Published December 22nd 2015 by Dial Books
Cat learns the value of not judging too quickly, and the potential of making new friends, in this warm-hearted and delightfully illustrated tale.
Cat does NOT like Valentine’s Day. It’s much too mushy, and no way is he making a valentine for anyone—especially not his new neighbor, Dog. Dog refuses to respect the fence: he keeps tossing over old bones and hitting Cat in the head! But just as Cat’s about to send Dog an angry “valentine” telling him exactly what he can do with his bones, Dog throws a ball over the fence. What is Dog playing at? Cat is in for a hilarious—and heartwarming—surprise in this story about being perhaps too quick to judge.
So when I was given the chance to review Here Comes Valentine's Day Cat, I grinned and immediately jumped at the chance. Deborah Underwood reintroduces us to Cat, who is extremely vexed that Valentine's Day is just around the corner.
When it's suggested that he give a Valentine's card to his new neighbor Dog, Cat refuses, until he realizes that he may have been too quick to judge...
Like the other Here Comes... books, Underwood utilizes the process of breaking the fourth wall for Valentine's Day Cat. We see Cat realizing that Valentine's Day is approaching with dismay, and the narrator inquires why he doesn't like the holiday.
As we work thorough the various reasons why Cat doesn't want to celebrate Valentine's Day, including his dislike of the idea of sending new neighbor Dog a card, the narrator helps Cat - with a gentle patience that any parent or teacher may understand - recognize that he may have misjudged Dog, and Dog's intentions.
Ultimately, with the guidance of the narrator to open his mind, Cat recognizes his haste in judging too quickly. The book ends with a conclusion that any adult will recognize and appreciate, particularly if they've worked to teach younger readers new things before.
Alongside Claudia Rueda's cheerful sketches, giving Cat and Dog a vibrancy that works perfectly with the white backgrounds, this is another excellent book to add to the ever-growing adventures of Cat.
About the author and illustrator:
Deborah Underwood has worked as a street musician and at an accounting firm but is now a full-time writer who occasionally plays the ukulele. She is the author of several picture books, including New York Times bestseller The Quiet Book, Bad Bye Good Bye, and, of course, Here Comes the Easter Cat, Here Comes Santa Cat, and Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat. Deborah lives with her cat, Bella, who inspired Cat’s adventures.
Claudia Rueda is a full time picture book artist, as well as author/illustrator of Huff & Huff, Is It Big or Is It Little, and No. She also illustrated Here Comes the Easter Cat, Here Comes Santa Cat, and Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat. Her titles have been published in the US, Spain, and Mexico, and have been translated into French, Danish, Portuguese, Korean, and Chinese. Website: www.claudiarueda.com