Don’t forget to bring in something for your special valentine,” Mrs. Wimpydimple reminds Splat’s class in this lift-the-flap holiday tale. Instead of panicking, the typically anxious cat draws up a quick solution. Scotton builds suspense through the book’s many flaps: in one scene, the door to Splat’s clubhouse swings open to reveal his friends Kitten and Spike arriving with a gargantuan box of supplies. The project remains a mystery as Kitten sews a “mouse-sized costume” behind a sewing basket–shaped flap, and Splat, concealed by a pile of crumpled paper, works on rhymes. With all the buildup, the reveal of Splat’s red valentine surprise is anticlimactic; since its recipient is Mrs. Wimpydimple, however, the book is a natural gift choice for a child’s teacher. Ages 4–8. (Dec.)
It’s Valentine’s Day, and Splat wants to give a secret present to someone special. His classmates all decide to help, and make the best Valentine ever! Lift the flaps throughout the story to discover hidden holiday surprises.
Read all about Splat’s Valentine’s Day misadventures in Splat the Cat: Funny Valentine, another sure-to-be-a-classic story by Rob Scotton.