Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink

Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink

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by Diane deGroat, Diane Degroat
     
 

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When Gilbert writes two not-so-nice valentines to his classmates, his prank quickly turns into pandemonium. But there's always time for a change of heart on Valentine's Day.

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When Gilbert writes two not-so-nice valentines to his classmates, his prank quickly turns into pandemonium. But there's always time for a change of heart on Valentine's Day.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Following teacher's orders, Gilbert, a fuzzy-looking woodland creature, inscribes Valentines for his classmates, devising "nice" rhymes for each. But his bonhomie disappears when he comes to Lewis, who tweaked Gilbert's nose, and Margaret, who teased him about his glasses. As the clever, kid-obliging title attests, Gilbert does not make nice on their cards; to escape the consequences, he signs Margaret's name to Lewis's Valentine and vice versa. Of course, when neither receives a card signed with Gilbert's name, the identity of the prankster is clear. In a predictable resolution to this sweet if minor tale, Gilbert does the right thing and composes friendly Valentines to the two, who apologize for having hurt his feelings. The winning touch here is de Groat's (Annie Pitts, Swamp Monster) characteristically buoyant watercolor art, which features an amiable crew of assorted animals, many festively clad in Valentine's Day-appropriate reds and pinks. Ages 5-up. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
The mean valentine... the fear that lurks in every heart come February 14th surfaces here in this amusing and cleverly written and illustrated saga. It features one Valentine celebrant's poetic efforts to complete a class assignment while remaining true to his honest feelings about two of his classmates. Hurt feelings result all around, but there's resolution and forgiveness in this ultimately feel-good Valentine celebration.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2Gilbert writes not-so-nice Valentine poems for two rude classmates and signs their names to the cards. Since Margaret and Lewis both receive two Valentines from each otherone good and one badand none from Gilbert, his ploy is discovered and all the students ostracize him. The dilemma is resolved when all three apologize and Gilbert writes them new poems and shares his homemade cookies. Human foibles, humorously yet accurately revealed, are given practical, realistic, nondidactic solutions. DeGroat's delightful anthropomorphic critters are usually shown from readers' point of view, which draws them into the action. But occasionally the artist places Gilbert in a bird's-eye, omniscient view. Large, two-page watercolor spreads and a simple but smooth third-person narrative make this book a good choice for group sharing.Claudia Cooper, Ft. Stockton Independent School District, TX
Hazel Rochman
Gilbert, a chipmunkish critter, has to write valentine poems for each of his classmates because his teacher says that Valentine's Day is about liking each other. He enjoys writing the cards for his friends, but for two mean kids in his class, Lewis and Margaret, he writes the worst cards he can ("Roses are red, you wet your bed, I think that you have rocks in your head" ). After the initial uproar, the hostility is finally turned around with good humor and with lots of nonsense and forgiveness. The rabbit, skunk, bear, and porcupine characters display droll, very human classroom behavior. Kids will enjoy all the rhymes, and they'll want to make up their own playful parodies, both mushy and mean.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688136048
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Series:
Gilbert and Friends Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
AD590L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Read an Excerpt

There they were, fifteen black valentine cards waiting to be filled with nice valentine poems. They were sitting on the kitchen table in a pile as high as Gilbert's nose. Mrs. Byrd had told them to write something nice for each classmate, because Valentine's Day was about liking each other.

Gilbert liked Patty a lot. She had smiley eyes and a silly laugh that made Gilbert feel silly, too. He picked out the biggest card and wrote inside:

Roses are red,
violets are blue.
Your eyes are nice,
and I like you.
Gilbert

Gilbert also liked Frank. Frank let Gilbert use his baseball mitt once when Gilbert forgot to bring his own. On Frank's card he wrote:

Your name is Frank.
It isn't Hank.
You lent me your mitt,
so you I thank.
Gilbert

This is fun, Gilbert thought. He continued to write nice valentine poems until there were two cards left. One for Lewis and one for Margaret.

Gilbert didn't want to write a nice poem for Lewis. Lewis once tweaked Gilbert's nose until it turned red.

He didn't want to write a nice poem for Margaret, either. Margaret made fun of Gilbert's glasses.

...So he didn't write nice poems.Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink. Copyright © by Diane deGroat. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Diane deGroat is the illustrator of more than 120 children's books and the author-illustrator of bestselling books about Gilbert, including Ants in Your Pants, Worms in Your Plants! (Gilbert Goes Green); April Fool! Watch Out at School!; Mother, You're the Best! (But Sister, You're a Pest!); Last One in Is a Rotten Egg!; and the New York Times bestseller Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink. Diane lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Diane deGroat is the illustrator of more than 120 children's books and the author-illustrator of bestselling books about Gilbert, including Ants in Your Pants, Worms in Your Plants! (Gilbert Goes Green); April Fool! Watch Out at School!; Mother, You're the Best! (But Sister, You're a Pest!); Last One in Is a Rotten Egg!; and the New York Times bestseller Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink. Diane lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
WendyLouMA More than 1 year ago
The art work is beautiful. The length of the story is perfect for my daughter who just turned 4. The content may be tough for a 4 year old child to understand but that just gives us a chance to talk about it.
shadowlove More than 1 year ago
My son is 4 years old and he can't get enough of this book. Very cute and also teaches the kids about being nice to others. Love it would totaly recomend it to all. Even for teachers.
ShellyPA More than 1 year ago
Bought for my son and daughter for valentines day! Loved this book! It's message about others feelings and friendship is so important to teach children at a young age!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's Valentine's Day. Gilbert is making valentine cards for his class. But he doesn't want to make one for Lewis and Margaret. Because they did stuff to him he did't like. So he writes mean stuff to them. But he doesn't want them to do mean stuff to him again. So he signs their names on the cards. I like this book because it is funny and it could really happen!
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