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Absolutely Not

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by Matthew McElligott
     
 

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Two friends will win your heart as their adventure amazes your eyes.

Gloria is brave, but Frieda is absolutely not. Gloria wants to go for a walk but Frieda absolutely does not. Everything is scary from Frieda's point of view-the river looks suspiciously like a snake, and is that a moldy old log over there, or a ferocious dog? When Frieda cries wolf one too many

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Two friends will win your heart as their adventure amazes your eyes.

Gloria is brave, but Frieda is absolutely not. Gloria wants to go for a walk but Frieda absolutely does not. Everything is scary from Frieda's point of view-the river looks suspiciously like a snake, and is that a moldy old log over there, or a ferocious dog? When Frieda cries wolf one too many times, Gloria stops listening to her. But what's that in the bushes? Are the two little friends in danger, or is it another figment of Frieda's imagination?

Matthew McElligott's visual illusions will have you just as amazed as Frieda is about what's absolutely real and what's absolutely not. And Gloria and Frieda's friendship will win your hearts.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Gloria and Frieda are an odd couple of anthropomorphic ants. Gloria is ready to try almost anything, while Frieda is afraid of almost everything. Gloria takes Frieda out for a walk on a lovely early fall day. Frieda is uncomfortable, sure that someone is watching them. Everywhere Gloria sees possibilities but Frieda sees menaces. When Gloria decides to take the shortcut home through the woods, Frieda admits that perhaps she worries and imagines too much. But this time, what Frieda thinks she sees is real: a menacing bird. "We were nearly dinner," Gloria admits, apologizing to Frieda. But surprisingly Frieda has decided that what she would like from Gloria is to be taken for another walk tomorrow. The pencil, watercolor and digital illustrations visualize Frieda's fantasies, so that if we look closely we can see them hidden there. The scenes are simplified natural settings with the trees, plants, and landscapes all lushly green and attractive. The two ladies, primly dressed in shades of lavender with hats, loops of pearls, and four hands clutching purse, enable us to smile as we join them on this low-key adventure. A map on the end-papers helps visualize their journey. 2004, Walker & Company, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-This unpretentious story about friendship has a twist borrowed from "The Blind Man and the Elephant" that separates it from the pack. Dressed up in elegant outfits in complementary shades of lavender and periwinkle, two green bugs share a companionable walk. Gloria is eager to participate fully in the beautiful day; Frieda is timid and imagines danger everywhere. What Frieda sees as a snake, Gloria recognizes as a river. Gloria's lovely log looks to Frieda like a dog. After having an enjoyable time in spite of herself, Frieda reluctantly agrees to take Gloria's shortcut home through the woods ("Have I been wrong so far?") and indeed Frieda's fears are realized. The friends narrowly escape, but make plans for another walk the next day. McElligott's simple and attractive layout; the clean, orderly pencil-and-watercolor illustrations; and the straightforward text with its predictable aspects all work together to keep readers inside the joke. Absolutely Not offers young readers a rare chance to synthesize verbal and graphic clues and figure out for themselves what's what. It all adds up to a dash of emerging literacy and a splash of fun.-Liza Graybill, Worcester Public Library, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Watercolor, pencil, and digital techniques illustrate this gentle story about the nature of fear during two insects' late-summer stroll. Gloria proposes an outing, but Frieda is frightened of the snake outside the window-which is really the winding river in the distance. Gloria coaxes Frieda outside, where Frieda sees huge frogs waiting to eat them-but they're really only the negative space of leaf patterns on the ground. Some pictures show the two insects from afar, emphasizing how small they are within their landscape; endpapers provide an aerial view of the territory covered. Pale greens and blues keep the setting mild and summer-like. Deft visual pacing brings sudden drama when one of Frieda's worries turns out to be well-founded, but never fear: this whimsical tale may ponder the relative value of fear itself, but McElligott brings everyone home safe. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802789341
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
03/21/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
6.58(w) x 10.96(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


MATTHEW McELLIGOTT is the author of several books for children, including The Lion's Share, Absolutely Not, and Backbeard and the Birthday Suit. He teaches at Sage College and also visits elementary schools around the country. He lives in New York.www.mattmcelligott.com

MATTHEW McELLIGOTT is the author of several books for children, including The Lion's Share, Absolutely Not, and Backbeard and the Birthday Suit. He teaches at Sage College and also visits elementary schools around the country. He lives in New York.www.mattmcelligott.com

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