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Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

4.46  ·  Rating Details  ·  745 Ratings  ·  152 Reviews
An anonymous valentine changes the life of the unsociable Mr. Hatch, turning him into a laughing friend who helps and appreciates all his neighbours.
Hardcover, First Aladdin Paperbacks, 32 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published 1991)
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Apr 03, 2008 Echo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-with-kids
Just a great feel-good book, that for some wonderful reason, my kids adore.

Mr. Hatch is a solitary man until one day when he recieves a surpise valentine from a secret admirer. This prompts him to do good deeds for everyone he comes in contact with until Mr. Hatch is a favorite of everyone in the neighborhood. Then the postman comes to tell Mr. Hatch that the valentine was delivered on accident & wasn't actually for him. Poor Mr. Hatch! He doesn't think anyone loves him anymore & falls b
Mar 12, 2016 Noura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We need someone to love us, in the times when we don't love ourselves..

Loved it..
I loved this one! My favorite Valentine's-themed children's book so far.
Mar 10, 2015 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it.
Feb 14, 2010 Josiah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's amazing how one little thing, even something as serendipitous as a happy accident, can alter one's mental perspective and so make for eventual major change in one's entire life.

That is what's at work in this book. Mr. Hatch is a somewhat cold, distant man, who takes little notice or care regarding those around him and simply lives his own life, impervious to outside influences. Until, that is, one Valentine's Day when he receives a package in the mail. It's a heart-shaped box of chocolat
Mar 08, 2009 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
The perfect Valentine's story!

The artwork is a starting to look a little dated, but will still hold appeal with your elementary aged child. The true charm of this book is in the the narrative. The main character, Mr. Hatch, goes from a dull, gray, lonely life to that of humble-kind-good-friend-to-all. It was always in him, he just needed something to connect him to those around him and it comes as a super-large heart shape box of candies from an anonymous admirer... but little does he know that
Feb 14, 2014 Adriana rated it it was amazing
This has to be the best Valentine's Day picture book I've ever read. Mr. Hatch does the same thing day in and day out. He doesn't have any friends so he is surprised when he gets a package in the mail. A note attached to the large heart shaped candy box reads - "Somebody Love You." Now Mr. Hatch is seeing the world in a whole new light. He's making friends and laughing all the time. But, what will happen when he discovers the note wasn't for him?

I felt so sorry for Mr. Hatch. He was just a lonel
Very sweet tale of how our actions--even small ones--can change lives. Mr. Hatch lives alone, goes to work, goes home, never talks, never smiles, goes to bed, and... that's all. Mr. Hatch is lonely, he just doesn't realize it. But everything changes one Valentine's Day when a package is delivered straight to him, and inside is a giant box in the shape of a heart, full of chocolates, with a note that says, "someone loves you." In one moment, Mr. Hatch has a new outlook on life. Someone loves me? ...more
Madilyne Riley
Mar 28, 2016 Madilyne Riley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summary: "Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch" by Eileen Spinelli as a very sweet and feel good book. This book is about a man named Mr. Hatch who is not very friendly, and is very boring. Every day of his life is the same ol', same 'ol... until one day he gets a package. He opened the package and revealed a heart shaped box with a big ribbon on it, full of chocolate and a note that read, "Somebody love you". Mr. Hatch was ecstatic! He was so happy that he not only smiled, but laughed and danced and c ...more
Mar 29, 2015 Corine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this story, a very lonely man who does not put himself outside of his comfort zone finds that one day he receives a card in his mailbox as well as a box of chocolates. The note on the card reads that they love him. Immediately, the lonely and sad Mr. Hatch becomes a very energetic and upbeat man who is no longer afraid to step out of his comfort zone. He does not know who sent the mysterious note, but he does know that it makes him very happy. So he decides to make everyone else just as happy ...more
When Mr. Hatch receives an unexpected surprise in the mail for Valentine’s Day from a secret admirer, it completely changes his life. His solitary, monotonous days become filled with friendship and joy as he steps out of his shell. Instead of waking up, going to work, eating alone, going to the newspaper stand and the grocery store, and then straight to bed after dinner he eats lunch with everyone, helps his community, throws parties, laughs, and even dances for no other reason than expressing h ...more
Natalee Huguez
Feb 08, 2015 Natalee Huguez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch is a sweet book about a man named Mr. Hatch. He lives his life in solitude and follows the same dull routine everyday. One day, the delivery man gives him a package. When he unwraps it he sees that somebody gave him a big box of chocolates and a note that says "Somebody loves you". Shocked by this gift Mr. Hatch begins to break out of his old habits and find the person who gave him this Valentine's Day gift. The neighborhood loves being around Mr. Hatch because he i ...more
Alex Valenzuela
Feb 01, 2015 Alex Valenzuela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli is one of the most heart-warming books I’ve read in a long time. The story is about a very sad man, Mr. Hatch, who follows a very boring and simplistic routine lifestyle every day. One day a mailman delivers a package to Mr. Hatch which holds a giant heart full con candy and a note that says, “Somebody loves you.” Mr. Hatch is beyond shocked and this tiny little note brings about a great big change in him. All of a sudden he’s being friendly and h ...more
Anna Summers
The book, Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, is about a lonely man who lives a sad, mundane life. When he receives an anonymous Valentine note, he feels loved and begins to enjoy life. Soon, he realizes that the note was not intended for him. But in the end, Mr. Hatch realizes that he is loved by many people. The themes in this book are the power of love and friendship. This is a great example of how a little affection can make a big impact in someone’s life. This is an important message for all peo ...more
cute Valentine's story
Jackie "the Librarian"
Mr. Hatch has a colorless life of work and ham sandwiches, until the day a Valentine heart arrives at his door. Somebody loves him, but who? Moved by the gift, Mr. Hatch passes the love on to all those around him, and brings joy to his world. Then he discovers that the heart was delivered to him by accident, and he is crushed. He goes back to his old ways, only to worry all his new friends. They have a surprise party to reassure them that he IS loved. Give love to get love!
Nani Yanagi
Apr 28, 2014 Nani Yanagi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, love
Mr. Hatch is an older man who lives alone. He has his normal routine and does everything on his own, until one day one a special box came in the mail. It was a valentines heart shaped box with a bunch of candy in it. It also came with a card that said “someone loves you.” This shocked Mr. Hatch because he had no family or friends. He immediately thought that he had a secret admirer! He got all dressed up and went out into the neighborhood. He smiled and said he to everyone. He also helped a bunc ...more
Christian Padgett
This was WOONNNDERRFFULLL!!! I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Mr. Hatch lives a simple life and keeps to himself. One day he gets a Valentine and he his whole demeanor changes. He becomes more open to people and realizes that he can help others and others help him. It is a great book to use to show how small things can make a very big difference in someone's life for we do not always know what others are going through.
Feb 11, 2011 ABC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahhh, this is a sweet story about a lonely man who get a heart-shaped box of candy for Valentine's Day. My son was entranced by the huge box of chocolates and I am pretty sure he would love to receive it, too!

