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Too Much Glue
     

Too Much Glue

3.6 3
by Jason Lefebvre, Zac Retz (Illustrator)
 

Winner of:
Top 10 PAL Awards Pick
2016 Montana Treasure State Award

 
Although Matty’s art teacher has warned him that too much glue never dries, Matty loves glue. After all, he and his dad make oodles of glue projects at home. One day during art class, Matty finds the fullest bottles of glue, and the fun begins. With a squeeze

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Winner of:
Top 10 PAL Awards Pick
2016 Montana Treasure State Award

 
Although Matty’s art teacher has warned him that too much glue never dries, Matty loves glue. After all, he and his dad make oodles of glue projects at home. One day during art class, Matty finds the fullest bottles of glue, and the fun begins. With a squeeze and a plop, Matty pours a lake of glue before belly-flopping right in the middle and finds himself stuck to the desk. When Matty’s dad arrives at the school, instead of being mad, he celebrates his son’s creativity and calls him a work of art. With vibrant language and artwork and a wild, silly plot, Too Much Glue is sure to appeal to all children who love to get messy.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Matty is no paste eater, but short of consuming it, he loves everything about glue, especially using it in enormous quantities. Although Matty’s teacher preaches moderation (“Glue raindrops, not puddles!”), Matty isn’t listening, and his parents are happy to encourage him. An early scene shows the family wearing glue mustaches, goggles, and tiaras as they build small castles from the sticky stuff; debut illustrator Retz’s artwork is created digitally, but there’s a sculptural quality to it that almost suggests he could be using glue as a medium, too. After Matty launches himself into a giant puddle of glue at school, various efforts to free him only compound the problem: “Now I’m a clicky bricky, clingy stringy, blucky stucky mess,” he says, none too upset. First-time author LeFebvre presents a rowdy tale about the disruptive forms that creativity can take; although Matty’s teacher hyperventilates over the situation, there’s no yelling at, scolding of, or consequences for Matty. Adults less understanding than those found within these pages should be forewarned: while imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, it can also require serious cleanup. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
"...debut illustrator Retz’s artwork is created digitally, but there’s a sculptural quality to it that almost suggests he could be using glue as a medium, too.... First-time author LeFebvre presents a rowdy tale about the disruptive forms that creativity can take."  —Publishers Weekly

"The stage is set for the fun to come on the jacket/cover, where an excited Matty messes with strings of white glue. Photoshop is used to depict the rounded, slightly exaggerated characters, the believable classroom, and the wild attempts to release Matty. The end pages have their own message." —Ken and Sylvia Marantz, Children's Literature

"This is an exuberant celebration of diving into art, body and soul. While teachers probably won't appreciate the glue-fest, children will enjoy the over-the-top humor and the big, vibrant, hilarious illustrations by Zac Retz that are big enough for group sharing." —Teresa Bateman, pscreviews.org

