Time length to read: 3-5 min
Age recommend: 3 and up
Author: Eileen Spinelli
Illustrator: Paul Yalowitz
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Best place to purchase: Amazon.com
Price: $6.49 (Paperback edition)
Happy Valentines Day everyone! I hope that you have had a great day so far. Since it’s Valentines Day, I just had to share one of my favorite childhood Valentines Day books. Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, by Eileen Spinelli, is about an ordinary guy named Mr. Hatch. He doesn’t seem to live a very happy life, and feels like he isn’t really noticed at all. Until one day, he recieves a package that comes with a heart shape candy and a note that says “Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch.” From that point on, Mr. Hatch is changed. He starts being positive and doing nice things for everyone he comes in contact with.
I love this book because it teaches a great lesson of uplifting. Even if it’s not on a holiday or special occasion. This story shows the important impact of showing someone you care, or are thinking about them; because you just never know when someone really needs something to lift them up when they are feeling down.
Publishers Weekly says “Just the thought of someone taking an interest in him completely changes the way Mr. Hatch interacts with his neighbors and co-workers. The newly adorable gentleman becomes so much a part of people’s lives that when it is disclosed that the heart was delivered by mistake, his friends and neighbors rally around him in a loving demonstration.”
I also loved this book because of the illustrations. They tell the story just as much as the words do with it. The colorful detail, from the exciting package Mr. Hatch gets, to the expressions on his face after he gets it. This book will have you wanting to read it again and again.
So if you are looking for a great Valentines Day read, or just an uplifting read in general, check out this book. It will leave you great memories and wanting to read it every Valentines Day.
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