Saturday, February 11, 2012

Valentine Books for Kids, Book Reviews: Pinkalicious Pink of Hearts & Amelia Bedelia's First Valentine

This past week I've been posting some reviews for some great Valentine Day books via my Celebration of Love series. Today I wanted to share two more reviews for Valentine Day themed books for kids.

Published by: Harper Festival
Released on: November 22nd, 2011
Source: book from publisher to review
Ages: K & up
4 stars: We Really Enjoyed It!
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

Pinkalicious loves Valentine's Day! Everyone in her class is assigned to make an extra-special Valentine's Day card for one person in the class. Pinklicious creates a magnificently pinkerrific card. Will the valentine that she gets in return measure up? -quoted from Goodreads

Fans of Pinkalicious will love reading about Pinkalicious's Valentine story. She not only learns the importance of making a nice card for a friend, and how fun it is to do something like that, but she learns the importance of making something and getting a gift made from the heart. This is adorable story comes with Pinkalicious stickers and cute Valentine Day cards, a must have for any Pinkalicious fan.

Released on: November 22nd, 2011
Source: book from publisher to review
Ages: 5 & up
2 Stars: It Was An Ok Read
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

Amelia Bedelia is sure she will love everything about Valentine's Day.
The sweet surprises

Cards to give and receive
A party at school
A big, long family hug

Amelia Bedelia can't wait.

What could be better?
Valentine's Day!
Hooray for Valentine's Day! -quoted from Goodreads

I loved Amelia Bedelia when I was younger, and I enjoy seeing her in a younger form, but this is not a story that connected well with my kids as many things were a little over their heads. For example during the Valentine party one of the students asked for punch, so Amelia punched him. While I understood the concept behind that my kids did not and I had to explain it to them. Having said that, I think the over all concept of having Amelia Bedelia act the way she does at this young of an age doesn't work well with the targeted age group. It missed the mark from original charming Amelia. Don't get me wrong, we enjoyed reading about Amelia's mishaps during Valentine's Day and how she was able to fix things, but overall this is a story that didn't connect with my kids or myself.

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