Too Much Glue

Too Much Glue

Book - 2013
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Matty's teacher warns him that "too much glue never dries", but he loves glue. One day he uses so much glue, that he finds himself glued to his desk. His teacher, classmates and principal try to free him, but his Dad shows up to save him.
Publisher: Brooklyn, New York : Flashlight Press, ©2013.
ISBN: 9781936261277
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,illustrations ;,26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Retz, Zac - Illustrator


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Nov 08, 2014

Matty loves to use too much glue both at school and at home. His teacher warns him that too much glue never dries. One day he gets quite carried away with his use of glue making a puddly mess which he promptly throws himself into. The problem is, he becomes stuck. His classmates try everything they can think of to get him loose. Finally, the glue dries enabling dad to take him home in his "glue suit" which later becomes a prominent piece of artwork on the fridge.

This story is an extreme example of what can happen when you use too much glue. You have a hyperventilating teacher in the background and children who are trying to be helpful, but not actually succeeding at it. I love how the author adds to the description of the mess after each person tries to help. He moves from a blucky stucky mess to a clingy stringy, blucky stucky mess and so on. And Matty's parents are obvious art lovers. They join in the fun of making art messes at home. I love how they change from glue sculptures to duck tape art in the end. A less messy business.

The illustrations are very colorful and fun. They are created completely on the computer and have a bit of a blurry effect.

Kids will love this story. However, I would hide your glue for a while. I can already see them trying out what Matty did to create a glue suit. Grades K-2, as advertized, is the perfect age group for this book.

SPL_Kids Oct 11, 2013

What young child hasn’t imagined, even for a few seconds, using an entire container of glue on an art creation? In this laugh-aloud tale, Matty, who loves working with glue, does exactly this on his art class project.

Despite his teacher’s repeated warnings, Matty pours all of the glue from the classroom containers onto his art. Mixed with lots of sequins and googly eyes, the sticky lake looks quite impressive … but it’s not impressive enough for Matty. Unable to resist, he belly flops onto the table and rolls around, letting the glue and everything else cover him.

When he tries to get up from the table, Matty discovers, of course, that he’s stuck in the gloopy mess. All he can do is lift his head from the table, wave his hands and wiggle his feet. Worse, there’s only half an hour until school ends for the day.

While his teacher hyperventilates into a paper bag, some of his classmates try to lasso Matty from the mess. They try to pry him loose, using a toy tow truck. They attempt to blot up the glue. Nothing works. Matty is still stuck.

Summoned from his office, the principal doesn’t know what to do. He puts a sticky note on Matty and leaves the room.

Even the school nurse can’t come up with a solution.

In the end, it’s Matty himself who comes up with a plan - one which results in a true “work of art”!

Young listeners will be “glued” to this hilarious, outrageous story, reminiscent of the tales written by children’s author Robert Munsch. It would be enjoyed as a read-aloud in an elementary school class.

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SPL_Kids Oct 11, 2013

SPL_Kids thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 7


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