Welcome to KIWIreviews - product reviews
•  click here to return to the homepage  •
Welcome visitor.Join us or log in

Product reviews on kiwireviews.nz : Wednesday 8th April 2020 - 11:32:43

QuickSearch for:    What is QuickSearch?
QuickJump to:    What is QuickJump?
logon name: p/w:  
I want to:

You Are Here...

Home > Categories > Books > Young Adult > Valentine Joe review

« Dragon Island reviewDragon IslandMy Brother's Secret reviewMy Brother's Secret »

Score: 7.8/10  [2 reviews]
3 out of 5
ProdID: 5708 - Valentine Joe
Written by: Rebecca Stevens

Valentine Joe
Sample/s Supplied by:
Click to search for all products supplied by Scholastic (NZ)

Disclosure StatementFULL DISCLOSURE: A number of units of this product have, at some time, been supplied to KIWIreviews by the company for the purposes of unbiased, independent reviews. No fee was accepted by KIWIreviews or the reviewers themselves - these are genuine, unpaid consumer reviews.
August 2014

Valentine Joe product reviews

Rose goes to Ypres in Belgium to visit the graves of those who dies in the Great War. There, the name of one boy stays in her mind: fifteen-year-old Valentine Joe. That night, Rose hears marching and when she looks out of her window, she sees a young soldier....

Check out Scholastic (NZ) onlineClick here to see all the listings for Scholastic (NZ) Visit their website They do not have a Twitter account Check them out on Facebook They do not have a YouTube Channel They do not have a Pinterest board They do not have an Instagram channel

belgium   marching   fiction   ghosts   paperback   past   rebecca stevens   scholastic   the chicken house   valentine joe strudwick   western front   world war one   young soldier
Other listings you may be interested in:
Empress of MijakEmpress of Mijak
Rating: 9.0
The Dragon Mage #1 - The Red WyvernThe Dragon Mage #1 - The Red Wyvern
Rating: 10.0
Dracula - The UndeadDracula - The Undead
Rating: 8.3
Conspiracy 365 : 7 : JulyConspiracy 365 : 7 : July
Rating: 8.5
Klutz - Fabulous FlowersKlutz - Fabulous Flowers
Rating: 9.5
How to Make Stonehenge Out of Biscuits - a Years Worth of Crazy IdeasHow to Make Stonehenge Out of Biscuits - a Years Worth of Crazy Ideas
Rating: 10.0
Don't FlushDon't Flush
Rating: 9.3
Dinosaurs in the SupermarketDinosaurs in the Supermarket
Rating: 9.2
Rating: 8.4
Prisoner B-3087Prisoner B-3087
Rating: 8.4
Going VintageGoing Vintage
Rating: 8.5
Don't Wake The TrollDon't Wake The Troll
Rating: 8.9
The Black Jewels Trilogy (3 in 1 Volume)The Black Jewels Trilogy (3 in 1 Volume)
Rating: 10.0

Product reviews...

Everyone is welcome to post a review. You will need to Join up or log in to post yours.

Click here to read the profile of mumkat

Review by: mumkat (Kathaleen)
Dated: 1st of December, 2014

Link to this review Report this review


This Review: 7.5/10
Score 8 out of 10
Score 7 out of 10
Lose Track of Time:
Score 8 out of 10
Personal Choice:
Score 7 out of 10

Cabbage (Rose) goes on a train trip with her grandfather to visit the grave of a family member who was killed in the war. This was the first point of confusion for me, who calls a kid cabbage anyway? My poppa fought in the war so I was keen to see what this book was about. I felt let down and confused with the flicking between past and present, however the writing style is really good.

How did Rose travel back in time and how did the present from Joe stay hidden for all those years? Did meeting Joe really help Rose deal with texting her dad? The fact that Joe is or was a real person brings tears to my eyes, loved son, brother maybe and way too young to die.

The graphics on the cover and the colours instantly make me think of the last post and I can almost here it playing inside my head. It seems very gentle but to the point of what the book is about. For a 150 page book it doesn't take too long to read and if you capture the right audience, you can read it over and over. Sadly I guess I am just not the right person. My 9 year old however likes it from reading the first chapter because its about history stuff and she hasn't been tainted by how bad the war really is. She's looking forward to finishing the book.

I would like to read more by this author so I can see if all her work is the same.

Click here to read the profile of kiwiblondie

Review by: kiwiblondie (Michelle)
Dated: 18th of September, 2014

Link to this review Report this review


This Review: 8.0/10
Score 8 out of 10
Score 9 out of 10
Lose Track of Time:
Score 9 out of 10
Personal Choice:
Score 6 out of 10

I read the blurb and thought this would be a good book to read, I did enjoy it but it was nothing like I was expecting.

I can't imagine visiting graves of family members I have never met due to them been killed in battle far away from home with no one around that loves them but that is how the story starts and then it gets strange and confusing as Rose goes to sleep in 2014 and wakes up in world war 1 but she can only been seen by Joe, a young boy who lied about his age to join the army and fight for his country.

I expected to read about how the soldiers felt in the war, they are far away from home and loved ones and a lot lost friends. I knew Rose would some how travel back in time but not why and I still wonder why she had to travel back as that was never told.

There was an afterword to the book that explained how the story of Valentine Joe was thought of, and you realise that it is a real story but obviously in real life there was no Rose going back in time, not once but twice and still have no explanation to why.

My 15 year old autistic daughter has started reading the book and she says it is a good story and that she is enjoying it. I personally wouldn't really worry to read this again in a hurry as it is not what I was expecting and I'm not sure why exactly someone would write a story of time travel to a war and then have nothing happen, there were no details of what happened apart from things that happened to Joe. I would have enjoyed it a lot more if the story was a bit longer and had some actual details and had some of the questions been answered.

The book was only 150 pages so it was very fast to read, I managed in a few hours. The style of writing was easy to follow, just there are still questions that I felt could have been answered but lucky time travel like that is not possible and in this case I can see why she wanted to go and try and save a young boy.

Guest comments...

Random listing from 'Books'...

Score: 9.8
Product reviews for listing 3720: The Little Engine that could -  Author: Brolly Books

Product image for The Little Engine that couldThe little engine that could (Milton H Pascal/Gerald Marks) is a modern classic and one of the best loved and well known of children's songs. Here, artist Wendy Straw brings it visually to life with her vibrant and animated illustrations.

Go to the listing

General Disclaimer...

Protected by Copyscape Plagiarism Checker - Do not copy content from this page. Creative Commons Licence All trademarks, images and copyrights on this site are owned by their respective companies.
KIWIreviews is an independent entity, part of the Knock Out News Group. This is a free public forum presenting user opinions on selected products, and as such the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinion of kiwireviews.nz and are protected under New Zealand law by the "Honest Opinion" clause of the Defamation Act of 1992. KIWIreviews accepts no liability for statements made on this site, on the premise that they have been submitted as the true and honest opinions of the individual posters. In most cases, prices and dates stated are approximate and should be considered as only guidelines.

"Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!"

KIWIreviews Help GuideClick here for the Help Guide Subscribe to our Twitter streamVisit our
Twitter feed
Visit our Facebook pageVisit our
Facebook page
Visit our YouTube ChannelVisit our
YouTube channel
Follow us on instagramVisit our
Instagram album
Visit our Google+ pageVisit our
Google+ page
Visit our Flickr photostreamVisit our
Flickr photostream