cover image Here Comes Valentine Cat

Here Comes Valentine Cat

Deborah Underwood, illus. by Claudia Rueda. Dial, $16.99 (88p) ISBN 978-0-525-42915-9

Given Cat’s previous attempts to stand in for the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and the Tooth Fairy, readers might expect some Cupid-style matchmaking from the mischievous feline in his fourth outing. But Cat’s feelings toward the dog next door are far from loving: “Roses are Red/ Violets are Blue/ Who’s the Worst Neighbor?/ I think it’s you!” reads his proposed valentine. The interplay between the unseen narrator’s prompts and Cat’s sardonic, silent replies is as wickedly fun as ever—Underwood and Rueda clearly know how well sweet and salty go together. Ages 3–5. [em]Author’s agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. (Dec.) [/em]