Too Much Glue
Written by Jason Lefebvre
Illustrated by Zac Retz
Matty LOVES glue. At home with Dad, he makes glue glasses, glue mustaches, and glue
bouncy balls. But at school, Matty’s art teacher worries and warns, “Too much glue never

In art class one day, Matty decides to make the most fantastic glue project ever, with a super-
special ingredient - himself! Ignoring his teacher’s warnings, Matty belly-flops onto the glue-
covered table, rolls all around in the sequins and glitter, and encounters an unexpected glitch -
when he tries to get up, he boings right back into the slippery, sticky mess!

This calls for a dose of imagination and a little help from friends. They try a gigantic tow truck,
some yarn lassoes, and dabbing Matty with everything in the nurse's bag – but each wacky
attempt only makes things worse! Finally Matty gets an idea from his hyperventilating teacher.
Will it work, or will Matty be a half-boy, half-art project stuck- to-a-table forever?
Hardcover, 32 full color pages, ages 4-8
Fall 2013
ISBN: 978-1-936261-27-7
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Praise for Too Much Glue

Chosen for the 2013 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog

From Publishers Weekly
"Matty is no paste eater, but short of consuming it, he loves everything about glue, especially using it in enormous quantities. Although Matty’s
teacher preaches moderation (“Glue raindrops, not puddles!”), Matty isn’t listening, and his parents are happy to encourage him. An early
scene shows the family wearing glue mustaches, goggles, and tiaras as they build small castles from the sticky stuff;
debut illustrator Retz’s
artwork is created digitally, but there’s a sculptural quality to it that almost suggests he could be using glue as a medium, too
After Matty launches himself into a giant puddle of glue at school, various efforts to free him only compound the problem: “Now I’m a clicky
bricky, clingy stringy, blucky stucky mess,” he says, none too upset.
First-time author LeFebvre presents a rowdy tale about the
disruptive forms that creativity can take
; although Matty’s teacher hyperventilates over the situation, there’s no yelling at, scolding of, or
consequences for Matty. Adults less understanding than those found within these pages should be forewarned: while imitation is the sincerest
form of flattery, it can also require serious cleanup. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)"

From Kates Bookery Rating: 5 stars

No joke: I just swiped this book from my son. I mean, I was the one who got my hands on it in the first place, but his teacher asked each
student to bring in their favorite book, and it didn't take Ben long to decide that Too Much Glue was his new favorite picture book. But I need
to review it! So here I am, at 5:13 AM, rifling through my son's backpack to get this book. Because you need to know about it. It is such a
fun book!

(His class needs to know about it, too, but they'll read it at 2 PM today. Consider this a sneak peek before those glue-happy kindergarteners
get to see it!)

The art teacher constantly reminds the young narrator in this book: "Too much glue never dries. Glue raindrops, not puddles! No, Matty, that's
too much glue!" As most problems do, this too-much-glue problem beings at home--we get a quick look at how Matty's parents encourage
this sort of sticky, irresponsible behavior at home. (Gasp!)

But back in school, during art class, Matty goes a little too far by double fisting some good ol' Elmer's and creating a puddle of glue on a table.
He throws in lots of trinkets and random decorations until he adds the final touch: himself! He belly flops into his sticky art creation -- to his
classmates' delight and his teacher's dismay. Of course, he gets stuck.

His classmates come up with a few different options for getting him out, but the lassoes snap off, the plastic brick tow truck explodes, the
principal sticks a note on his tummy, and the giant fan helps the glue do what Matty's art teacher promises could never happen: the glue dries.
He's now totally stuck. In author Lefebvre's words, he's a "note-on-my-tummy, melted mummy, clicky bricky, clingy stringy, blucky stucky
glue boy."

Luckily, his glue-promoting dad comes to school and to the rescue. He peels Matty off the table and declares his boy a masterpiece! I love
that his dad sees the humor in the situation...but, just in case any young readers think this is a good idea, his dad says, "Some beautiful things
only happen once, and this is one of those things." It's a kind way to say DO NOT DO THIS AGAIN, and we all get the point. I hope.

So they take the principal's sticky note and encourage the use of tape instead.

I did warn my son Ben that when he takes this to school please, please, PLEASE do not do what Matty does during Mrs Rothman's art class
and stick himself to a table to become gluey artwork himself! Fingers crossed I do NOT get that call later today...

This book is a kid-pleaser at the highest level. Lefebvre has honed in on that kid type of humor that is borderline inappropriate
(for parents) and therefore wildly funny (for kids). I'm sure some parents and teachers will worry that those to whom they are
reading will get some sticky ideas of their own, but hopefully that won't stop them from reading this book out loud. Again and
again and again.
Just hide the Elmer's if you're a little worried!

