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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.
...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
Jason Lefebvreis a children’s librarian at the Holyoke Public Library and a preschool paraprofessional. He lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts.Zac Retzstudied illustration at Rochester InstitutelS.