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No Matter What Paperback – 14 Dec 2002

4.5 out of 5 stars 156 customer reviews

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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 0.3 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 alternate Paperback edition.

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

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Format: Paperback
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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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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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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Format: Paperback
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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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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We love this book. This is the original version with the original ending "what about when we're dead and gone, will you love me then, does love go on" rather than the new version about when we're asleep or far away. It took forever to arrive but I specifically wanted the original version so was happy to wait for it. We read this before bed every night along with Guess How Much. I love that the message is that it doesn't matter if you are grumpy and throwing a tantrum or if you turn into a bug or if you are far away, your grown up will always love you no matter what. I also love that the grown up isn't called Mummy or Daddy so is good for all families whatever the set up.its become a tradition with both my little monkeys and one I intend to continue for a long time.
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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Paperback
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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