This book makes me want to go out and buy chocolates for people who live alone.

This book is also currently available at which was something I didn't realize.
Samantha Lazar
Nov 19, 2008 Samantha Lazar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lonely shoelace factory worker is sent a valentine card, or so he thinks. When he thought someone really cared about him, it changed the way he socialized with other people. He became more friendly and outgoing. However, he finds out that the card wasn't meant for him and shuts down. The people that he made friends with miss him, and he realizes that people do really care about him.
Oct 07, 2015 Danielle rated it liked it
Mr. Hatch leads a pretty boring life, he does the same thing every day, and doesn't have anyone to share it with; until one day when he gets a package with a note that says "somebody loves you" - On this day, he says hello to everyone he sees and changes his lifestyle by being open to more ideas. This all ends when he finds out the package wasn't for him, but for someone else. His neighbors notice he went back to being himself, and they all start saying "Why is Mr. Hatch so sad, we love Mr. Hatc ...more
Stephanie Sheaffer
Mr. Hatch is a balding older gentleman who works a ho-hum job at the shoelace factory. He is lonely and tired and he doesn’t smile. Then, one day, Mr. Hatch receives something in the mail – a giant heart-shaped box filled with chocolates. Attached is an anonymous message: “Somebody loves you.”

That message revolutionizes Mr. Hatch’s way of life. He dresses differently. He spends his time differently. He sees people differently. Because he is loved.

I almost cry when I read the final page of this c
Maggie Burgess
Jan 21, 2016 Maggie Burgess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet story of how small acts can change a person's mood and day, and how the domino effect goes from there. One person in a good mood will do good for others. It will keep going and going. Imagine the effect one small act can do, and the difference it can make to so many people! This clearly illustrates that point for children! Definitely one I can use in my classroom about how good it feels to be a day-changer, and good deeds we can do for others. I also love that it shows how valuable it is ...more
Feb 16, 2009 Shirleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Read this cute children's book for Valentine's Day. Loved the message - people always do better when they know they are loved. My daughter-in-law recommended it to me.
May 29, 2016 Rola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-readings
you think you know everything about someone but you know nothing

everyone needs love, especially those who you can't remember seeing them smiling
Feb 14, 2009 Marcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
The best valentine book of all time. How can you not love a man who works in a shoelace factory?!!! Touching book about love and friendship.
Jan 15, 2009 Carrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This Valentine's book brought tears to my eyes! It is a really sweet book about loneliness and frienship.
Emily Madill
Jul 30, 2012 Emily Madill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We love this story at our house. The main character Mr.Hatch has a case of the 'grouchies' and lackluster for life. He doesn't smile, talk to others much or engage in life outside of his mundane routine. He does the exact same thing everyday with the exact same expression. Then on Valentine's Day he receives a heart shaped box filled with yummy treats and a note saying "Somebody Loves You!" The story continues with a transformed Mr.Hatch who has a renewed zest for life. The happier he acts the m ...more
Feb 15, 2015 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
A wonderful Valentine's Day story about a lonely man, Mr. Hatch who receives a note from a secret admirer. Love inspires more love....kindness breeds kindness....the chain reaction keeps our world on turning – that is what this Valentine’s day celebrates and what this story so tenderly reveals.
This story will leave you with a satisfied smile at seeing how love and kindness can change a sad, lonely soul into a happy, fun-loving friend to all his neighbors.
Oct 19, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to use this for Annatude/ Owning Up/ Character Education immediately. It will follow up perfectly with "being present." It's SO easy to brighten up someone else's day. Just a hello, a smile, a good word, a tiny gift, holding a door open for someone with a grin. Kids are sometimes (umm...frequently) so absorbed in their own worlds that they don't realize how much little things make a huge difference. This book with bring that idea home...LOUD, HARD, and FAST! (And although this takes pl ...more
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