The author of Love, Ruby Valentine is a well-known writer of books for kids. Laurie B. Friedman has spent years of her life writing about a sweet, loveable character named Mallory McDonald. She’s the main character in a line of chapter books written by the accomplished author. Her skills lie in other areas of writing. In fact, Laurie Friedman has written several picture books as well, one of which is a Valentine’s Day tale.
With a name like Ruby Valentine, it’s a no-brainer that your favorite day of the year is Valentine’s Day. Her devotion to the holiday is evident as she spends the year preparing for it. She makes glitter-covered cards, fills goodie bags tied with red bows, and bakes heart-shaped cookies for everyone in her town. She and her cockatoo, Lovebird, work all day, every day until the eve of the great holiday, when they fill her wagon with all of the gifts she’s made. All this work has made them so tired that they sleep through the holiday. Despite the disappointment of missing their favorite day of the year, the hopeless romantic and her bird deliver the gifts anyway. The townsfolk thank her for the generosity and love the girl and her pet showed them. What’s important in this story is that the main character realizes that you should say “I love you” every day of the year, not just on this holiday.
The lively, colorful illustrations created through watercolors bring to life this hopeless romantic’s quest to make sure everyone knows her true feelings about them on her most favorite holiday. The comical, easy-to-follow text and charming illustrations make Love, Ruby Valentine a fun read.
What better message to send kids than to express their love for friends and family every day of the year! From the first page to the thirty-second, Laurie B. Friedman’s fun plot and witty writing is a standout among the lengthy list of kids’ books written about Valentine’s Day. This book is a must read for your youngest children and your older ones as well, and will be loved by the whole family!