Magic Potato

Bib Bob and the Magic Valentine's Day PotatoBig Bob and the Magic Valentine’s Day Potato

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.

Mr. Salami Gives the Class Our Orders

Something to Make it Better

Magic Potato shows up

The Magic Valentine Potato

His Car Wouldn't Start

Magic Valentine Potato



  1. Never heard of the Magic Valentine Potato? That’s like never hearing about Mr. Hanky!
    It’s an odd book, but Daniel Pinkwater is a wonderful, imaginative writer. I’m surprise this one hasn’t circulated more. At least checked out by teachers to share with their beginning readers.

  2. I’ve got to see if I can get this book. I adore Daniel Pinkwater – the Hoboken Chicken Emergency was my favorite even before I moved to New Jersey!

  3. I think the title sounds more appealing to me as an adult than it would have to me as a kid.
    Hoboken Chicken Emergency has an obvious kid attraction, especially in NJ, potatoes and Valentine’s day would be a harder sell.

  4. I would have a hard time weeding any Pinkwater unless there were already multiple copies.

  5. I used to hear Mr Pinkwater occasionally on NPR. A very sweet guy. Some of his drawings, however, look like precursors to South Park.

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