Biscuit’s Valentine’s Day

Biscuit's Valentine's Day

By: Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Illustrated by: Pat Schories
Publisher: HarperFestival
Publivation Date: December 2000
ISBN: 978-0694012220 
Reviewed by: Holly Connors
Review Date: January 20, 2009

Biscuit is a sweet, adorable puppy who can’t wait for Valentine’s Day. Along with “the little girl,” Biscuit is making Valentine’s Day cards to be delivered to all their friends and family. Who will they deliver their cards too?

Biscuit and the little girl deliver several cards to animal friends as well as the girl’s grandparents. Once all the cards are delievered and Biscuit and the little girl arrive home, they are thrilled to discover some cards waiting for them.

Biscuit’s Valentine’s Day is a very simple, and very short, story. Each right-hand page flips open to reveal who is hiding behind a door, window, etc. Aimed at the preschooler, there is not much text (or plot) so the book can be read quickly. I suspect most children will be more interested in opening the flaps than paying attention to the story.

The child in the Biscuit series of books is never given a name and this makes the story a bit impersonal and the adventure within its pages appear a tad distant. The illustrations, however, are delightful and are the main draw with this book. Biscuit looks quite huggable, particularly with the pink ribbon that he likes to carry in his mouth.

Quill says: With the sparse text and charming drawings, this book may appeal to the very young reader.

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