I Don't Like Gloria!

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A jealous pup learns that rivals can become unexpected allies in a picture book loaded with preschooler appeal.

Why didn't anyone ask Calvin if it was all right to bring Gloria home? Now Calvin has to live with Gloria — and to make matters worse, this cat eats from his dog bowl, sleeps in his basket, and gets all the attention! Calvin will never like Gloria, and he will certainly never share anything with her. Or will he? With a kid-friendly text and light, expressive ...

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Overview

A jealous pup learns that rivals can become unexpected allies in a picture book loaded with preschooler appeal.

Why didn't anyone ask Calvin if it was all right to bring Gloria home? Now Calvin has to live with Gloria — and to make matters worse, this cat eats from his dog bowl, sleeps in his basket, and gets all the attention! Calvin will never like Gloria, and he will certainly never share anything with her. Or will he? With a kid-friendly text and light, expressive illustrations, this is the perfect tale for every child who has ever begrudgingly shared the spotlight.

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Calvin is not a happy pup. His young owner has adopted a Persian cat named Gloria, and the fluffy feline has usurped all the attention. As the girl fusses over Gloria, Calvin grumbles, "Nobody remembered my walk today. They were too busy with Gloria." In keeping with Umansky's deadpan prose, Chamberlain (The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate) pares down the details to focus on character dynamics. The pudgy, neglected hero's big, round eyes flash with indignation and hurt. Author and illustrator smartly forego an ending with hugs and kisses all around: instead, the final pages find Gloria and Calvin achieving détente when yet another new pet, this time a brown bunny, arrives on the scene. "I still don't like Gloria, and Gloria doesn't like me," says Calvin. "But at least we agree on one thing. We really don't like Jeffrey!" Youngsters will enjoy the directness of words and pictures, and nascent readers may well be able to tackle the text—especially with the humorous scenes as clues. Ages 3-6. (Feb.)

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Children's Literature - Katie DeWald
Calvin has a severe case of jealous-puppy-dog rage when Gloria the cat moves in to stay. Now everybody is always too busy with Gloria to pay any attention to him. Worse, he gets yelled at for growling at Gloria when she eats out of his bowl. A simple story line paired with cute characters set on a bright, pleasing background combine to create a wonderful story which will win fans of all ages. Young readers may especially appreciate the themes of fairness, jealousy, and the feeling of being "left out." Calvin repeatedly tells the reader of his deep distaste for Gloria, but the expressions in the characters' eyes tell the whole story. The eyes of Gloria and Calvin are at times mournful, fearful, deceitful, loving, taunting, and incredulous. Even more endearing than the adorable dog and conniving cat characters is the way Umansky draws the reader into the story; in bold print she asks the reader "Can you believe it?" and "Is that fair?" and simply emphasizes the injustices of Calvin's predicament—"They were too busy with Gloria." Umansky and Chamberlain deliver a delightfully simple book that feels like an old favorite.
School Library Journal

PreS - Gr 1 - Here's another look at the age-old predicament of feeling supplanted by an unwelcome newcomer to the household. Calvin, a small dog, is perfectly happy being the only animal in the house until, out of the blue ("Nobody asked me"), a cat named Gloria moves in. Feeling ignored and unsure of his status, Calvin states fervently, "I don't like Gloria." The family pays more attention to the newly adopted feline than to the familiar pup, which upsets Calvin's comfortable routine. The animals remain adversaries until the two learn they share a common feeling when yet another pet is brought home, displacing them both. The digitally colored pencil illustrations, in aqua, pink, and yellow with flashes of red, have a '50s appearance. There is not much action in the pictures but, with plenty of facial expressions, meaning is freely communicated. The type on the spreads is large and will appeal to beginning readers. A humorous look at a familiar situation.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763632021
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 1/9/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.39 (w) x 10.16 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kaye Umansky is the author of numerous books for young readers, including THE SILVER SPOON OF SOLOMON SNOW. She lives in London.

Margaret Chamberlain has illustrated many books for young readers, including THE MAN WHOSE MOTHER WAS A PIRATE by Margaret Mahy and PRINCESS ROSA'S WINTER by Judy Hindley. She lives in Dorset, England.

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