A valentine for Norman Noggs / Valiska Gregory ; illustrated by Marsha Winborn.

Hamster Norman Noggs hopes to impress the new girl in school on Valentine's Day but worries because he is not the biggest or the strongest in the class.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Gregory, Valiska.
Other Authors: Winborn, Marsha, (Illustrator)
Format: Book
Published: New York : HarperCollins, c1999.
Edition:1st ed.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Gregory's (Through the Mickle Woods) holiday tale introduces Norman Noggs, a cherubic young hamster with a crush on the new girl in his class, Wilhemina. The love-struck fellow has some stiff competition in the race to win her heart. As stronger and bigger classmates show off for Wilhemina, Norman shows her where to put her lunch tray and explains the homework. For Valentine's Day, Norman painstakingly creates three poetic, heart-shaped cards for Wilhemina‘a lucky number since the bullies destroy the first two. In a fun twist, Wilhemina conquers the bad guys; Norman gets the girl and a valentine from her (Wilhemina's smile makes him blush "like a pink candy heart"). Winborn's (Grandma's Cat) cheerfully cluttered pictures balance the sweet moments (a moon-eyed Norman clutching Wilhemina's paw) with the comic (one would-be beau tries to impress Wilhemina by sticking spoons in his ears and straws in his nostrils). Less appealing is a cartoon heart that spouts superfluous comments and gestures on each spread. A warm-hearted confection. Ages 5-8. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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