The Unvalentine

The Unvalentine



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ISBN-13: 9781590388433
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date: 01/28/2008
Pages: 38
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.40(d)

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The Unvalentine 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
amysisson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a cute little twist on a Valentine's Day book, in which the cynical Lily has no patience for the traditional tropes of the day and those who buy into them. However, when Lily receives an unexpected note from Ray, a kindred spirit, her feelings about love are quickly revised.This would make a cute gift for a Valentine who has become impatient with the more commercial aspects of the day, or who doesn't like to run with the crowd. The production values are very nice, with humorous illustrations contained in gilt-edged "frames", and some tear-out "un-Valentines" at the back of the book. In some ways, I would have liked it to go a bit more Goth, a bit more "Addams Family", if you will. But it's a unique little item.
avanders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this was just adorable. The rhyme was cute and was coupled with perfectly appropriate drawings. A quick, fun read. A reminder of finding love in unexpected places. AND with real (un)Valentines to tear out (with perforations) at the end of the book!
icedream on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Told in verse, the story is of young Lily and her distaste for the whole Valentine's Day hoopla until she meets a boy in her class who seems to find it equally distasteful. I thought the story was a cute one but the best thing about the book was the artwork. I found it delightfully macabre in a way. I think Lily reminds me of a blond Wednesday from the Addam's Family. The whole book is like a Valentine's Day gift from Tim Burton.
Lexicographer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cuter than maybe the name would suggest, Sam Beeson's The UnValentine would a make a lovely gift for the closet romantic you've had your eye on. It's happy ending makes it romantic, but it is a reluctant, post-modern romance suitable for those less inclined to flowers, puppies and declaring who they "choo-choo-choose." Illustrated with a haunting beauty by Jesse Draper, The UnValentine is a reminder that there is a Valentine for everyone, even those who don't buy into it.
ElizabethEWS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely book. The illustrations are gorgeous, the poem cute but not sappy, and the sentiment is perfect. I was completely taken with the detail on each page and in each drawing. This is a perfect little book for the little piece of all of us who secrectly (or not secretly) hates Valentine's Day.
Tam_Lin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked it. But I may be among it's intended audience, I don't know. The rhymes were a bit . . . less than spectacular, though.
jngensler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This tiny book of verse, written by Sam Beeson, with illustrations by Jesse Draper, follows the story of Lily, a young girl who despises Valentine's Day. It is charming almost in spite of itself. Featuring beautiful paintings done with a dark sense of humor (the best part), the story is delightfully tongue-in-cheek. The book also has perforated cards that you can tear out to give to your own "UnValentine." This book would make the perfect little Valentine's Day gift for that cynical someone you hold dear.
staffoa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What teenager/youth hasn't felt like Lily? A wonderful little cynic who can eventually be swayed by Ray, another cynic. Cute book for your Valentine, but only one that would understand the meaning behind it. Wonderful illustration and Valentines included, for the audience that will appreciate this tongue-in-cheek little verse.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great for everyone--young, old, available, spoken for--absolutely everyone. The valentine's cards in the back are an awesome added bonus for sure!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book would make a wonderful Valentine¿s Gift for both young and old. It has superb artwork surrounding an endearing story about a young girl and how she comes to appreciate her own special Valentine. It is the perfect size for gift giving, only slightly lager than a traditional Valentine¿s card. It even has catchy grade-school style Valentine¿s in the back of the book. Two thumbs up for Valentine¿s Day. This book may soon become the quintessential hallmark Valentine¿s story.