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Slugs in Love

Slugs in Love

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by Susan Pearson

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Marylou loves everything about Herbie—how his slime trail glistens in the dark, how he can stretch himself thin to squeeze inside the cellar window, and how he always finds the juiciest tomatoes. But Marylou is a shy slug. How can she get Herbie to notice her? Find out how Marylou woos her beloved in this "must-have" love-story that’s perfect for


Marylou loves everything about Herbie—how his slime trail glistens in the dark, how he can stretch himself thin to squeeze inside the cellar window, and how he always finds the juiciest tomatoes. But Marylou is a shy slug. How can she get Herbie to notice her? Find out how Marylou woos her beloved in this "must-have" love-story that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

With its irresistible illustrations and comical plot, this story of two slime-crossed lovers is bound to delight sweethearts young and old. "Marylou loved everything about Herbie—how his slime trail glistened in the dark, how he could stretch himself thin to squeeze inside the cellar window...." Herbie keeps finding Marylou's poems, etched in slug slime and full of devotion, but Marylou keeps missing the longing letters he writes in return. While she watches his every move, he can't find anyone who knows where she is so he can meet her. Herbie finally decides to leave a note where Marylou just can't miss it ("Allslugs like tomatoes!" he thinks). When Marylou realizes at last that her affections are returned, Pearson doesn't stint on the happiness that ensues—"What joy! What gladness!" Both the book's title and the heart that encloses the happy pair on the jacket seem to be defined in shiny red slug slime. O'Malley makes the most of the diverse poems—they appear on a watermelon, a garden hoe, a scarecrow's hat—and he endows the community of slugs with a variety of expressions both whimsical and witty. Marylou sports two pink bows on her stalk eyes and Herbie's Mr. Dreamy eyes sparkle with fun. Full of humor and charm, this story of love requited is as satisfying as a box of Valentine chocolates. Ages 4-8. (Nov.)

Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
It is not easy to present slugs as appealing characters, but Marylou and Herbie are an almost attractive pair with large eyes who yearn for companionship and love. Since all slugs tend to look alike, Marylou always wears red ribbons, while Herbie sports a blue baseball cap. Marylou thinks about Herbie all the time but she is too shy to approach him, so she leaves him a message on a watering can. Herbie responds with a message on a garden hoe, which Marylou never sees because the gardener puts the hoe away. Marylou then writes a message on a wheelbarrow and Herbie writes a message on a fence board, but rain washes his words away. Ah, the path to true love is never easy. After many days of what appears to be unrequited love, Marylou finds a message Herbie left on a tomato. Marylou answers by leaving a note on the barn roof: "Your rhyme/is sublime,/Herbie, dear,/I am here!" Herbie and Marylou, along with a crew of little slugs, live happily ever after in the cool shade found under the porch. This book is fun, but it would have been even more appealing if the messages were shown as shiny, silvery trails since they were all written in slime.
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2
Too timid to approach Herbie face-to-face, shy slug Marylou uses her slime trail to write love poems to him and leave them around the garden. Herbie responds to each of her poems with a rhyme of his own, but a series of unforeseeable circumstances prevents Marylou from finding them. The hoe he has written on is put in the barn, rain washes away his verse on the fence, and he composes on a melon while Marylou is spending the day in the squash patch. Desperate to meet the sweet poet, Herbie composes a final message on a tall tomato plant. At last, Marylou sees it; the two slugs meet and fall in love. The characters are well developed through the increasingly expressive poems they write for one another. Readers will enjoy the simultaneous drama and humor in this story, squealing as Marylou repeatedly just misses Herbie's missives, and laughing over Sammy's not-so-helpful tip to assist Herbie in identifying his secret admirer: "I think she's the brownish one." Bright, clear cartoon artwork provides a slug's-eye view of the garden and its inhabitants, and the final picture gives readers a peek into Herbie and Marylou's future together. A clever and endearing love story that proves the power of perseverance.
—Amanda MossCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Slugs in love? Call it a "slime-ance!" Marylou is too shy to tell Herbie how she loves everything about him so she writes him a love poem in slime on the watering can. "Strawberries are red. Blueberries are blue. Herbie is handsome. Love, Marylou." Unsure of which slug is Marylou, Herbie writes back on the garden hoe to ask her, but the gardener puts the hoe away so she never sees his message. Missed messages left and right, but true love slugs onward. She writes a poem on the wheelbarrow; he puts a message on the fence. She writes a poem on the scarecrow; he puts a message on the watermelons. She writes a poem on a zucchini; he puts his message on the tomatoes. And finally, the match is made in the tomato patch. The humorous illustrations use markers, colored pencils and Photoshop to comically characterize the slugs with distinguishing accessories (pink antennae ribbons and blue baseball cap) and personalities. Kids' reactions? Eeew-slugs, love, slime rhymes? Snail-mail fun that gives a new connotation to sliming someone. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
8.24(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.44(d)
AD590L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Susan Pearson lives in Plainfield, Massachusetts. She spends time working in her garden, where she has made friends with slugs of all kinds. She has written more than twenty picture books, including How to Teach a Slug to Read. For more information about Susan, visit her Web site: www.susanpearson.net

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Slugs in Love 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
book4children More than 1 year ago
So cute! This tale of romance between two slugs is super adorable. I have always had a soft spot for love stories, even ones in picture books. The writing is clear and concise, with just the right amount of words on each page. The story moves along quickly, so your child isn't likely to get bored with the things that are happening. I loved the way Marylou kept leaving poems for Herbie all around the garden, and how every time he wrote a poem back to her, something happened so that she wouldn't see it. The Illustrations: Very nice artwork. Beautiful colors and nice designs make it easy to see what is happening and make the story that much more enjoyable. This book is available in paperback or Kindle versions. The Kindle version is only $3.99.