Melvin's Valentine


Melvin worries his way around Trucktown trying to find out who gave him a valentine. After everyone he asks says no, little Rita beeps her way to Melvin's attention. Did she give Melvin the valentine?

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Melvin worries his way around Trucktown trying to find out who gave him a valentine. After everyone he asks says no, little Rita beeps her way to Melvin's attention. Did she give Melvin the valentine?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Readers familiar with the “Jon Sciezka’s Trucktown” series will know that Melvin is a bit of a nervous truck. This big, tough-looking cement mixer has a rooster hood ornament and a tendency for worrying. When he awakes one morning to find a valentine hung in his doorway, he begins worrying about who sent it. Melvin tours Trucktown, visiting various characters to inquire about whether each one sent it. Was it the construction vehicle named Grader Kat? The flatbed named Jack Truck? Was it Payloader Pete, or Hook and Ladder Lucy or Pumper Pat? No. After each inquiry, Rescue Rita is seen in the distance, sounding “Beep, Beep.” Quick readers might guess the first time that Rita sent the valentine; surely, by her third appearance, everyone will know. This does not distract from the story, since young readers like to be “in” on secrets. The book reaches a sweet resolution as Rita lets Melvin know she sent the valentine, and he notes he is glad. This is an engaging book for early readers, who will be pleased to take the lead in reading to mom or dad. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green; Ages 2 to 6.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Have you ever received a valentine for an anonymous sender? Melvin did and he is fretting because he really wants to know who the mysterious sender is. As he travels around, he asks various buddies—Kat, Jack, Pete, Lucy and Pat if they sent the card. Each denies that he or she was the mysterious sender. In the background of several pictures, little Rita keeps going "beep, beep." But Melvin seems clueless. Finally, she catches up with him and thanks him for showing everyone her valentine. Now Melvin is happy, the sender is no longer a mystery. However, what is not really clear is whether this was a valentine from Rita to Melvin or a valentine that Rita had received and shared with him. The kids who enjoy this holiday as well as the "Trucktown" series may find this tale amusing. A Level 1 book in the "Ready-To-Roll" series, this title features a simple story, and reasonably long sentences. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481414586
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Series: Jon Scieszka's Trucktown Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 450,590
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Scieszka

Jon Scieszka is the creator of Trucktown, including the New York Times bestselling Smash, Crash!, and the author of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, the Time Warp Trio series, Caldecott Honor Book The Stinky Cheese Man, and many other books that inspire kids to want to read. He has worked as an elementary school teacher and is the founder of, a literacy initiative for boys.

David Shannon has written and illustrated numerous award winning picture books including Duck on a Bike, the Caldecott Honor Book No David!, How I Learned to be a Pirate, and Good Boy Fergus. He is also one of the collaborative illustrators in Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown series. David lives with his wife and his daughter in Los Angeles.

Loren Long illustrated President Barack Obama’s Of Thee I Sing; the newest version of The Little Engine that Could; Madonna’s second picture book, Mr. Peabody’s Apples; Nightsong by Ari Berk; and the Barnstormers series. He also illustrated Frank McCourt’s Angela and the Baby Jesus and is part of the Design Garage for Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown series. Loren’s work has appeared in Time, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic. He lives with his wife and two sons in Westchester, Ohio. Visit him at

David Gordon is the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed The Ugly Truckling and The Three Little Riggs. His first book for Simon & Schuster was the adorable Smitten. He has done concept work for Pixar’s Toy Story; Toy Story 2; A Bug’s Life; Monsters, Inc.; and Cars; as well as Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. He also did character design work on Blue Sky’s Robots. He lives in New York City. Visit him at

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