Olive and the Valentine's Spell Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

Themed holiday books were always on my daughters' list when we scoured library shelves each week! Valentine's Day was--and is--a favorite holiday and they would read Valentine's day books from mid-January through the holiday every year. Today, I have a fun Valentine's Day book for children in our book review spotlight. Check out Olive and the Valentine's Spell, learn about author Helen Millman, read my thoughts on the book and enter the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

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
Release date:  February 1, 2022
Content Rating:  Rated G. Suitable for everyone
*** 2022 Family Choice Award Winner ***
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About the Book

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 Offers Families a Fun Look At Conquering Fears. While my children were not necessarily afraid for their first Valentine's Day party--they did worry about choosing the "wrong" Valentine for each classmate. Olive worries that Valentine's Day brings marriage and love--and the end of childhood. The book makes for a fun read-together story to help little ones understand that sometimes the imagination creates a much larger monster of an everyday event or activity! Worrying about the unknown or a new experience is still common with my kids! 


Fun, Themed Illustrations Bring Olive's Story to Life. I loved the whimsical, magical elements in the book's illustrations that really showed the inspirational battle that Olive was fighting against his fear of Valentine's Day! The images complemented each page very well. 


Would I Recommend Olive and the Valentine's Spell by Helen Millman? This book is a cute children's story for preschool and very young elementary-aged students. I think it is best suited as a read-along because the flow of the text and some of the words are likely difficult for the target aged audience. I would recommend it for families to learn about Valentine's Day and prepare for those all-important, first classroom parties!


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Meet 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.

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Enter the Giveaway

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