you share...
  • Jennifer
    This is NOT a Valentine. It's just a little note that tells readers they will enjoy this lovely picture book by Carter Higgins! Carter has taken all the Valentine-stereotypes and threw them out the school bus window, and shows us what Valentine messages really mean. Valentines sparkle; they're pink and glittery.But you might like the brown in the mud puddle.Valentines have cooties that tumble out when you open them."But if we both get cooties...t...
  • Hayley DeRoche
    I think the concept of this book is sweeter than the final product. Maybe because the concept is about how things beyond paper Valentines can show how much we care, but the product talks about boy/girl cooties and my daughter was simply confused about why the little boy wouldn't want to just be direct. I explained he was shy, but the straight "cootie" talk made that not exactly a believable reason. I hate to give a book with such sweet (diverse!)...
  • Jana
    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,...
  • Terri
    I really liked a lot of things about this book, but a couple of things leave me questioning. It's so obvious the Kevin really likes the little girl, but is his liking returned? That's not clear at all, especially when the back endpapers are seen. The valentine she gave Kevin at the beginning is exactly like all the other cards she has for others. It left me feeling rather sad for Kevin who is so sweet and thoughtful with his caring gifts. I also ...
  • Arminzerella
    I like the idea of this book - that you can show someone you know (and notice things about them) and love/care about them in lots of different ways and not just on one particular day (and even if you're afraid or reluctant to actually SAY "love"), but I didn't really love the execution, mostly the text didn't work for me. The illustrations were sweet, though, and it was lovely that the story revolved around a couple of kids of different colors/et...
  • Ann
    This is my new favorite Valentine book! I love how the little boy actually thinks about what his friend would actually like . He makes sure to point out that these things are NOT, mushy or red, or hearts etc...Love it!
  • Cheryl
    Adorable book on friendship that expands beyond just one day of the year. For this boy, Valentine's Day is not a day because he likes his friend all the days of the year and can't imagine limiting all those things reserved just for Valentine's Day to one day only. The cutest love letter ever.
  • Ariel
    This is definitely a Valentine's Day book, but it's also definitely a book for all 365 days in a year. The charming concept is that a boy doesn't want to gift a valentine to his friend, because his affection for her lasts beyond just one day or one symbol in a gift.
  • Jason Gallaher
    This just melted my heart from start to finish (even though it's not a Valentine, you know). I love all the things the main character does to show his feelings, and how he respectfully gauges the reaction of the girl he admires rather than overstep his bounds and become overzealous.
  • Melanie
    A charming story of enduring friendship!
  • Meg
    The sweetest story of Elementary friendships.
  • Kelly
    While I think that it's a neat little valentine book, I don't trust that little readers will get the idea of the book. The illustrations are very nice.
  • Miss Sarah
    A young boy tells a girl all things he likes and all the presents he wants to give her but none of them are a valentine's day gift or thought. preschool or not
  • Jennifer
    Very lovely language.
  • Briar
    Probably one of the most adorable, funny kids reads we've shared in awhile! A quick story time, sit down, feel good book.