Valentine Surprise (Hardcover)

By Corinne Demas, R.W. Alley (Illustrator)

Walker Childrens, 9780802796646, 32pp.

Publication Date: December 26, 2007



It's only a week until Valentine's Day, and Lily wants to make the "perfect" heart-shaped valentine for Mommy. But every time she cuts out a heart, it's either too pointy, too round, or too skinny. As the days go by, Lily tries again and again, and when Valentine's Day finally arrives, she has a heart for each day of the week Which one will be the perfect valentine surprise for Mommy?

Young readers will enjoy this sweet, simple story that introduces the days of the week, as well as the special tradition of creating handmade valentines.

About the Author

CORINNE DEMAS is the author of many popular books for adults and children, including Saying Goodbye to Lulu, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and won the ASPCA Henry Berg award. She is a professor of English at Mount Holyoke College and lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her Web site at ALLEY has illustrated nearly a hundred books for children, including Tiger Can't Sleep by S.J. Ford, Cat Skiddo by Bethany Roberts and the beloved Paddington series. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two sons. Visit his Web site at

Praise For Valentine Surprise

From Booklist“The simple text, which teaches shapes and days of the week, is just right for young children, who will recognize their own craft-project frustrations in Lily’s experience. The story is sweet without being sappy, and Alley’s soft, pencil-and-watercolor illustrations add to the warm tone. This cozy story is an excellent choice for a family-oriented Valentine’s Day reading.” —Booklist  From Kirkus Reviews“With its subtle teaching of days and shapes, this is one that teachers will reach for each February. Alley’s Lily has a face for all her feelings and actions—hopeful, disappointed, concentrating and working hard. Readers can only hope that the closing illustration hints to a future St. Patrick’s Day outing with Lily. Lily’s solution is a salute to creativity, ingenuity and thinking outside the box; it will have all parents cheering her efforts and hoping that their own child takes a page from her book.” —Kirkus Reviews