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Bluthenthal, Diana Cain Matilda the Moocher ISBN 13: 9780531330036

Matilda the Moocher

 
9780531330036: Matilda the Moocher
While Matilda is sure she is Libby's best friend and therefore entitled to help herself to anything of Libby's, Libby believes Matilda is a moocher and goes home sick when she and Libby are paired for a class project.

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An odd take on friendship in this brightly illustrated but unsatisfying book. Libby's next-door neighbor Matilda turns up frequently to borrow Libby's bike, horn in on Libby's picnic, and ``share'' school supplies. Libby grows tired of lending her a quarter for ice cream every day; when she discovers her favorite socks on Matilda, she takes action. Libby stops taking ice cream money, tells Matilda the bike has a flat tire, and has her picnics indoors, but she can't escape when Matilda is made her partner for a class project. Feigning illness, Libby goes home to brood. Matilda comes over with a homemade get-well card and cupcakes, but also wearing Libby's hat--reform is far away. The gouache and pen-and-ink illustrations are lively, but Matilda is such an obnoxious character that one wonders why some convenient adult doesn't just smack her one and get her to mend her ways, or why Libby doesn't light into her--a couple of cupcakes can't account for everything. Children faced with moochers of their own will find only a modicum of consolation here. (Picture book. 5-8) -- Copyright 1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 3. Libby suspects that her friend Matilda is a moocher. She loves to ride Libby's bike, borrow her favorite socks, and she always needs to borrow a quarter at lunchtime. Libby starts avoiding the girl, going home from school "sick" so that she won't have to be Matilda's class-project partner. But when her friend visits, Libby remembers why she likes her, particularly Matilda's friendly way of making her feel better. This lighthearted story is whimsically illustrated with gouache and pen-and-ink in bright pastels that feature cartoonlike characters in a suburban setting. The varied layout keeps pace with the funny and precise text (a well-done first from an experienced illustrator), and although Matilda's mooching is never actually confronted or resolved, readers might be inclined to be as forgiving as Libby is of her friend. An easy, crowd-pleasing read-aloud.?Nina Lindsay, Vista School, Albany, CA
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  • PublisherOrchard Books
  • Publication date1997
  • ISBN 10 0531330036
  • ISBN 13 9780531330036
  • BindingLibrary Binding
  • Number of pages32
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