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By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Monsters learn about love in funny Valentine's Day tale.

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This not-spooky but monster-filled love story is a fun alternative to typical Valentine's Day fare. Valensteins gets to the true meaning of the holiday (it's about love, not just expressions of love) in a kid-friendly way that acknowledges that little ones find some lovey-dovey stuff kind of gross. The text and the wonderful cartoon-like illustrations in a spooky, mainly gray and black palette -- with the occasional green face or pink heart -- work perfectly together. It's a howling good time.

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