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Slugs in Love

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  508 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Even slugs send valentines

Marylou loves everything about Herbie-how his slime trail glistens in the dark, how he can stretch himself thin to squeeze inside the cellar window, and how he always finds the juiciest tomatoes. But Marylou is a shy slug. How can she get Herbie to notice her? Find out how Marylou woos her beloved in this "must-have" love-story that's perfect for
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Two Lions (first published September 2006)
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Jan 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
A really cute Valentine's story with an unusual cast of characters--SLUGS! I thought this was an absolutely adorable story about a smitten girl slug who writes Valentines poems (in slime!) for the slug she loves from across a crowded room--er, garden! He is struck by her lovely sentiments but he doesn't know which slug she is (there are so many in the garden1) so writes her a valentine back but, oh dear, he writes it on the garden hoe and the farmer moves it before she ever sees it! Undaunted, s ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Humorous Valentine's Day Stories for Children
Two poetically inclined young slugs in love! What could be more romantic? This adorable, hilarious, and ultimately heartwarming book, perfect for Valentine's Day, follows the story of shy Marylou, who - being terribly enamored of her fellow slug Herbie - sets out to woo him through her poems, written (in slime) on everything from a watering can to a scarecrow's hat. Herbie himself, unsure of the identity of his not-so-secret admirer, begins composing poems of his own, hoping to convince Marylou ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Super cute.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Slugs in love!! Cute poetry & a bit cheesy. I think that was my favorite part!
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: child-lit
It's a very cute picture book about two slugs, Herbie and Marylou. They write sweetheart notes to each other, trying to find one another. The notes they write either aren't seen or disappear. Herbie finally gets the idea to write a note that Marylou can't miss. This book is around a third grade reading level; it's also good to read aloud to younger children. Very nice illustrations. ...more
Meg McGregor
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: holiday-reads
MaryLou loves Herbie but is too shy to tell him out loud.

So begins, a very thoughtful and loving exchange of poems, written on such items as a tomato plant, a scarecrow, a rake, watering can, etc.

Will Herbie and MaryLou every meet?

A wonderful book to be read at Valentines and every day of the year!

Their communication is like an old fashioned personal ad. Very cute!

The reason I mention that is, I met my husband, through placing a personal ad in a newspaper 28 years ago.
Jan 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: valentine, childrens, 2009
A very cute story about two slugs who write poems to one another using their slime trails. Not sure how this could possibly be romantic, but I guess even slugs deserve love too. Fun poems that our girls enjoyed finding the rhyming words to.
Courtney Angelo
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Slugs in Love is an easy read, but very enjoyable. The pictures on the pages match the descriptions of the sentences. The sentences include rhyming, which adds to the "fun" of the book. I enjoy the "chase" the two slugs encounter. They go to great heights to find one another and fall in love. ...more
Meg McGregor
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
MaryLou loves Herbie but is too shy to tell him out loud.

So begins a very thoughtful and loving exchange of poems written on such items as a tomato plant, a scarecrow, a rake, etc.

Will Herbie and MaryLou every meet?

A wonderful book to be read at Valentines and every day of the year!
Viviane Elbee
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a good book for older children who can sit through longer books. (It is quite text heavy).

It can be used to discuss poetry since the two slug main characters write poems.

It is also appropriate for Valentine Day reads.

Kids both enjoyed it.
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweeeet! I love this story! It's just made for Valentine's Day! Lots cute poems, illustrations are wonderful, colorful and bright! Littles will love it! ...more
Two BookWorms Blog
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For most of us, “romantic” and “lovable” are not the first two words that come to mind when we think of slugs. Marylou and Herbie are different.

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Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Cute concept but the execution is repetitive, and not in that great-for-a-read-aloud way. Instead of rising action/tension, we see the same things happening on most spreads: Marylou writes Herbie a love poem in slime, and Herbie can't figure out who she is. Until, eventually (spoiler), he does. ...more
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Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Utterly, wonderfully, ridiculously awesome.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh gosh precious. Not twee, not too mushy, just utterly delightful. Here's hoping youngsters learn to write little love poems to their crushes. ...more
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun read aloud that could be used to introduce letter writing in a fun way.
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
so cute. i love it ... very good illustrations ... so cute. made me smile. just a happy read. it has been a while is i have seen slugs ... great read.
Z picked this out herself. Each missed meeting prompted Z to shout at the book, “If you would just ...” as though the characters could respond to her suggestions. Cute rhyming narrative.
Liz Lowe
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Previous book about slugs who court through poems.
Diana Parker
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very cute picture book! Made slugs look cute which I think is hard to do!
Feb 23, 2021 rated it liked it
Cute books about slugs finding each other.
Apr 18, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You can fall in love with someone you've never talked to .... or met.... or spent any time with... ...more
Mar 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Slug books are fun

A delightful back that captivated my grandchildren and tickled their funny bones. That book led to an adventure of fiction and non-fiction books about slugs.
Shannon Janik
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“Slugs in Love” by Susan Pearson was an adorable book about true love. Marylou loves Herbie but she is really shy so she writes him little love letters all around the slug garden for him to see. Upon seeing these love letters, Herbie can not wait to meet Marylou so he writes her letters back asking to meet her. However, Herbie’s letters never get seen. But Marylou, being very persistent never gives up on Herbie and keeps on writing him about her love for her. Soon enough Herbie and Marylou meet ...more
Dena (Batch of Books)
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
So cute!

This tale of romance between two slugs is super adorable. I have always had a soft spot for love stories, even ones in picture books.

The writing is clear and concise, with just the right amount of words on each page. The story moves along quickly, so your child isn't likely to get bored with the things that are happening.

I loved the way Marylou kept leaving poems for Herbie all around the garden, and how every time he wrote a poem back to her, something happened so that she wouldn't se
Marylou the slug is in love with Herbie, a fellow slug. She leaves him poems in slime all over the garden. Herbie loves the poems from Marylou, but he can't figure out which slug she is. Every time he leaves her a return poem in slime something happens and it disappears. All the time Marylou is pining over Herbie, he's trying to figure out who she is. In the end they find each other and live happily ever after.

A very cute story, perfect for a Valentine's storytime. My one concern is the the reas
Linnea McGowan
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Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-alouds
Marylou, what a bold slug woman you are leaving love notes where everyone can see them! The whole writing in your own slime thing is kind of unappealing though, but I guess it's cute in it's own way. You became even more interesting when all of Herbie's friends had never heard of you! How many slugs are in your slug colony that no one knows who you are or even what you look like? You won me over though with your sweet rhymes, and obviously, it worked on Herbie. Congrats on the 7+ slug babies and ...more
Sue Pak
These two slugs are in love and writes love letters to one another.

I thought this book was cute. It was a little cheesy, but definitely cute. I read this out loud in my first grade class, and half the children were making gag sounds whenever love lines were spurted out. It was a fun book to read though, the children enjoyed it.
I would use this book if the children has to learn how to write letters. I would also use this book to give children an idea of poetry and rhyming words.
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012-13
Oh, my gosh! It feels so good to finally post something! I have been so busy at BEA! Can't wait to read all of the new galleys and ARCs I picked up! Plus plenty of new picture books and autographed books as well.
Not sure I ever read this, though I know I have it in paperback at home. Very cute! Love that the slugs write poems back and forth to each other.

Much more to post this week-end!!!
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