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Title:
I'm not invited!
Author:
Bluthenthal, Diana Cain.
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Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) ; 30 cm
Summary:
Minnie is upset when she is not invited to Charles's party.
General Note:
"A Richard Jackson book."
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 67243.
ISBN:
9780689841415
Format :
Book

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Minnie's good friend Charles names his mealworm Minnie. So why doesn't he invite her to the party at his house this coming Saturday?Hopeful at first, Minnie, by week's end, is a wreck. "No invitation, no party, no nothing," she moans, feeling as everyone feels at one time or another: unhappily left out.Diana Cain Bluthenthal knows how to be a comfort -- to Minnie or anybody -- with a story and pictures that are funny as well as true to life.Minnie, by week's end, is a wreck. "No invitation, no party, no nothing," she moans, feeling as everyone feels at one time or another: unhappily left out.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Pres^-Gr. 1. Many young children have had this experience: a party is planned and they are not invited. In this book Minnie overhears her friend Charles talking about a party at his house on Saturday. All week she waits for an invitation that never comes. Is it lost? Is he mad at her? Did Charles forget to invite her? The day of the party, Minnie is asked to play kickball; she couldn't be more surprised when Charles shows up at the game. It turns out he's escaping his sister's birthday party. This misunderstanding (and a rather convoluted one at that) seems an odd way to depict the pain so many kids feel when they are left out of a special event. Still, Minnie's angst is just as real as if she had been deliberately overlooked, and kids can identify with those feelings. Right on target is the watercolor-and-ink art, which is reminiscent of the works of Amy Schwartz and Barbara Samuels. Despite a minimum of line work, feelings show up very well on the children's faces and in their body language. This may start some discussions with kids, who will recognize the emotions, if not the situation. --Ilene Cooper


Publisher's Weekly Review

Any kid who has ever felt excluded will immediately identify with the cover art on Bluthenthal's (Matilda the Moocher) satisfying book: a forlorn-looking girl watches a trio of peers walk by, engulfed in a bouquet of balloons. Minnie hears a girl ask Charles, "What time is the party?" and races home to check her mailbox for the invitation that is not there. Convinced that Charles will still invite her, the child is reminded of the forthcoming festivities at every turn: this week's vocabulary words have a party theme, she answers a wrong-number phone call for "Parties 'R' Us" and the pattern on her pajamas reminds her of confetti and streamers. Beginning to lose hope as the party day draws near, Minnie tries to console herself ("It's okay.... I don't have to be invited to everything" and "That's it!... Charles meant to invite me, but forgot to, and then forgot that he forgot!"). The girl's mood swings are easily discernible in Bluthenthal's winsome watercolors, and Minnie's misery is balanced visually by her (and others') exaggerated expressions and by the cheerful palette. Though real-life stories rarely have the happy ending that caps this tale (it was Charles's sister's party all along), most kids will recognize Minnie's situation and be inspired by her upbeat example. Ages 4-7. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Minnie overhears her friend Charles discussing a party that will take place on Saturday. Hurt that she has not been invited, she spends the week brooding, until by Friday she is downright morose, thinking of nothing else and scarcely able to eat. On the bus ride home from school that afternoon, she hits bottom: "Then all Minnie's hopes sank straight to her stomach. It was no use. `No invitation, no party, no nothing,' she wept." On Saturday, she goes to play ball with some friends, gratified that they haven't been invited either. To her surprise, there is Charles-it wasn't his party but his sister's that she had heard being discussed. While the story is competently written and the bright watercolor paintings are engaging, the message here is problematic. Should a party invitation have such an obsessive focus for a child? Why do her parents, who are aware of her gloom, not attempt to ascertain its cause? Minnie's angst is relieved only by the realization that she had not truly been left out. Would her downward spiral have continued if indeed she had been? While the book might be used to open discussion on these very questions, as an independent read it is an additional purchase.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.