REVIEW: Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Claudia Rueda
Cat does NOT like Valentine’s Day. It’s much too mushy, and no way is he making anyone a valentine—especially not his new neighbor, Dog. Dog refuses to respect the fence: He keeps tossing over old bones and hitting Cat in the head! But just as Cat’s about to send Dog an angry “valentine” telling him exactly what he can do with his bones, Dog throws a ball over the fence. What is Dog playing at? Cat is in for a hilarious—and heartwarming—surprise in this story about being perhaps too quick to judge.
I had ordered my own hardback copy of this book after first reading and enjoying it from my library but unfortunately it didn’t get to me by Valentine’s Day but like Cat discovers, it’s never too late. The story isn’t about children getting valentines but about Cat learning about friendship and discovering a new one just next door. Sometimes friends try and get your attention in, um, unusual ways – like with bones or balls tossed over a fence. Be willing to meet someone halfway and you just might make a new best buddy. B+