Submitter: Our Valentine’s picture book collection is more than a little bit sad. I found TWO copies of this little gem mixed in with a dozen or so other titles. Even with that small number of Valentine’s books, this one still doesn’t circulate, and no wonder: what kid would want a potato for Valentine’s Day? Time to weed this one and do some serious collection development in our holiday books.
Holly: A magic Valentine…potato? Who brings potato chips to children? Ohhhhkay. I’m all for using our imaginations, and I’m all for potato chips and Valentines. However, I’m apparently too old and jaded to get the ap”peal”(ha!) of this story. But hey – if it circulates and the kids like it, by all means keep it. Daniel Pinkwater has written some doozies, hasn’t he? My personal favorite is The Hoboken Chicken Emergency. It was made into a movie and everything. Fat Men From Space is another good one. Pinkwater has chops. This one just seems like more of a “chip.” Ok, I’ll stop now.