Nobody Notices Minerva

Nobody Notices Minerva

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by Wednesday Kirwan, Erik Synnestvedt, Michele Medlin
     
 

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Minerva is being a very naughty girl today. But no one seems to notice - or care - when she pulls out the stuffing from Dad�s favorite chair, peels off the wallpaper, knocks over the milk, and pokes her brother. And not only is everyone ignoring her, but being bad doesn�t even make her feel good! Is there a better way to get a little attention?

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Minerva is being a very naughty girl today. But no one seems to notice - or care - when she pulls out the stuffing from Dad�s favorite chair, peels off the wallpaper, knocks over the milk, and pokes her brother. And not only is everyone ignoring her, but being bad doesn�t even make her feel good! Is there a better way to get a little attention?

A story kids will really relate to (complete with a sly ending) and adorable art - featuring a cute Boston terrier bent on mischief - will make this a toddler favorite. Plus, they�ll realize what Minerva doesn�t: that her Mom and Dad really are keeping a loving eye on her the whole time!

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Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
From the moment she wakes up, Minerva is in a funk. She has overslept and, she thinks, no one has noticed. She heads to the kitchen for breakfast, but her dad is too busy feeding the baby to notice her. In the living room, her mom is too busy helping Minerva's brother with his homework. Minerva's frustration cannot be contained. She picks apart dad's favorite chair and mom's plant. She continues to break rules and cause trouble, and her parents continue not to notice her (or so she thinks). She makes messes, pokes her brother and upsets the baby, but nothing gets Minerva the attention she so badly wants. Sadder than sad, she builds a fort of couch cushions where she can have a lonely cry. Finally, Dad sits down with her. His gentle words reassure the distraught girl that she is loved and noticed. Later, Minerva emerges from her fort. She still wants attention, but decides to help her family members instead of annoy them. At bedtime, Minerva is glad for the day's turnaround. This tender story is kept light by the brevity of Kiwan's text and the cartoon-like nature of her illustrations. It is a reassuring book for any parent and child to share at the end of a rough day. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
Kirkus Reviews
A cantankerous terrier struggles to find her place in her family dynamic in this wryly funny tale. Minerva is a classic middle child, sandwiched between the needs of the family baby and the more mature requirements of an older sibling. Tired of feeling overlooked, the canny canine relies upon a tried-and-true method of garnering attention: non-stop naughtiness. Kirwan has a keen eye for preschool antics; her humorous depictions of Minerva's mischievousness will earn giggles of recognition from young readers, as Minerva slyly wreaks havoc on the household. Wary caregivers need not be concerned, however, as Minerva's outbursts are deftly handled by her wise parents. The tale concludes with a worthy message about how good deeds actually earn double rewards: feeling good about one's self and gaining positive recognition. Kirwan's colored-pencil-and-gouache illustrations artfully capture both the sassiness and underlying sensitivity of her spunky heroine. This smart tale relies upon humor rather than laborious preaching to get a timely message across. (Picture book. 3-6)

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ISBN-13:
9781436114165
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
04/10/2008

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