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I'm Not Invited?
     

I'm Not Invited?

by Diana Cain Bluthenthal (Illustrator)
 

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Minnie's good friend Charles names his mealworm Minnie. So why doesn't he invite her to the party at his house this coming Saturday?
Hopeful at first, Minnie, by week's end, is a wreck. "No invitation, no party, no nothing," she moans, feeling as everyone feels at one time or another: unhappily left out.
Diana Cain Bluthenthal knows how to be a

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Minnie's good friend Charles names his mealworm Minnie. So why doesn't he invite her to the party at his house this coming Saturday?
Hopeful at first, Minnie, by week's end, is a wreck. "No invitation, no party, no nothing," she moans, feeling as everyone feels at one time or another: unhappily left out.
Diana Cain Bluthenthal knows how to be a comfort — to Minnie or anybody — with a story and pictures that are funny as well as true to life.
Minnie, by week's end, is a wreck. "No invitation, no party, no nothing," she moans, feeling as everyone feels at one time or another: unhappily left out.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Any kid who has ever felt excluded will immediately identify with the cover art on Bluthenthal's (Matilda the Moocher) satisfying book: a forlorn-looking girl watches a trio of peers walk by, engulfed in a bouquet of balloons. Minnie hears a girl ask Charles, "What time is the party?" and races home to check her mailbox for the invitation that is not there. Convinced that Charles will still invite her, the child is reminded of the forthcoming festivities at every turn: this week's vocabulary words have a party theme, she answers a wrong-number phone call for "Parties 'R' Us" and the pattern on her pajamas reminds her of confetti and streamers. Beginning to lose hope as the party day draws near, Minnie tries to console herself ("It's okay.... I don't have to be invited to everything" and "That's it!... Charles meant to invite me, but forgot to, and then forgot that he forgot!"). The girl's mood swings are easily discernible in Bluthenthal's winsome watercolors, and Minnie's misery is balanced visually by her (and others') exaggerated expressions and by the cheerful palette. Though real-life stories rarely have the happy ending that caps this tale (it was Charles's sister's party all along), most kids will recognize Minnie's situation and be inspired by her upbeat example. Ages 4-7. (Mar.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Minnie overhears her friend Charles discussing a party that will take place on Saturday. Hurt that she has not been invited, she spends the week brooding, until by Friday she is downright morose, thinking of nothing else and scarcely able to eat. On the bus ride home from school that afternoon, she hits bottom: "Then all Minnie's hopes sank straight to her stomach. It was no use. `No invitation, no party, no nothing,' she wept." On Saturday, she goes to play ball with some friends, gratified that they haven't been invited either. To her surprise, there is Charles-it wasn't his party but his sister's that she had heard being discussed. While the story is competently written and the bright watercolor paintings are engaging, the message here is problematic. Should a party invitation have such an obsessive focus for a child? Why do her parents, who are aware of her gloom, not attempt to ascertain its cause? Minnie's angst is relieved only by the realization that she had not truly been left out. Would her downward spiral have continued if indeed she had been? While the book might be used to open discussion on these very questions, as an independent read it is an additional purchase.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A sensitive tale takes a wry look at the sometimes prickly and often painful path of children�s social relationships. Minnie is devastated when she hears her best friend Charles mention a party at his house on Saturday and then doesn�t receive an invitation. In true Murphy�s Law tradition, Minnie is surrounded by reminders of celebrations: her spelling words for the week are about parties, her pajamas have a confetti theme printed on them, and party stores accidentally call her home. As the week preceding the party drags on, Minnie becomes increasingly despondent. However, Minnie�s tale does have a happy ending. On the big day, Minnie discovers Charles at the local ball field and happily learns that the party was for his sister, not him. Bluthenthal (Meaner Than Meanest, 2001, etc.) neatly balances Minnie�s growing despair with a compassionate yet comical flare, using cartoon-style watercolor illustrations as a humorous foil for the text. Minnie conjures up a myriad of reasons why Charles�s invite did not reach her; thinking perhaps the invitation went to the wrong home or maybe even something more dire. Featured next to these statements are Minnie�s vivid imaginings: a nose-pierced Mohawk-styled adolescent looks bewilderedly at a party invite in one thought cloud and a whirling tornado carries off an entire mailbox in another. While it skirts the heavy issue of how to cope when a child is truly left out of an important gathering of peers, Bluthenthal�s understanding tale offers readers the solace of knowing that everyone at one time or another struggles with feeling left out. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416971412
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Diana Cain Bluthenthal is the author and illustrator of Matilda the Moocher and I'm Not Invited?, and the illustrator of a dozen other books for children. She lives with her husband. two young sons, and pets (including two worms) in North Carolina.

Diana Cain Bluthenthal is the author and illustrator of Matilda the Moocher and I'm Not Invited?, and the illustrator of a dozen other books for children. She lives with her husband. two young sons, and pets (including two worms) in North Carolina.

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