Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Nate the Great and The Mushy Valentine by Marjorie Sharmat

Nate the Great and The Mushy Valentine by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat.  Illustrations by Marc Simont.  Delacorte Press, 1994.

Nate the Great has two cases on his hands.  First someone gave his dog, Sludge, a Valentine with only initials for a signature.  Who would give a dog a Valentine?!  Then his friend Annie asks for help finding a Valentine she made. Who would steal a Valentine?! Will the two cases be connected?

I realize Valentine's Day is over but it really is a cute story whether you read it for the mystery or the holiday.

I read Nate the Great books as a kid (though not this particular story) and enjoyed reading this one with my kids.  We all laughed that someone would give a Valentine to a dog.  For our family that's silly. 

We also enjoyed playing a game with initials.  The person who left the Valentine signed it "ABH" (Hint: they aren't traditional initials).  So we had fun making up new initials for each other.  William is now BBB.

We've enjoyed Nate the Great before and will probably bring home more of his books.

Can you guess what Will's initials BBB stand for?

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Carrie said...

I haven't read any Nate the Great either. One for the list!

Bluestocking said...

I've never heard of this. My post is up. I did Nancy Drew and the Secret at Shadow Ranch.

Amy said...

My guess for BBB is Best Biggest Brother?

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

Good guess, Amy. The answer is Ben's Big Brother.

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