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No Matter What [Paperback]

Debi Gliori
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Book Description

14 Dec 2002
A little fox is in a big bad mood, and is worried that its mother won't love it forever. In this beautiful and lyrical picture book, we see a clever and resourceful mother prove to her child that a parents love is limitless - no matter what! In this reassuring and warm picture book, the hugely talented Debi Gliori manages to treat the familiar subject of childhood worries in a very fresh, original and inventive way. 'This is an instant childhood classic for anyone over the age of three.' - "Independent On Sunday". "The literary equivalent of a big hug." - "The Times". "With gentle rhyming text, humorous pictorial detail and themes which can be explored and re-explored, this is a brilliant gem of a book." - "The Guardian".

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (14 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747563314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747563310
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Debi Gliori is the writer and illustrator of over seventy picture books and novels for children of all ages, including the much-loved 'No Matter What' and the Pure Dead series, recently optioned by Aardman. Ever since she could hold a pencil in her left hand, Debi has loved to draw pictures and make up stories. Nowadays, she works in her light-drenched garden shedquarters, surrounded by books and paints and one inflatable crocodile. A large percentage of Debi's time is spent dreaming up new ideas that she can turn into books. She lives outside Edinburgh with her partner and five children.

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Children need to know that above all else they are loved. But in a hectic world where the stresses and strains of busy lives push emotions into the background and practicalities to the fore the little things can sometimes be forgotten, and while an adult can often be content with the mere assumption that those around them care and love them no matter what they do, a child often needs more reassurance.

In No Matter What Debi Gliori tackles this most important of issues with a sense of wit and style that belies the importance of her message, allowing her solemn hero Small to ask the Really Big Questions about the nature of unconditional love and answering them with an intelligence and spirit illuminated by frantic and often hilarious illustrations which tickle the funny bone while providing honest answers.

"Does love wear out?" said Small.
"Does it break or bend?
Can you fix it, stick it, does it mend?"
No Matter What is a deceptively simple and important picture book which tackles a mighty big issue with a stealth and humour that prevents it from slipping into sloppy sentimentality while giving comfort and reassurance to any child who has ever questioned the nature of love.

If you only ever buy one book for the child in your life make it this one. (Age 3 and over) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


`[A story] about unconditional love . . . this is what I'd want to say to my own baby'
-- Hello! Magazine

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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The board book is NOT the original version!!! 26 Feb 2008
Format:Board book
Having already bought this 5-star book for my daughter (who adores it) I bought this one for a friend thinking the board format would be a good idea. But the text is different! The whole part that addresses death in a very simple, clear manner has been replaced by some syrupy watered down text that avoids the subject completely. No mention of this in the introduction - if I buy an abridged version, I want to know about it in advance.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I never get tired of reading this to my daughter (4yrs old) and she never tires of listening to it. Even my 9yr old loves to hear it.
When you've had one of those days when your child isn't being at their best and you've had to tell them off, this is the perfect story to read at bedtime, letting them know that no matter what, you'll always love them.
The book was given as a gift about 2 years ago and I still say thank you to my cousin for it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By EmmyD
This is a fantastic story which has helped me reassure my 3 year old daughter that I'll always love her after very suddenly & tragically losing her Daddy. The story is about a grumpy little fox looking for reassurance from his Mummy that she will always love him no matter how grumpy he is.
I was looking for a reassuring story & this touches on does love wear out or end even when we're gone. To which his Mummy assures him that love is like star light & even when we're not here anymore it still goes on this is very fitting for our situation after telling her that Daddy is a star now.
Definately recommend to anyone in a similar situation as I struggled to find bereavement story's to help me explain what was going on for my 3 year old though be reassured this is not a sad story & is extremely well written. No Matter What
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Glorious illustrations, good rhyming text and a lovely story about the strength of a parent's love for his/her child. Large tells grumpy Small that s/he will always love them regardless, even if they turn into a crocodile or any other unappealing creature (though in Gliori's pictures they still look pretty special). Then Small asks whether love wears out and Large says that love's like the light of the stars - it's a long way away but goes on and on. At 3 my children think it is funny that a mother would love a bear or a bug - at four the eldest is understanding the message. This is cleverer than Guess how much I love you and equally appealing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars read it and weep 29 Oct 2009
By Louread
I had to track this book down after reading the line 'Love like starlight never dies'in a favourite quote display in my primary school. The book is wonderful and the message that love is unconditional 'no matter what'. I sobbed through it when i first read it (alone)and then again the first few times i read it to my own children and i still can't read it to a class of children yet without getting choked. One of those books you need to have about and makes you appreciate your children even when they drive you mad!! Well recommended, but be prepared for the subject of death and dying to be raised.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 12 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My daughter had the board book copy of this in her book collection for years & always enjoyed it. When I was diagnosed with terminal cancer I was surprised to find this book in among the suggested titles for helping children come to terms with loss. It was then I discovered the hard back/paper page edition. I have 'lost' the board book & put this new copy away for when the time comes because it beautifully describes how love goes on forever - like the stars - even after we are dead. That is how I want my girls to think of me when I'm gone - with them & loving them forever.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
The slightly grumpy "small" in this story wants his/her mum to confirm that yes, his/her mum really loves him/her. S/he suggests a series of ever more imaginative scenarios to test the mum and the mum rises to the challenge each time. It's beautifully illustrated and my daughter (the middle one) just loves hearing it again and again, especially when she's worrying about sibling rivalry and her place in our affections. One of the few I really love reading to her again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars be careful which version you buy..... 30 Sep 2012
By zoe1
I bought this for my son in 2002 and it's been a much loved and wonderful book. I bought what I thought was the very same book (in board book form) for a friend's child last week and to my absolute horror they had changed the text considerably. It's become a dulled-down version of the original, taking out all the anarchic action and fun which would appeal to a child and replacing it with what I consider to be dull and predictable schmaltz. How wonderful is: 'Small was feeling grim and DARK'. How unnecessary to replace 'dark' with 'grumpy'. The rhyme has been broken, the wonder of the ending reduced to dull and predictable schmaltz. Deb Gliori, did you sanction this? I don't want to believe it!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
faverouite bedtime story
Published 15 days ago by sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story,
Lovely story, my daughter loves it and we gave a copy to her aunt who recently got married as this story appeals to young and old
Published 17 days ago by Miss Katie ME Flint
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Every family sound have a copy of this book!
Published 1 month ago by dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Loved - No Matter What
My 4 yr old granddaughter loves this book - it is helping her to have more confidence that even if she makes a mistake she is still loved.
Published 1 month ago by Sunlight and Shadows
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Helpful for a bereaved child.
Published 1 month ago by M. Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Great read! really supportive of life events and anxious children.

My 6 year old loves it- it means a lot to her!!!
Published 2 months ago by Helen Tubman
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids love it!
Wonderful way of helping kids understand that the're not their behaviour and are loved unconditionally. Very clever and poignantly put into verse. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. K. R. Denvir
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming
A wonderfully charming book, change "large" to mummy or daddy and "small" to your child's name and they love it.
Published 3 months ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Very sweet message
Lovely pictures. Its a story about a parent letting their child know that no matter what, they will always be loved. A good read and great message for children.
Published 5 months ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
Thank you so much I love this book and so does my little boy he enjoys us reading it together
Published 5 months ago by Victoria Higginbottom
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