- Written by: Eileen Spinelli
- Illustrated by: Paul Yalowitz
- Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
- Suggested grade level: 2nd – 3rd
Mr. Hatch lives a drab, gray life.
Every week day, he takes a long dreary walk to the shoelace factory where he works. Every lunch is the same: a cheese and mustard sandwich with a prune for dessert. Then it’s home to spend the evening all alone. But one day, Valentine’s Day to be precise, the mailman brings Mr. Hatch a large package wrapped in brown paper. It’s a huge heart-shaped box, filled with candy.
And, it comes with a card that says “Somebody loves you.”
Suddenly, Mr. Hatch is filled with glee. He eats a piece of chocolate. He giggles. He puts on a wacky tie, and goes for a walk around the neighborhood. And, he can’t help wondering about each woman he sees . . . could she be the one who sent him the gift?
On Monday, he takes the box of candy to work with him, and shares it with all his coworkers. He tries something different for dinner, and even bakes brownies for the neighbors. Suddenly, EVERYBODY loves Mr. Hatch.
I won’t tell you what happens next, but (view spoiler) Sweeter than a box of chocolates, this is the PERFECT Valentine’s Day read.