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Although his teacher has warned him about using too much glue, Matty, our narrator, and his father both love glue. They use it at home to glue everything. So in art class one day Matty pours a lake of glue from the bottle and fills it with sequins and googly eyes. Then he flops onto the table and covers himself with it all. Unfortunately he then finds himself stuck on the table. Nothing seems to allow him to pull himself off; he is a "...blucky stucky mess." The text has fun playing with such descriptive words. He finally gets the glue to dry but he is still stuck. His dad manages to peel him off the table; then Dad displays Matty like a work of art. Perhaps they may take the principal's advice and use tape in the future. The stage is set for the fun to come on the jacket/cover, where an excited Matty messes with strings of white glue. Photoshop is used to depict the rounded, slightly exaggerated characters, the believable classroom, and the wild attempts to release Matty. The end pages have their own message. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
PreS-Gr 1—Is there such a thing as too much glue? Matty, the glue-obsessed narrator, is determined to find out in this quirky picture book. Despite his art teacher's warning that "Too much glue never dries," Matty makes a gluey lake for his creation. The finishing touch is to throw himself into the middle of his sticky artwork. "But when I try to pull myself off the table, I boing right back down!" His friends try various methods to free him, the nurse checks his temperature, and the principal leaves a note, but they all fail to pull him from the gluey mess. Finally, his dad, who has a similar obsession, peels him off the table and proclaims, "Matty, you're a masterpiece!" The Photoshop illustrations complement the text. The facial expressions are wonderful on both teachers and students. However, the text can feel choppy and forced at times. A supplemental purchase.—Brooke Rasche, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
Can there be too much glue? Matty's about to find out. Matty's art teacher warns him that too much glue will never dry, but Matty (and his dad) loves glue; they play with it constantly. So Matty finds the "fullest" bottle in the art room and squirts it all over his project. Then he flops down in the middle of the mess…and gets stuck. He's "a blucky stucky mess!" His friends try to lasso him with yarn and haul him out, but the yarn breaks and gets stuck; now, he's "a clingy stringy, blucky stucky mess." A Lego tow truck snaps apart in another rescue attempt, making him a "click-brick, clingy stringy, blucky stucky mess!" When the bell rings, the glue's dry, and dad must peel gluey Matty off the table. At home, he's divested of his glue suit, and Dad puts a magnet on it and sticks it to the fridge. After dinner, the family explores the fun of duct tape. Despite the busy plot and superabundance of exclamation marks, Lefebvre's debut never rises to the level of mayhem or fun it aspires to. The cumulative portion of the tale loses rhyme, rhythm and logic six pages before it ends. Retz's Photoshop paintings are bright, wide-eyed and goofy, but they can't add enough fun to compensate for the lackluster text. Great gobs of glue should be more fun than this. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936261277
Publisher:
Flashlight Press
Publication date:
09/01/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
114,871
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Jason Lefebvre is a children’s librarian at the Holyoke Public Library and a preschool paraprofessional. He lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Zac Retz studied illustration at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where he was an editorial illustrator for the RIT Reporters, and the winner of the 2012 RIT Reporter Art Challenge. He has worked as an illustrator, concept artist, character designer, clay modeler, and t-shirt designer. He lives in Manlius, New York.

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Too Much Glue 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Sippy7 More than 1 year ago
Reminds us to applaud the unique likes and qualities in every individual
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CanadaInker4 More than 1 year ago
Check out that cover!  Check out that face!  That face is emanating pure heaven. That face belongs to Matty and glue makes him euphoric!  At home, he and his dad make glue glasses, glue mustaches and even glue castles, while mom mans the glue gun.  Now today at school his teacher is inviting the kids to design their own gluey creation and boy does Matty know how to do that. He's an expert.  Easy peasy!  Where's that glue - I am ready? That's another great thing about the book, it is told in the first person, through the eyes of Matty, which I love. He ignores the teacher's warning regarding the proper use of the glue.  She tells the kids to glue raindrops, not puddles,  but Matty whose mind is already in glue-overdrive seeks out the fullest bottle he can find and starts pouring it on...er...out!  He squeezes out a lake of the stuff and then adds sequins, sparklers and other countless add-ons.  Matty checks out his art project and decides to add on one more thing.....himself!  He is just what is needed to make his masterpiece perfect! He's the final touch.  He does run into a bit of problem when he discovers he may be a permanent fixture.  He cannot remove himself from his work of art. He is totally stuck, unable to peel himself away.  The teacher, (who is hyperventilating by now), his classmates, the school nurse and even the school principal are unable to detach him ... he is a 3-D phenomenon rising right out of his creation.  Dad arrives and saves the day.  Without scolding or getting angry dad surprises everyone with his response to the dilemma. The illustrations are absolutely perfect.  They are colourful, vibrant, expressive and full of action.  This hilarious book will have you in stitches and eager to read it again and again.  This is Lefebvre's  debut novel and I hope by he now is well into the writing of his second.  You will love this book for sure and have your kids asking, "Is there any glue in our house?"