From New York Journal of Books
Old folks claim that too much of anything is not good for you, but young folks like Matty in Too Much Glue prove that “too much” is just
enough to brighten your day. In Too Much Glue by Jason Lefebvre young Matty is a glue connoisseur. His art projects at school are all glued
with generous “glue puddles” instead of sparing “glue raindrops”—much to his teacher’s disappointment. At home, he and his dad make glue
glasses, glue mustaches, and even glue castles. Matty’s mom also indulges him by operating the glue gun that helps hold all the gluey creations
in place. With such encouragement, it’s no wonder why Matty ignores his teacher’s warnings and squishes globs of glue on his latest project.
And when sequins and sparklers aren’t enough to make his new creation stand out, Matty adds something extra: Himself. Yes, Matty glues
himself to his masterpiece! Then follows a series of funny, unsuccessful events as his teacher, classmates, the school nurse, and even the
principal try to figure out how to un-glue Matty and return the classroom back to normal.
Too Much Glue
cleverly captures young children’s love of art, hands-on construction, and messy glue and combines it all with the
wonder of boundless imagination
. The result is a picture book that’s fun with laughs from the first page to the last. Mr. Lefebvre’s decision
to tell Matty’s story in first person is a wise one because it adds immediacy to a point-of-view that children respond to so well. Young readers
also get to experience (and identify with) the love and indulgence of Matty’s parents, the patience of his long-suffering teacher, the concern of
his school nurse, and the sage wisdom of his principal—all through Matty’s imaginative eyes. Illustrator Zac Retz uses the splendor of
computer animation to bring wide-eyed Matty, his gluey hands, and his oozing creations to life. The book is
a veritable explosion of color,
wild facial expressions and in-your-face activities that children are sure to love.
This book is perfect for art time in an elementary class or as a favored book before bedtime. It might be given to a budding artist as
a birthday or “anytime” gift, and it’s a definite must-have for library shelves.

From Children's Literature
Although his teacher has warned him about using too much glue, Matty, our narrator, and his father both love glue. They use it at home to glue
everything. So in art class one day Matty pours a lake of glue from the bottle and fills it with sequins and googly eyes. Then he flops onto the
table and covers himself with it all. Unfortunately he then finds himself stuck on the table. Nothing seems to allow him to pull himself off; he is a
"...blucky stucky mess." The text has fun playing with such descriptive words. He finally gets the glue to dry but he is still stuck. His dad
manages to peel him off the table; then Dad displays Matty like a work of art. Perhaps they may take the principal's advice and use tape in the
The stage is set for the fun to come on the jacket/cover, where an excited Matty messes with strings of white glue.
Photoshop is used to depict the rounded, slightly exaggerated characters, the believable classroom, and the wild attempts to
release Matty.
The end pages have their own message. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz

From School Library Journal
Is there such a thing as too much glue? Matty, the glue-obsessed narrator, is determined to find out in this quirky picture book. Despite his art
teacher’s warning that  “Too much glue never dries,” Matty makes a gluey lake for his creation. The finishing touch is to throw himself into the
middle of his sticky artwork. “But when I try to pull myself off the table, I boing right back down!” His friends try various methods to free him,
the nurse checks his temperature, and the principal leaves a note, but they all fail to pull him from the gluey mess. Finally, his dad, who has a
similar obsession, peels him off the table and proclaims, “Matty, you’re a masterpiece!” The Photoshop illustrations complement the text. The
facial expressions are wonderful on both teachers and students....

From The Horn Book Guide
"Matty ignores his art teacher's warning against using "too much glue" and learns when he takes a flying leap onto his project that he probably
should have listened. The outlandish story revolves around efforts to extract Matty from his glue straitjacket, which ultimately becomes its own
artwork. The involved illustrations do it justice..."

From Pawing Through Books
"...Lefebvre will have children laughing at the antics that happen throughout the story... from the boy using all the glue, to those trying different
methods to unstick him, and how his family reacts in the end. Zac Retz' illustrations are great.  The images are cartoony, which help lend to the
silliness in the story."

