Don't Be My Valentine: A Classroom Mystery

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Harper Collins, Jan 31, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 64 pages
"Don't bug me, Amy Lou!"

Amy Lou is always trying to help Sam, and it bothers him. So when it's time for valentines, Sam makes a mean one for her. But the valentine is delivered to Sam's teacher instead of Amy Lou. How did that happen?

Its a Valentines Day mystery! Sam is tired of Amy Lou bugging him all the time so he sends her an especially mean valentine. But when the valentines are delivered, Amy Lou gets a nice one from Sam and its their teacher who receives the mean valentine. How did that happen? Joan Lexaus funny story and Syd Hoffs heartwarming illustrations, available for the first time in full-color, are sure to have beginning readers laughing as they try to figure out who pulled the valentine switch. School Library Journal said about DONT BE MY VALENTINE A funny, realistic school story, this will also be a holiday hit.

 

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User Review  - madamepince - LibraryThing

I like reading this to 3rd graders for Valentine's Day. It brings up the question of bullying and the differences in expectations that boys and girls have of each other. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
50
Section 2
57
Section 3
62
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Sydney Hoff, a well-known cartoonist, author, and illustrator of books for children and young adults, was born in 1912 New York City and raised in the Bronx. His young adult novel, Irving and Me, was named one of the 10 best books for children by the New York Times. Hoff first became interested in drawing as a child. Although he dropped out of public school, he later attended the National Academy of Design in New York City, where he studied to become a serious painter. However, at the age of 18 he sold his first cartoon to The New Yorker; this launched his career as a cartoonist. Hoff has also drawn cartoon advertisements for CBS and has written short mysteries for popular mystery magazines. One of his earliest and most enduringly popular works is Danny and the Dinosaur, published in 1958. He wrote this book to entertain one of his daughters who was sick. Hoff's audience is, for the most part, the young child who likes clear illustrations, friendly animals, and a limited text. Hoff died of pneumonia on May 12, 2004 in Miami, Florida. He and his wife, Dora, had two children.

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