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Gluey : a snail's travails
Walsh, Vivian.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, Inc., 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
When Celerina the bunny moves into a new house, she doesn't realize that there was already a snail living there and that he is the "magic" that repairs anything she breaks, and even the house itself.
Reading Level:
AD 360 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.3 0.5 63616.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.7 2 Quiz: 31822 Guided reading level: L.
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PIC BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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This is the story of a house . . .
and of the house-proud bunny who moves in and calls it home . . .
and of the largehearted little snail who lives on the outside and keeps everything together (with a bit of help from the Wee people).
As touching as it is hilarious, Vivian Walsh's story is perfectly matched by J.otto Seibold's spectacular art. Together they have created a strikingly original tale as amusing as it is heartfelt.

Author Notes

VIVIAN WALSH and J.OTTO SEIBOLD are the creators of seven other picture books, including the bestselling Christmas classic Olive, the Other Reindeer and three about the plucky pup Mr. Lunch. They live in San Francisco, California.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

K^-Gr. 3. Once upon a time, a rabbit named Celerina discovers an empty house and decides to move in. Little does she know that it is already occupied--by Gluey, a sweet-natured carpenter snail. Alas, when Gluey tries to introduce himself, the bumptious bunny tosses him clean across the meadow. Fortunately, he lands on something soft, smack dab in the center of the Wee people's village. Meanwhile, Celerina hosts a raucous house party that goes terribly wrong, and, as a result, both bunny and snail wind up homeless. But then, overnight, an amazing thing happens. "Wee" will leave it at that, except to acknowledge that this is an exceptionally busy book, with lots going on in the text-rich story and even more in Seibold's signature, computer-assisted pictures--a wee bit much for some tastes, perhaps. Others, however, will doubtless find the generous, good-natured mix just right! --Michael Cart

Publisher's Weekly Review

Walsh and Seibold, whose offbeat characters include Mr. Lunch and Olive, the Other Reindeer, introduce a prepossessing and generous escargot. "Once upon a time... in a lovely meadow a stone's throw away... A bunny found an empty house and moved right in." Celerina, the rabbit, does not realize her new home is kept in good shape by Gluey, an ecru-green "carpenter snail" who loves fixing cracks. (Although his patching technique is not shown, he pores over a repair manual and lifts broken objects with his antennae.) When Celerina breaks a vase, Gluey puts it back together overnight. Yet the snail is too small to be seen or heard, so Celerina attributes her luck to her "magic" house. She proudly plans a party to show it off, and while she's tidying up, she meets Gluey and disgustedly "flick[s] him across the meadow." Celerina's darling name is much sweeter than she is; Seibold gives her a cynical cupid's-bow mouth and wicked Bette Davis eyes. But Gluey-whose blue-gray shell gets slightly damaged in his landing-does not hold a grudge, and Celerina comes to realize her error. Walsh creates suspense and sympathy around the snail's travails, and Seibold's images of the skeptical bunny and some gnomish "Wee Folk" are tongue-in-cheek charming. Shiny, translucent lines suggest sticky effluvium on the cover of this peculiarly appealing fable. All ages. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Gluey the snail likes to fix cracks and broken things. Luckily, he lives in a large house that is always in need of repair. Then, thinking it's empty, Celerina the bunny moves in, and believes that magic is responsible for the things that are miraculously repaired overnight. When she throws Gluey out of "her" house and her party with animal friends turns to disaster, she discovers the truth, and she and Gluey become good friends, with a little help from the "Wee people" who live unobtrusively nearby. This author/illustrator team has collaborated previously on the "Mr. Lunch" books, and the illustrations in this offering, although much brighter and intricate, are in the same vein: stylized cartoon pictures done with a computer program. Combined with the text, the whole makes an interesting book and children should enjoy picking out the little people that appear and disappear during the story.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.