Friday, January 28, 2022

VALENSLIME: A Picture Book Review and an Autographed Giveaway

Do you remember back in July when I reviewed Joy Keller's book Frankenslime that is illustrated by my SCBWI-Carolinas friend, Ashley Belote?

I had announced that the next book in this series, Valenslime (Feiwel and Friends, 2021), would be ready in time for Valentine's Day. I am here today with a review and the perfect present for your little sweetheart!


Here is the opening paragraph that tells us about the main character:


Victoria Franklin was a 

slime scientist.

She loved her slime

Her slime, Goop,

loved her back. 

The next two pages show the reader the many ways in which Victoria and Goop love each other--the fun they have together in her lab, the science books they enjoy together, and their joint affection for Victoria's dog, Igor.

BUT...there's a problem. (Of course! There has to be a problem, right?) 

Victoria realizes that she has lots of friends to send Valentines to--but poor Goop, only has one friend. Her. It just isn't fair.

Victoria takes the problem into her capable hands. 

If Goop couldn't make a new friend,

She would make a new friend for him!

As any good scientist does, Victoria brainstorms slime recipes in order to make the perfect combination to make a friend for Goop. Finally, she assembles the perfect ingredients. Then she waits for lightening to strike so her creation will jolt to life. 

But there's no lightening! 

So, how does a scientist like Victoria solve that problem?

You create your own electricity!

But...that's when Victoria's slime solution grows into unmatched proportions and complicates Victoria's goal of creating a friend for Goop.

I don't want to give away the ending or spoil the surprise of Ashley's clever, colorful illustrations. Let's just say Victoria's slime solution ensures that everyone is happy.

This book is not only a cute Valentine read, it is also a fun way to teach young children about writing. Did you catch what I said in the first two paragraphs of this review? On the first page Ms. Keller tells the reader about Victoria's friendship with Goop. Then the author follows that with showing what this friendship looks like. 

The character then encounters a problem which she attempts to solve. This is a great way to show young writers that the main character is ALWAYS the one to solve her problem! Victoria meets obstacles but eventually obtains her goal-creating a special friend for Goop.

Three new slime recipes--including one that is edible--will delight young scientists. 


Ashley is giving an autographed copy of VALENSLIME  to one fortunate reader. The giveaway ends on Tuesday, February at 9 AM. 

For a chance to win, leave a comment with your email address, or send me an email if you prefer. If you share this on social media, you will get one extra chance; if you follow my blog you will get another chance. Tell me what you have done and I will enter your name accordingly. Winner must live in the continental U.S.

Congratulations to Tiffany Slack, head librarian at the Matthews Christian Library, who won Photo ARK ABC on last week's blog and Danielle Hammelef who won The Short Life of Krill. By the way--Danielle's secret for winning so many books is that whenever she can. she shares my posts on social media. 


Danielle H. said...

I like how you pointed out the writing curriculum ties that this book has for use in classrooms. Of course, it also sounds like wonderful mentor text too. I am a very happy email subscriber, Carol! You do excellent work on your blog. I shared on tumblr because I do enjoy spreading the word to help authors as well as earning an extra chance:

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Hi Carol, this sounds so fun! I have a 7 year-old slime lover!
I follow your blog and I shared this post in FB & Twitter.

Carol Baldwin said...

I'm so glad you enjoy my blog, Danielle and thanks for sharing!

Carol Baldwin said...

THANKS, Connie. I think your granddaughter would LOVE this book and you're in 3 times!

Janet Frenck Sheets said...

I just put FRANKENSLIME and GOOD EATING: THE SHORT LIFE OF KRILL on hold at my library. Looks like I'll have to wait a little longer for VALENSLIME, though. Thanks for featuring these books! (I subscribe to your blog and retweeted your post.)

Carol Baldwin said...

Thank you, Janet. Requesting books from libraries is a way to help authors too. YOu'll go in 3x for Valenslime!

Rosi said...

This looks like a pretty cute book. Thanks for telling me about it. I will pass on the giveaway.

Barbara Younger said...

I would love to win! Fun. Fun.And great title!

Storylady said...

I'm always looking for a new children's book about Valentine's Day. Would love to win this one.

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