Well the title says it all!
I was contacted to preview this adorable book written by Jason Lefebvre and
illustrated by Zac Retz.
This fun story is about a little boy named Matty who finds the fullest bottles of glue, and the fun begins. With a squeeze and a plop, Matty pours a lake of glue before belly-flopping right in the middle and finding himself stuck to the desk.
You know the one. The creative kid who pushes the envelope in art class. This little guy covers himself with glue and makes a terrific piece of art with all the cool stuff that one would find in the art room.
Well, 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. Some of our cool stuff in our scrap box were yarn, animal print papers, foam shapes, and painted paper.
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 glue!
Matty’s family celebrates his son’s creativity and calls him a work of art. With vibrant language and artwork and a wild, silly plot, Too Much Glue is sure to appeal to all children who love to get messy. I know my students LOVED it!