Dino-Valentine’s Day

Carolrhoda. (Dino-Holidays). Nov. 2022. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781512403190.
K-Gr 3–February snow is on the ground, and the dinosaurs in town are all aflutter with Valentine’s Day preparations. At school, the dinos are crafting paper Valentine holders and cards. Dino Minmi makes special Valentines for not one, but three dino-crushes! After school, the dinos make Valentine treats and cookies at home. They buy flowers, chocolates, and treats at specialty stores. On Dino-Valentine’s Day, the dinos can’t wait for the time to arrive to exchange their cards and gifts. The day concludes with a raucous Valentine Dance, where Minmi takes the stage to declare her true Valentine. The story ends abruptly, hinting that the dinos will have fun again at their next party–a Hanukkah celebration. This unsubtle plug for the next “Dino-Holiday” installment may confuse children, as there are numerous holidays that the dinos can celebrate between February and December. Nevertheless, kids will relate to the hype and anticipation of a classroom Valentine’s Day party. The digital artwork includes intense pinks, reds, and purples that reinforce the customary Valentine holiday color scheme. As usual for this series, the illustrations are well composed, which draws the viewer’s eye around the page to all the dinosaur action that surrounds the bubbly narrative rhyming couplets.
VERDICT A roarsome addition to your Valentine and “Dino-Holiday” collection.

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