Tiny T. Rex and the Perfect Valentine (Tiny T. Rex #3)

by Jonathan Stutzman (Author) Jay Fleck (Illustrator)

Tiny T. Rex and the Perfect Valentine (Tiny T. Rex #3)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Series: Tiny T. Rex

Lovable bestselling Tiny T. Rex is back from the critically acclaimed Tiny T. Rex and The Impossible Hug, this time in a Valentine's Day board book adventure!

Valentine's Day is coming, which means showing the ones you love how much they mean to you, so Tiny has decided to make the perfect Valentine for his best friend Pointy. But as Tiny discovers, making a Valentine isn't easy. It might take a few tries--until Tiny realizes the best Valentine might have been there all along.

  • Teaches a valuable lesson in overcoming obstacles
  • Sure to delight young dinosaur fans who love adventure
  • Features adorable art of Tiny and his friend Pointy

Tiny may be a small dino in a big world, but that won't stop him from making friends, conquering his fears, and stomping his way into your heart. Author Jonathan Stutzman and illustrator Jay Fleck team up to create an adorable and heartwarming story that shows young readers that love and kindness are the best gift of all.

  • A sweet Valentine's Day gift for the little dinosaur in your life
  • Go-to choice for parents looking for an adorable, funny story with a holiday twist-
  • Perfect for dinosaur-loving babies and toddlers
  • Add it to the shelf with books like Llama Llama I Love You by Anna Dewdney, Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar (The World of Eric Carle) by Eric Carle, and Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day Is Cool by Kimberly and James Dean.

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Publishers Weekly

This board book starring the pint-size, short-armed protagonist of the eponymous picture book series finds Tiny T. Rex with another dilemma. Tiny wants to make a valentine for best friend Pointy, a coral-colored stegosaurus. After all, it's "the best way to show how BIG your heart feels for someone," Tiny informs the audience in first-person perspective. But when Tiny wheels out red paint, the can tips all over the teeny theropod, and an idea involving glitter results in similar chaos. Undeterred, Tiny tries again and again, until finally: "The only thing I have made for Pointy is a very big, very messy... mess," Tiny admits, as Fleck's charming art shows the dinosaur in a pile of glitter, covered in paper hearts, glue, springs, and scraps. But Pointy, of course, is not disappointed. A predictably sweet dino-centric take on a classic theme: the heart behind a gift mattering more than the gift itself. Ages 2-4. (Dec.)

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School Library Journal

Toddler-PreS—Growing fan favorite Tiny T. Rex is back in this sweetly earnest tale of how hard it can be to make the perfect Valentine. Spilled paint, glitter everywhere, paper rips, scissor cuts, and trouble spelling all conspire to ruin T. Rex's card for his best friend Pointy. Toddlers and preschoolers alike will relate to the struggle of making one's ideas a reality. Pointy's reaction will provide a calming reassurance that it's the thought that counts. The bright, simple illustrations highlight the wonderful mess Tiny makes and his endearing frustration. Concise text makes this perfect Valentine reading for toddler story times. VERDICT A great addition to board book collections.— Kristy Pasquariello, Westwood P.L., MA.

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Jonathan Stutzman

Jonathan Stutzman is an award-winning filmmaker and a picture book author. He is the author of numerous books for children, including Don't Feed the Coos, Santa Baby, the Llama trilogy, and the Tiny T-Rex series. He received his masters at Temple University for film and digital media. He lives in Lititz, Pennsylvania, with his wife, the illustrator Heather Fox.

Heather Fox is an illustrator and graphic designer, creating art in pen and ink, digital, and gouache. She is the illustrator of Don't Feed the Coos, Santa Baby, the Llama trilogy. She lives in Lititz, Pennsylvania, with her husband, the writer Jonathan Stutzman.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Chronicle Books
Publication date
December 20, 2020
Tiny T. Rex
BISAC categories
JUV002060 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
JUV039000 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | General
Library of Congress categories
Board books
Tyrannosaurus rex
Valentine's Day

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