What’s it about?
When Donovan finds out his best friend’s little sister wants to cast a love potion on him, he knows he has to escape a fate worse than death.
A 1,200-word fantasy short story that is full of silliness.
My Review of Valentine’s Oops
This was a cute short story that was obviously released at the perfect time to capitalize on the title. It had just enough of an edge of fantasy to it to keep a young mind wondering and possibly expounding on the story themselves. Its a bit hard to place exactly what age range the story is aimed at, though. Its simple for the most part, but there are words like “surreptitiously” which you really can’t expect a kid under the age of 9 or so to know.
The only issue I had with it was the fact that every time one of the characters in the book is mentioned, his weight is mentioned derisively. “The fatso” “the fat kid”, etc. I’m just getting to the point where I’m really intolerant of fostering that type of jeering/derision over somebody’s weight. Kids are impressionable, and a kid reading this is going to assume that that is ‘okay’ to say, and lets face it… a lot of kids don’t have parents that care enough to really set them straight and tell them otherwise.
My six year old thoroughly approved of the story, and laughed at the execution of the Valentine’s Oops. We both give the author points for a silly story that had just the perfect injection of fun uniqueness to it.
Side note: Something that’s bothering me. Is “Valentine’s Oops” correct? Or should it be “Valentines’ Oops”??
Title: Valentine’s Oops | Author: Emily Martha Sorensen | Publisher: Self-published | Pub. Date: 2016-1-26 | Pages: 12 | ASIN: B01B5BVFT2 | Genre: Children’s Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Date Read: 2016-1-30 | Source: Received a copy free from the author in exchange for an honest review. | Available on Kindle Unlimited? No.