Does Anybody Love Me?

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Messy, boisterous Charlie means well, but she keeps upsetting her parents. Her chocolate pudding, made with crumbly dirt, pebbles, and sand, needed a little water from the kitchen sink. But she stirred it a little too vigorously, and then Dad showed up.

Charlie is adventuresome and determined, but she and Panda need a speedy rescue and scolding when they finally run away from home. Charming Charlie finds a friend in her grandpa in this very memorable story! Does Anybody Love Me?...

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Overview

Messy, boisterous Charlie means well, but she keeps upsetting her parents. Her chocolate pudding, made with crumbly dirt, pebbles, and sand, needed a little water from the kitchen sink. But she stirred it a little too vigorously, and then Dad showed up.

Charlie is adventuresome and determined, but she and Panda need a speedy rescue and scolding when they finally run away from home. Charming Charlie finds a friend in her grandpa in this very memorable story! Does Anybody Love Me? is Gillian Lobel's third picture-book story. Artist Rosalind Beardshaw is the winner of a Kate Greenaway Award for illustration.

Charlie runs away to a secret place in the back yard because she feels that her parents do not love her, but her grandfather influences her to return home.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Mildly admonished by Dad and Mom after mucking up the kitchen (by making mud pudding) and flooding the bathroom (by creating tidal waves in the sink), a girl named Charlie decides to light out for "somewhere nice where there's no cross people." This version of a tried-and-true chestnut makes stops at all the familiar narrative landmarks: the heroine's descent into Sturm und Drang, the initial excitement over a successful escape (to a "secret den" under the branches of a fir tree in her backyard) followed by the crisis of confidence (precipitated by a rain shower). Luckily, Grandpa, "lost in the jungle," allows Charlie to save face as she "rescu[es]" Grandpa and guides him home. "That's my brave girl!" says Mom, following up with a hug and a cup of real chocolate pudding. While British author Lobel keeps the story efficiently moving along, it's mostly up to Beardshaw (Fran's Flower) to infuse this old standby with freshness and she does, with acrylics that exude a gung-ho cheeriness. The artist makes it clear from the set of Charlie's jaw and the determination that animates her pudgy body that this rosy-cheeked heroine's willfulness will not be ignored. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Charlie makes a monumental mess of the kitchen, making her dirt-based version of chocolate pudding, and Dad is cross with her. In the bathroom sink, she plays boats-in-a-storm, creating a woeful wetness. Mom is disappointed. Deciding that no one loves her, Charlie runs away with Panda to the backyard/jungle. When it begins to rain, clever Grandpa shows up "lost" and asks his granddaughter to help him find his way home. A loving family gathers in the kitchen as Charlie serves him a "big helping of chocolate pudding." Though love abounds in this sweet story, the lack of craft in the text and the cartoon illustrations equal merely a well-intentioned effort. Only Panda retains the warmth that is lacking in the other, rather plastic characters in spite of their little-red-line smiles. If love is all you need, Charlie's wee adventure may suffice.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Poor Charlie is stuck with parents who have no appreciation for her wild, sometimes messy imagination in Lobel’s amusing US debut. First, Dad is unable to see the beauty in the chocolate pudding comprised of "dark crumbly earth . . . a handful of pebbles for raisins and a sprinkling of sand for sugar," that Charlie creates for Grandpa in the kitchen. To make matters worse, the big storm that washes over her boats in the bathroom lake translates into a soaked floor for angry Mom. With Panda the stuffed bear as her silent ally, Charlie decides to run away to "somewhere nice . . . where there’s no cross people." A journey to the backyard jungle starts out well, and Charlie enjoys a game of shipwreck in the green waves of grass. But the fun ends abruptly when she gets thirsty, and the weather becomes dark and rainy. Despite Panda’s tendency to panic, Charlie never loses her nerve and is even able to help Grandpa to safety when he shows up lost in her jungle. Rich, colorful illustrations add a charming element to this tale that poignantly depicts the conflict between a child’s languorous fantasy world and her parents’ harried reality. Charlie looks particularly cherubic in her bright yellow sweater adorned with pompom tassels, purple and orange polka-dot rainboots, and red-apple-rosy cheeks. A happy ending with a reassurance that, yes indeed, many people do love Charlie. (Picture book. 4-8) $30,000 ad/promo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561483686
  • Publisher: Good Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: NO AMER
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Charlie was making chocolate pudding. She put some dark crumbly earth into the mixing bowl.

She added a handful of pebbles for raisins and a sprinkling of sand for sugar.

Then she went to the kitchen, turned on the cold water and watched her pudding go soft and squidgy.

She gave it a really good stir.

Chocolate pudding flew all round the kitchen.

"Oh, Charlie! What a mess!"

Dad looked really cross. "That was a silly thing to do."

"I'm making chocolate pudding for Grandpa!" Charlie felt hurt.

"You're making a mess!" grumbled Dad.

Charlie stomped upstairs. She wouldn't give Dad any of her pudding. She decided to play boats in the bathroom. She filled the washbowl full of water and sailed the bath-time boats around their little lake. "Now there's a big storm coming!" She stirred the water hard. Little waves splashed over the soap.

"Crash!" She smacked the water hard for thunder. The waves rolled over the washbowl and poured onto the floor.

© Good Books, Intercourse, PA 17534

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