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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (September 20, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152020616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152020613
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gliori (Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep) here explores anxiety about the limits of a parent's loveAespecially whether it can survive a bout of pint-size bad behavior. With a gentle, rhyming text and illustrations that exude a snuggly warmth, she offers a reassuring, though ultimately cloying answer. As bedtime nears, a cute little fox named Small who's feeling "grim and grumpy" (and whose parent, Large, is pictured chatting on the phone) acts out by upturning the living room. When Large asks what's wrong, Small begins interrogating Large (neither character's gender is specified): "If I were a grumpy grizzly bear, would you still love me? Would you still care?" "I'd always love you, no matter what," responds Large. As in books like Lisa McCourt's I Love You, Stinky Face, the child ups the ante with unpleasant scenarios: what if Small were some other ostensibly uncuddly creature, like a squishy bug or a crocodile? "No matter what" comes the answer againAand Gliori's warmly comic depictions of Large's abiding affections drive home the unconditionality of parental love. Unfortunately, Gliori pushes her point a bit too hard with a closing treacly analogy to the light of stars: "We may be close, we may be far,/ but our love still surrounds us.../ wherever we are." Still, few authors wear their hearts on their sleeves so effectively. Ages 2-6. (Oct.)
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Debi Gliori's illustrations are warm, vibrant and beautiful.
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The illustrations are wonderful but most of all, the story sends a message of unconditional love.
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Our 3-year old absolutely loves this book and it's one of my favorites to read at bedtime.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A. Snyder on May 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
I originally purchased this book through my son's Scholastic book order. When it got ruined we needed a replacement since it was one of his favorite books. The version we recieved is very different from the one available through the Scholastic market. The text isn't the same. The version i recieved through Amazon is great for a child who has lost a parent or loved one...but not for my purpose. The words changed from "What about when you're far away..." to "What about when you're dead and gone". We have since located the Scholastic version...but be aware of the differences when you purchase this book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bookgirl on February 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Although this book smacks of the same ideas behind the books "I'll Love You Forever," "The Runaway Bunny," and "Guess How Much I Love You," it's a heartwarming favorite nevertheless.

"No Matter What" is about a little fox endearingly named "Small" and his mother, "Large." Small is very grumpy as he's getting ready for bed, and he can't understand how his mother could love him when he's acting this way. He questions whether she would love him even if he were a different animal or lived far away. His mother ensures Small that she would love him "no matter what." The book "No Matter What" may be based on a trite plot/concept, but at least it's one worth repeating.

The illustrations in this book do more than simply reinforce the text, for the text is simple and and abstract in some places, particularly toward the end of the book. The illustrations give concrete images to the abstract concept of love, while providing humorous details and asides. The pull-toy that Small breaks, for example, becomes mended on the page where Small asks if love can be fixed or patched. Circular lines provide a unifying motif throughout the work's illustrations, and the bright colors lend to the book a feeling of warmth.

I recommend this book. The illustrations and rhythmic text, in particular, are delightful. The only drawback I noticed was the slight breakdown in voice toward the end of the book, where the text drifts into the abstract concept of love. But at that critical shift in text, the illustrations remain compelling, and thus, so does the book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Possibly the only children's book that has moved me to tears (well, for quite a long time!)- deeply reassuring for "older children" like me as well as younger readers. Beautifuly illustrated, and a bonus of visual "did you spot thems?" to keep adults entertained through a gadzillion repeat readings....
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By erickson@hrb-ideas.com on October 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
"No Matter What" has a very simple message, but one that every parent needs to reinforce to their children. That their love is unconditional. Debi Gliori's illustrations are warm, vibrant and beautiful. This book is a keeper, and a great gift item.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This lovely picture book is charming for both children and adults. As a children's librarian, I am always looking for books parents and children can enjoy together. this story, about a parent reassuring a child that love will endure no matter if the child were an alligator or any other creepy thing, touched the heart, and will reassure young listeners. I heartily reccomend it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The guidelines at the top indicate 4-6 years old but my 2 year old loves it. And I love reading it to her. The message makes me feel good but the illustrations are the clincher - we both love looking at it. A great edition to your child's library and a great gift item!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Luisa Blanco on December 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
An excellent book for all ages. My 1st copy was bought to send to my 22yr old son. He is in the Navy and stationed away from home. 'No matter What', let him know unconditionally that he is always in my heart, loved 'No matter What'. He called and told me the book was like being home with us, especially as he had just come home from the Mediteranean Sea Area. (He serves aboard the USS Cole) Thankfully he was not injured. We are in the process of ordering copies for the rest of our children. Ages 19,14 & 5. Everyone young and old should have a copy for themselves. The story line is easily followed by all ages and the illustarations just add to the enjoyment of the book. My youngest will recite the story using the pictures alone. Thank You for a great story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We are always glad when our four-year-old chooses this book to read. The theme is unconditional love of a parent for a child. "Small," a young fox, asks his parent ("Large") will you still love me even if ... Of course Large is wonderfully reassuring, and I think this is a message preschoolers need to hear often. It's nice that Small could be either a boy or a girl, and Large could be either a mother or a father (or other caregiver for that matter). The illustrations are fun and often funny. The message comes through in way that is light and playful but not trivial. Just right. Tends to encourage hugging at the end!
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