Publishers Weekly - Publishers WeeklyThe eponymous heroine learns the real meaning of a certain February holiday in this fluffy tale. Ruby Valentine (a resident of Heartland and owner of a cockatoo named Lovebird) has her epiphany after devoting a week to making a wagonload of heart-shaped cards, cookies and cakes to distribute around town on February 14th. But her labors so exhaust her that she accidentally sleeps through the holiday. When she abjectly hands out her tokens of affection on February 15th, however, Friedman (A Style All Her Own) points out that, "no one seemed to mind!/ They just thanked and hugged her/ for being sweet and kind." The next spread delivers the moral: "Saying,/ `I love you!'/ doesn't have to wait 'til Valentine's / any day will do." With her red topknot and a perpetual spring in her step, Ruby is the very definition of spunk, and it seems almost cranky to quibble with the sunny energy and cheery, greeting card-esque sentiment in Cravath's (The Two Sillies) watercolor-and-ink drawings. Yet the illustrator does nothing to convey any kind of seasonal feel; in these pages, Valentine's Day seems to fall somewhere around Memorial Day. Youngsters who identify with the overachieving heroine, however, will cheer her discovery of a way to expand her passions all year long. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-StangerRuby Valentine lives in Heartland with her bird, Lovebird. Naturally, her favorite day is Valentine's Day, and she spends all year preparing for it. In a flurry of activity, she bakes heart-shaped cookies, makes glittery cards, and fills up goody bags. She and Lovebird work morning, noon, and night right up until the day before Valentine's Day, when they load up her wagon with mounds of gifts. But they are so tired that once they fall asleep they cannot wake up the next morning. In fact, morning, afternoon, and evening go by without Ruby Valentine. What will happen when she attempts to deliver her greetings a day behind? What will Ruby and her friends learn about the right day to say "I love you"? Colorful illustrations of Ruby, Lovebird, and the town will delight readers.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalK-Gr 4-Ruby Valentine and her pet cockatoo live in a cottage with heart-shaped trees outside. During the countdown to Valentine's Day, they make glittery cards, bake heart-shaped cookies and cakes, and prepare goody bags tied up with red bows. The day before the celebration, Ruby and Lovebird fill up their red wagon, ready to distribute gifts to all the townspeople. Before turning in, the hopeless romantic makes a huge heart-shaped sign that reads, "Love, Ruby Valentine" and places it high on the wagon. Everything is ready. Then, after all of their hard work, the child and her pet sleep through the big day. At Lovebird's urging, she pulls her wagon through town, delivering her gifts anyway. In the town square, Ruby stands atop an equestrian statue and apologizes for being late. The townspeople thank and hug her for being so kind and for turning an ordinary day into a celebration. Ruby realizes that you don't have to wait until Valentine's Day to say "I love you!" The mainly pastel watercolor-and-collage illustrations are full of humor and convey Ruby's joy and industriousness. This story, told in rhyme, should take a prominent place on Valentine's Day bookshelves.-Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsWith a name like Ruby Valentine, how could a girl not love Valentine's Day? To prepare, Ruby and her pet bird embark on a mission. They make glittery cards and heart-shaped cookies. They create goody bags, curl ribbons, wrap gifts and load up the wagon. Ruby decides on an outfit, fixes her hair and falls asleep, exhausted. Unfortunately, she snoozes for 24 hours straight, and when she awakes, she is bereft-it's a day too late to tell everyone that she loves them. Her bird convinces her that the townspeople won't mind that she's behind schedule, so Ruby valiantly sets out, full of apologies, to distribute her cards and gifts. When she realizes that no one is upset in the least, Ruby vows to express her love throughout the year and make good on her promise. Engaging watercolors depict Ruby on her quest, and though the sugary rhymed text is at times a bit cloying, Ruby herself is a charming heroine. A Valentine's offering as sweet as candy. (Picture book. 3-7)
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