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Cecil the Pet Glacier by Matthea Harvey

Cecil the Pet Glacier

by Matthea Harvey

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This was the first book out of all of the picture books I have read so far in this course that I did not like. The way all the characters were depicted I found to be very odd. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters in the book. The girl is first described as “normal” with not so normal parents. The parents were depicted as negligent and inconsiderate. I do not think these characters present themselves as good role models. In my opinion, the whole plot of the story was strange and not engaging at all. The story is about a little girl who wants a pet but then when she is in Norway, a glacier decides it is going to be her pet. The child neglects the glacier and wants nothing to do with it until it saves one of her dolls from being outside in the rain. This book had a strange way of getting the main idea across. I believe the main idea is that it is fine to be different and people should embrace their differences. ( )
  vharsh1 | Oct 15, 2014 |
This book was ecclectic and backwards. Rubys parents are quite a riot- her mom makes tiaras and her dad makes topiaries. They play music and dance through the yard, they eat their sandwiches upside down. Make up drinks like milk and coke, they even play ping pong in the plane. Ruby wants a pet but her parents of course do not think of "normal" pets. On vacation a glacier starts to follow Ruby and her parents claim the little glacier as her pet and it's name is Cecil. This book is funny and would also be understood without reading the texts, as the illustrations are bright and engaging. ( )
  jessotto | Mar 4, 2014 |
So cute and weird! ( )
  earthforms | Feb 2, 2014 |
The care and feeding of a pet glacier. Yes, a pet glacier. Whimsically surreal. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
I love Matthea Harvey's poetry for adults, especially Pity The Bathtub Its Forced Embrace Of The Human Form and her brilliant erasure collaboration Of Lamb. Her latest . . . a kids book is wonderfully, subversively funny. A pleasure for me to read aloud . . . and the boy LOVED it. Pitch perfect illustrations, too. ( )
  beckydj | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375867732, Hardcover)

In a starred review Publishers Weekly raves: "It’s an avant-garde, surrealist story with a Hollywood-style tearjerker lurking within—and a surprisingly charming and affecting one at that."

Award-winning poet Matthea Harvey and illustrator extraordinaire Giselle Potter team up to create an indescribably unique picture book about wanting to be normal, then coming to appreciate being different. Ruby would love to be like everyone else—not easy when you have a tiara-wearing mother and a father who spends his time trimming outrageous topiary. She'd also like to get a nice normal pet, maybe a dog. Then, on a family vacation to Norway, she finds herself adopted by a small, affectionate glacier. How Cecil, as the ice pet is named, proves himself to Ruby—risking his own meltdown—is a story sure to thrill and delight young readers.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:04:50 -0400)

Ruby Small's embarrassingly eccentric parents take her on a vacation to Norway where she acquires an unwanted pet, a glacier named Cecil, who finds a way to melt Ruby's heart.

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