From Good Reads with Ronna
Flashlight Press is a small publishing house based in my old stomping ground of New York; Brooklyn, to be precise. Although they don’t
publish a lot of picture books each year, what they do publish is not to be missed.
That is certainly the case with the uproarious picture book Too Much Glue (Flashlight Press, $16.95, Ages 4-8). When a review copy entitled
Too Much Glue arrived in the mail, I was instantly transported back to Mrs. Snow’s elementary school art class where I, like the book’s main
character Matty, over-indulged in what could be called Glue Pouring (and Smearing) 101.
Author Lefebvre is keenly aware of many youngsters’ predilection for squeezing out way too much of that fascinating sticky stuff in the plastic
bottle with the orange twist cap. In fact, Matty’s teacher cautioned her class, “Glue raindrops, not puddles!” But what kid doesn’t love
splashing around in puddles, so creating a big gooey lake of glue was simply too hard to resist, especially for Matty.
The combination of Lefebvre’s loud read-aloud language (there’s Plooooop!, Geronimo!, Snap! and Kabooom!) and Retz’s colorful and
comical (lots of wide-open eyes and mouths) illustrations make this an irresistible, over-the-top tale sure to keep kids glued to their seats at
story time!
Readers learn that playing with glue is nothing new for Matty who, together with his dad, designs “glue eyeglasses, glue mustaches, and even
glue bouncy balls.” So it should come as no surprise that Matty’s slopping glue all over his desk with a dash of sequins and a dollop of goggly
eyes is a recipe for trouble. And try as they might, Matty’s classmates valiant efforts with a lasso, and a tow truck fail miserably to remove
Matty from his desktop disaster. Even the school nurse ends up leaving Matty as a “melted mummy, clicky bricky, clingy stringy, blucky
stucky mess.”
Is there a way out of this sticky predicament for Matty or is he destined to remain stuck forever in an art project gone awry? Find out for
yourselves if Matty finds freedom in this no holds barred picture book that celebrates creativity in every sense of the word.

From Painted Paper blog
Well the title says it all!... having a new group of first graders I wanted to assess their gluing skills while having something for them to create on
their first day of school. I wanted a fun project to tie in with gluing and cutting skills. First we used this fabulous book to get our brains and
eyes going. The children just loved the book! One class even clapped when I was done reading it. After we saw the masterpiece Matty
created (a body suit made out of glue) we made our own suit/shirt out of painted paper and added cool stuff (actually stuff given to me by the
beloved grandma of the district). These are things that really make the students use their fine motor skills and practice careful use of glue.
The kids loved this simple project. I got my assessments done and a fun display was created with their creative shirts. And of course lots of

From BookLoons Reviews
"...Zac Retz's digital art brings this humorous story to life while Jason Lefebve's zany text explains what's happening. This wonderful picture
book will have the reader in stitches as Matty helplessly wallows in the gloppy gloop, clingy, sticky mess he has created. And don't worry.
Matty's dad, an accomplished glue guy himself, knows just what to do to salvage the situation and turn a disaster into a lesson on creativity!"

From Kid Lit Reviews blog
The first time I saw the cover I knew I had to review this book. Thankfully, Flashlight Press agreed to send me a copy and it is better in
person.  Way better!  I think
Too Much Glue is fantastic! The beautifully rendered illustrations are on glossy paper that is thick, making it
difficult for little fingers to tear a page.  The illustrations are hilarious. The color runs from one edge to the other.  The point of view and the
angles change giving the reader different views of Matty and his situation. There he is plopping the glue onto the tabletop. Now he is lying flat
on top of all that gluey mess while we watch him squirm from our seat on the ceiling. All we see of the others are the tops of their heads as
they look at Matty flustered and concerned over how to free their free-spirited classmate. Then we are eye level with Matty, who has found a
way to sit up. Wait, something is wrong.  His classmates and their teacher all look horrified! Matty cannot get off the table. The glue continues
holding him captive!

How can you not laugh at those scenes? The author uses words that immediately tell you the tone has changed, the mood has shifted, and the
outcome might be bad for Matty. You can visualize all of this happening without the illustrations, but with the illustrations, it is a farcical romp
into the land of slapstick comedy. I love this kind of no message, just for fun, picture book that brightens a child’s face each time they read it
or have it read to them. There is not a parent around who can read this without cracking a smile and maybe a giggle or two. It is so much fun
reading aloud SNAP! CREAK! CLICK! or KABOOM! Especially, KABOOM!

I have no doubt kids will love this picture book.
Too Much Glue will be an award-winning picture book by year’s end. It is terrific
. This is a great read-aloud book for a story time, the new go-to book when needing a pick-me-up, and a story you so much want to
duplicate but know the consequences would not be worth the laughs.  
Too Much Glue is all that I thought it would be and more.  Any
child between the age of 4 and 8 would love to receive Too Much Glue.  The story will delight you and the illustrations will kick up the laugh
factor.  I guarantee, you will never look at or think about glue in the same way again once you’ve read Too Much Glue.

From The Altered Page blog
While this book seems at first glance to be primarily aimed at kids...I think it also connects to the kid in all of us no matter what age. From the
press release: Although his teacher has warned him that too much glue never dries, Matty loves glue...So one day during art, he searches for
the fullest glue bottles in the classroom and the fun begins... And fun is what this book is all about. From the story that cannot help but make
you laugh and smile, to the colorful and exuberant illustrations,
Too Much Glue will resonate with the artist in everyone. You cannot
help but like this book.

