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Olive and the Valentine's Spell Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

My boys love Valentine's Day as a cheerful time to exchange cute cards and sweet gifts with their classmates. But something about this holiday seems to bother the little kindergartener in Olive and the Valentine's Spell, Helen Millman's newly released picture book inspired by her son. What could it be? Learn more about this 2022 Family Choice Award winner and enter to win a signed copy!

About the Book:

Book Title: Olive and the Valentine's Spell by Helen Millman
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot
Release date: February 1, 2022
Tour dates: February 1 to February 14, 2022
Content Rating: Rated G. Suitable for everyone

Olive is a sweet elementary school boy who is afraid to go to school on Valentine’s Day. . .because he thinks he’ll have to get married! Olive’s mom joins in his fight to defeat the “princess of love,” but along the way he learns an even bigger lesson, discovering the true meaning of love.

Olive and the Valentine’s Spell is an inspiring children’s book for all ages that shines a humorous light on Valentine’s Day and overcoming your fears.

My Review:

Olive and the Valentine's Spell is a funny and imaginative rhyming picture book about a 6-year-old boy named Olive, who is about to celebrate his first Valentine's Day at school. Utterly confused about what a holiday for romantically involved grownups has to do with a child, Olive speculates that he would be forced to get married on Valentine's Day, something he's definitely not ready for. For fear of getting caught by the princess called Valentine, he hides under his bed weeping until mom comes to the rescue. However, when mom offers to help him fight off Valentine and stop the party of love from taking place, Olive is overwhelmed by a sad feeling at the mere thought of love disappearing completely from his life. Is that what he really wants?

While I don't think it common for a young child to associate Valentine's Day exclusively with romance, or to fear marriage as an end to fun and freedom, the story does have some nice implications about how parents could help their little ones overcome fear about something new and unfamiliar. I like how Olive's mom tries to understand his concerns, offers support for his ideas, and lets him take his time to figure things out on his own, instead of attempting to force the "correct" answer on him. More importantly, the book drives the message home that love is essential to our lives and can be found in so many things that we may take for granted on a daily basis. The brightly-colored, adorable illustrations add considerable visual appeal to this book. It's a fun read that encourages us to celebrate the magic of love with family and friends on Valentine's Day and beyond.

Buy the Book: Amazon | B&N | Mascot

About the Author:

Children’s author Helen Millman is a loving wife and mom. Her three young boys continually inspire her with their wild adventures and vivid imaginations. They even helped inspire her to write her new book, Olive and the Valentine’s Spell!

While living in Vero Beach, FL, she spends her time writing, reading, singing, and growing through her life’s experiences. She knows the importance of “seeing the bright side of life” and encourages her readers to “choose love, even when it seems impossible”. A friendly, optimist Helen has always loved to read to her own children and remembers how much her imaginative voices really helped bring the stories to life. She invites her readers to gather with a beloved book, for it truly is one of the best places to snuggle, giggle, imagine, and make unforgettable memories - together.

Connect with the author: Website | Facebook | Instagram

One lucky reader will win a signed copy of Olive and the Valentine's Spell!

Giveaway ends 2/21. Open to US only. Please enter below and good luck!

Olive and the Valentine's Spell by Helen Millman Book Tour Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book to facilitate my honest review. All views and opinions expressed are my own. icefairy's Treasure Chest is not responsible for winner selection or prize fulfillment.

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