With so much to laugh at, children will enjoy repeat readsand so will the grownups.” Booklist, Starred Review
“Readers will ask for repeated readings in order to further examine the details on the pages. Add this one to your holiday repertoire.” School Library Journal, Starred Review
“As is the case with the other Dolores books, this is one full of visual activity and funny asides.” Kirkus Reviews
“The pacing is as lively as the cartoonlike illustrations. Siblings on each end of the spectrumolder and youngerwill identify with these girls and their funny but believable antics.” The Columbus Dispatch
“Dolores is funny, mischievous and endearing. . . . will have children alternately laughing and groaning in empathy.” The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA)
Dolores, her older sister, Faye, and Duncan the cat return for a holiday adventure in Happy Valentines Day, Dolores by Barbara Samuels, in which Dolores "accidentally" winds up with Faye's special Valentine's Day frog necklace, and things go horribly awry. Luckily, love and forgiveness prevails. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Samuels's stories about Dolores and her big sister Faye ring true with anyone who has lived or is living with a sibling. But they are also enjoyable and engrossing for anyone. Here we find Faye furious at Dolores's habit of "borrowing" from Faye's room. Still, Dolores cannot help but take a "tiny peek" inside a box Faye has hidden away. The special Valentine frog necklace inside captivates Dolores. Taking it leads to a series of mishaps, culminating in the loss of the necklace and frantic efforts to replace it. Fortunately everything turns out well for the sisters and a Happy Valentine's Day. The stylized, almost cartoony illustrations, visualized mainly in action vignettes, successfully express the misadventures of Dolores and her cat, a creature who plays a part in many scenes but is rarely noted. Humor permeates the scenes of real life at home, in school, and in the city. 2006, Melanie Kroupa Books/Farrar Straus Giroux, Ages 4 to 8.
Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
K-Gr 2-Dolores snoops in her older sister's room and finds a valentine box with a singing-frog necklace inside. She knows she shouldn't touch Faye's belongings, but temptation and curiosity get the better of her. After various escapades involving the necklace and her cat, Duncan, the story ends happily, proving that sisterly love conquers all. Samuels's humorous cartoon illustrations are more attractive than those in Faye and Dolores (S & S, 1985). Dolores's features are more charming and inviting, and the feline, complete with droll expressions that enhance the mood of the plot, has become a member of the family. Readers will ask for repeated readings in order to further examine the details on the pages. Add this one to your holiday repertoire.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Samuels's imp Dolores returns, this time with a problem on her hands, or rather with her hands: She can't keep her mitts off her older sister Faye's things. Here, it's a singing frog on a necklace, a necklace that looks like it might be a Valentine's gift of Faye's. Certainly, Dolores is not about to let this gem slip away without some quality time. And, certainly, this will get Dolores into a pickle that she can't scoot from without getting caught. But because Dolores is so transparent in her mischief-and pays for it in an unfolding of minor crises-her act of "borrowing" won't turn to bite her. It may even pay a dividend. (Not that readers should follow her example; of course not.) As is the case with the other Dolores books, this one is full of visual activity and funny asides, like the grumpy-looking teddy bear sporting a "Hands Off!" sign on Faye's dresser and the many comic expressions on Dolores's cat Duncan's face. (Picture book. 4-8)