Little Miss Kindergarten blog
Not only will this book appeal to children but it will appeal to any teacher who actually understands that glue expectations have to be taught to
young children.

From Mrs. Bremer's K blog
"I highly recommend this book for use in primary classrooms {especially for art teachers!} in the beginning of the school year as a springboard
for discussing how to use art materials properly...such as glue!"

From k6art blog
Here is a fun and easy kindergarten collage project based on the new book, Too Much Glue.

From Creator Syndicate (August 5, 2013)
…a hilarious school romp about a boy who overuses, to put it mildly, his glue bottle.

From 4 the Love of Teaching blog (July 26, 2013)
Don't we ALL know little Matty's in our classrooms, who always use too much glue? I know I do!... My favorite line in the story is when
Matty's art teacher tells him "Glue raindrops, not puddles!"  Isn't that great?!  I know I will use that saying in the future!  

From Pocket Full of Kinders blog (July 26, 2013)
I am in love. Like puffy heart love!... I know that my kiddos are going to get a kick out of following Matty and his glue explorations.

From Crayons and Curls blog (July 29, 2013)
What a great way to introduce my class to using glue with this adorable story!

From Life Is Sweet in Kindergarten blog (July 30, 2013)
…beautiful, whimsical illustrations! You know how hard it is to hold a brand new kinders attention for even a hot minute, but I know they are
going to love looking at the pictures in this book!

From Busy Bees blog (July 30, 2013)
Zac Retz has done an outstanding job with the illustrations in this book.  Each page is filled with vibrant illustrations that any age will enjoy.

From Pencil Books and Dirty Looks blog (August 4, 2013)
There are so many writing traits that can be taught through this book…. Students will love this book!

From Carolina Teacher blog (August 5, 2013)
The writing and illustrations are so much fun!  I know my kindergarteners will eat it up.

From That Artist Woman blog
I quite enjoyed this tale and it has great flow with rhyming word sections and single word emphasis, a wonderful storytime book for
Kindergarten and Grade 1.... The illustration work by Zac Retz is terrific. Full of colour and interesting looking characters that will keep your
listeners glued!

From Our Art Lately blog
Just like Matty in the book embraces his love of glue and turns it into a "masterpiece", I embraced my Kindergartners love of piling glue onto
paper and had them make their own gluey masterpieces!

From Midwest Book Review
Too Much Glue is a colorful children's picturebook about a young boy whose enthusiasm in art class leads him to use more glue than the
teacher recommends. When he gets glue and colorful bits of paper all over himself, none of his classmates can figure out how to detangle his
sticky mess, until his parents come to collect him - fortunately, Dad has a brilliant idea! The lively, exuberant art adds the perfect touch to this
just-for-fun read-aloud story.

From Horn Book Reviews
Matty ignores his art teacher's warning against using "too much glue" and learns when he takes a flying leap onto his project that he probably
should have listened....

From San Francisco Book Review -- Reviewed by Nishaant, Age 5
This book is about too much glue, so you can guess what will happen. Matty is in art class. The art teacher says that too much glue will not
dry. (Matty and his dad like to make silly costumes and things out of glue at home.) While the kids and teacher are not looking, Matty pours
two bottles of glue all over the table. He jumps off his chair right into the glue headfirst. He gets stuck on the table. His friends try to get him
out with a lasso, but it goes SNAP, and the string breaks. They try to use a tow truck made of blocks, and it goes KABOOM! The toy truck
breaks, and lots of blocks go flying. Matty’s idea is to use a white, paper fan over him to dry the glue. Will it work? Read the book to find
out. My favorite part is when Matty jumps in the glue. I like the story, but I don’t like the pictures. I don’t like the people’s faces and hair.
They don’t look real. I would give this book to a friend. “Glue raindrops, not puddles!”

From the Stratford (Washington) Public Library
Young listeners will be “glued” to this hilarious, outrageous story, reminiscent of the tales written by children’s author Robert Munsch. It would
be enjoyed as a read-aloud in an elementary school class.

From The Duct Tape Guys, Jim and Tim
This [book] is one of the first instances in which we've considered a principal to be exceedingly wise. Duct Tape = more fun with obviously
much less mess." - Jim and Tim, The Duct Tape Guys
Activities for
Home or Class
* NY State Charlotte Award list, 2015-16
* MT Treasure State Award WINNER, 2016-17
* 2014 Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award, Kids Books category
Play On Words PAL Award 2014
* chosen for the  2013 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog
* Alabama Camellia Award list 2014-15, Grade 2-3 Division
* Recommended and included in the
Elmer's World of Glue Free Teaching Guide
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Too Much Glue